One of the best things about owning paperback books is that you can attend book signings of your favorite authors for them to leave their signatures on your books. It seems like Barnes & Noble has realized the importance of a book signing and will be including a new feature in their NOOKcolor tablets to help improve the situation.
While it definitely won’t be the same as a regular book signing, B&N’s NOOKcolor tablets will have a new feature that lets authors digitally sign their books using an e-stylus. One of the first authors to host an eBook signing, Sandra Boynton (The Going to Bed Book) will have an event at B&N’s upper East Side store in New York City (7pm, Monday, May 2) next week. It’s not going to feel the same as getting a paperback signed, and possibly inked and smudged – but it’s better than nothing right? Maybe future versions of the book signing feature will enable a more authentic book feel to it.
I wonder if the signatures will stay on the book if it’s deleted from the device and then re-downloaded. Maybe B&N can also let users sell their autographed eBooks secondhand at higher prices. Though I don’t think it would be too hard to forge fake signatures, especially when they’re digital. Would you attend an eBook signing event?