When I first announced my intentions to self-publish, a common question was whether or not hard copies would be available (yes) because people want a signed copy, and how on earth would I be able to sign an ebook? I pondered it and initially came up with nothing.
There are clever digital signature programs out there but I hesitate to rely on technology on the spot while people wait in line. Then I ventured into the scary and intimidating world of Twitter. There I saw something wonderful – a lightbulb moment, if you will. One of my favourite authors, Christopher Moore (@theauthorguy) was touring with his latest novel, Sacre Bleu, and a fan brought a handmade book jacket for an ereader that she asked Mr. Moore to sign. He took a picture and tweeted it.
I don’t know who the fan was, so I can’t give her credit, but I did steal her idea. Here is the result…
This is the template I used. I created a table in Word, sized the cells to the proper dimensions and inserted the picture.
The finished product after cutting, folding and gluing.
I think this lends a lovely tactility to an otherwise virtual experience. It’s a nod to the phenomenology of traditional books.
Have you bought a copy of the ebook that you would like signed? Email me at simplicty[dot]kh[at]gmail[dot]com.