When I first heard of this I imagined a bunch of people standing in line with their Kindles/Nooks/iPads, waiting for some writer to do an approximate version of his signature with this index finger.But apparently e-book signing is slowly taking off, mostly because it’s cool, but also because the new technology requires it.
Even though e-book signing it’s still in its infancy, we have several options so far. First there’s Kindlegraph – you sign it with your Twitter account, then add your book’s ASIN and your set. Users log in and they request a Kindlegraph, at which point you’ll be notified and will have to write them a dedication or something. But there’s one big disadvantage to this: you have to use your mouse or computer track-pad or an iPhone’s screen – it’s quite jarring to get your signature right.
Then there’s Autography, which, from what I’ve read, has a patent for the particular technology employed in their e-book signing app. Unfortunately, I could just read all the marketing propaganda they have on their website because there is just an app for the iPad so far – and I don’t own an iPad. But the idea sounds nice – this technology they’re using apparently allows you to sign anywhere on the e-book – cover, interior, on the margins. You can send readers custom content, such as photos with the reader. It almost makes want to buy an iPad.
I’ve read that the Nook Color has an autographing function, but I don’t own one (yeah, I know, I don’t own anything), so I can’t say if it’s good or not, or if it’s even working.