Friday, August 12, 2011

Geeky Goodness: The KindleGraph

It was bound to happen. The Geek Extraordinaires at Amazon have developed an application that allows authors to digitally autograph e-books. Yep. They really have.  

I haven't tried it yet but it looks super easy and I found this article at RT Book Reviews that explains it all. It's the best explanation I've seen on the KindleGraph, complete with links and instructions.  I'm sure it won't be long before the Nook, Kobo, and Sony-Reader folks join in the fun and write their own applications, if this one isn't already compatible with all the other e-readers out there. 

What do you think about digital autographs?  The wave of the future or a passing trend?

14 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

Very cool. Hey, I bought your book yesterday. And I like your writing style, it reminds me of Kristin Higgins' a little bit.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Liz,

Interesting concept, but to me a 'real' autograph on a 'real' book is what an autograph sacred.

There's nothing like feeling the book in you hand and staring at the signature of a treasured author.

Liz, if you have a second I dedicated my post to you today.... drop by if you can.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Someone else posted about this recently - interesting idea!

Colette said...

Hmmm... Just watched the video on this. It seems so impersonal (for both the reader and the author). You will be signing books without ever meeting the reader. I'm not feeling it.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

I'm not sure I see the point of an autograph per se, but the merit of a dedication to all readers might not go amiss nor unread! ;)

best
F

Pauline Barclay said...

I keep thinking I should look into this and maybe I would sell more of my books on Kindle if I offer to sign them...laugh I can dream! By the way so enjoying Craving Perfect on my Kindle! x

Cold As Heaven said...

Autographs don't interest me, but I consider buying a Kindle reader >:)

Cold As Heaven

J.L. Campbell said...

I saw an article about this some weeks ago. I think it'll catch on, especially with those who are publishing on Kindle.

Nicki Elson said...

I'm like you, think it's interesting, but haven't actually done it yet. Actually...I'm sorta waiting for version two, which you just know is coming after all the kinks are discovered.

I agree w/ what Colette said about it being impersonal too---just upload a signature and people download it. Arlee Bird over at Tossing it Out is cooking up something that would allow personal signings that would be embedded in the eBooks themselves...stay tuned...

Also, I'm so late in e-mailing you! I mailed your book out last Friday and was told 7-10 days, so if Three Daves doesn't arrive in beautiful AZ by the end of next week, please let me know!

Danette said...

ummm, so what is the point of a digital autograph? I mean it's a bit like getting a stamped autograph in a book. Even in a book... the difference between getting an inscribed book and a book that was plopped down in front of the author and signed enmasse is a distinctly differently thing. And the inscribed one is far more valuable. A digital autograph seems like a trend that will not be worth the paper it's printed on. :)

Liz Fichera said...

From your comments, obviousy there are some mixed emotions about the digital autograph. I'm still a little mixed too, although I do believe it is the way of the future. Nothing can compare to the real deal, though. That is, standing in line, meeting your fave author, and getting an autograph. That said, not everyone is able to do that. Not everyone even wants to to do that.

@Angela & Pauline: Thank you!

Trisha said...

That is so geekishly good! I love it!

Nas Dean said...

Hi Liz,

Though an interesting idea, but a real signature and message on the print copy is fantastic!

Talli Roland said...

I've tried it! I like that you can write personal messages, but it's a bit annoying having to add the kindlegraph address to your approved Kindle emails, blah blah blah.