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Online Book Signings

   April 1st, 2009

Although the Kindle and other ebook devices are growing steadily in popularity, there is one advantage that libraries and bookstores still have: author visits and book signings.

Getting to listen to and meet an author in person is a great experience. And it's something that you can only do in person - right? Not any more. Amazon has announced a new program in an effort to recreate this experience for its Kindle customers.

The new "Online Book Signings" portion of their Digital Text Platform lets Kindle customers watch a live webcast of an author talking about their book, and ask the author questions via realtime chat.

But the best part is that people who buy a Kindle version of the book will also be able to get it personalized and signed by the author. A demo (Kindle not required) of three titles is below - click a title, type in your name, and then download the signed book to your Kindle. Pretty neat.

The World Is Flat cover
The World Is Flat
by Thomas L. Friedman
The Graveyard Book cover
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Just After Sunset cover
Just After Sunset
by Stephen King

This might start a whole new market for digital autographs - so collect all three!

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3 Responses to “Online Book Signings”

  1. Matt Says:

    I totally fell for this. You should see my indignant response that I drafted for my site. Ended with something like “I don’t see how this could possibly be taken by anybody as anything more than a joke” – and then I remembered the date.


  2. Auntie Nanuuq Says:

    So I was thinking “How much more virtually stupid could people get”….Ah you got me!

    But, I’ll bet this is something that Amazon will be looking at (working on) now that you put it out there.

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    A few more April Fools-related links, from the Huffington Post: 100 Greatest April Fool’s Day Hoaxes and April Fools 2009! The Best Pranks Of This Year