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 Post subject: Signed Books
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:49 pm 
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Apparently Neil Gaiman only has one more signing tour in him:-

http://www.wnblog.co.uk/2013/01/are-we- ... thor-tour/

How important are signatures to people when buying books?

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:21 pm 
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I'd rather like all the ebooks I own to be signed.

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:08 am 
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Hmm... interesting.

I have a lot of signed copies in my collection but that's because they were the only option available when buying them. That said, I would probably choose to have a signed edition over an unsigned. Don't quite know why though, I guess it's that "personal touch" philosophy although surely that would only apply when you actually meet the author and get them to sign it in your presence. That's special because it's an experience that's personal and specific to you. (And possibly the first indication that you're becoming a stalker).

There's the monetary aspect as well I guess. If you sell on then you're likely to make more on the sale with a signed edition. There appears to be a bit of horse before the cart going on with publishers though - I've just bought Joel Lane's collection from PS Publishing. I bought an unsigned edition because I didn't think the signature (much as I admire Joel's writing) was worth an extra £20.

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:41 pm 
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I remember being over the moon to get a signed copy on Who on Earth Is Tom Baker for Christmas from Ranjna, a few years ago, but on the whole I'm not at all bothered. Nice at a convention to get a book signed by the contributors who are there, but that's more about creating a memento of the event.

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:24 pm 
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I'll admit that I'm indifferent to signatures, though I'm always pleased when, as happens occasionally, authors send me books with a personal inscription.

I can see the fun in getting a signature - as Rolnikov says, it's a way to commemorate the event, and also you've made contact with the author, had some physical connection.

Not so keen on the signature as standard - most of the time the author won't even have handled the book, just the signing sheet, and the 'specialness' seems to have gone out of it (the signature is no more noteworthy than the name printed on the spine or cover).

I'd take a signed book over an unsigned one, but it's not something I'd say justifies much of a mark up in price.

I suspect in the future the books without signatures will be the rare (i.e. valuable) ones, sought after by collectors.

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:49 pm 
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Pete wrote:

I suspect in the future the books without signatures will be the rare (i.e. valuable) ones, sought after by collectors.


I think that is right!

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 Post subject: Re: Signed Books
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I think that's right too, unlike my horse and cart reference which, out of the two options available, somehow manged to use the two componenets in the wrong order thus rendering the analogy completely redundant. By way of commemorating this hilarious schoolboy error, I'll print out a limited number of the post as hard copies and sign them with a personal message. £20 anyone?

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