Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I've gone over completely to the dark side...

It's bad that I think this is cool.

I'm one of those readers who occasionally has authors sign the back of her Kindle.  (Among other things--but that's a post for a different day.)  As long as you use a Sharpie and keep your Kindle in a cover, the signatures are fine.  No, my problem is that Amazon keeps replacing my Kindle.  I've had like five or six of them.  Every time I have the slightest issue or complaint (i.e. my battery needs to be changed), they just send me a new machine.  Their customer service is excellent, but James Rollins has signed the back of at least three Kindles, and it's time to do it again.  Actually, it's basically like getting the latest novel signed at each book tour.

Now I totally want digital signatures in my ebooks.  When did I become this person?

P.S.:  Yay me!  My first multi-media blog post!

UPDATE 3/9/2011:  Author Boyd Morrison writes in to remind me that we had dinner with TJ Waters, the author/inventor in the story above in New York last summer.  D'oh!  That's why he looks so familiar.  (In my defense, there were, like, eight of us, and I already knew everybody else at the table.  Plus, I was sitting next to Graham Brown and, well, have you seen him?)  As it happens, TJ is a lovely dining companion.  I am totally buying TJ's novel Secret Signs, just so that he can sign it!  Actually, the novel sounds kind of awesome, but it's not available on Kindle.  What's up with that, TJ?


  1. Thanks for this video. Very interesting. I'm not an e-book-reader at all. Still valuing my paper books too much. But I know the time will come...

    This will definitely solve your signatures problem!

    (JudithAnn on Shelfari)

  2. Well, I live in a studio apartment with several thousand paper books--a great many of them signed. I treasure my books and have no intention of not buying the latest hardbacks by my favorite authors. But on the flip side, I would generally prefer there be no lingering evidence if I ever read a Dean Koontz novel again. THAT'S the brilliance of the ereader. (And, yes, I do have a signed Koontz in my home.)

    More seriously, I just think the esigs are super cool!

  3. Hi Susan! What a great post! I remember you from last summer and look forward to seeing you at Thrillerfest this year. Why isn't Secret Signs in ebook format? A very good question! I've asked my publisher so many times I'm going hoarse! I'm biting my fingers to keep from typing anything my attorney can't get me out of - suffice it to say I won't be publishing anything else with them in the future. I will however be sending you a signed copy of the ebook, so be watching for it tonight! Best, TJ Waters.

  4. TJ,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. And for what it's worth, I clicked the little "Tell the publisher you want to read this book on Kindle" button on Amazon.

    Meanwhile, I see that you are a man of your word. Your signed gift ebook did indeed arrive last night, and I have to tell you that I am tickled pink! My suspicions on seeing the news story linked above are confirmed. Your Autography invention is SO cool! I would love to see that in wide usage.

    Due to the reviewing backlog, it'll probably be a while before I have a chance to read and review Secret Signs (though I'm so tempted to leapfrog it ahead of the pack) but I will be sure to include a photo of the inscription with the review. This is honestly the neatest thing I've seen in a while. Thanks for sharing!


  5. oh i like this! what a great way to reduce the clutter