Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Book Signing at a Distance?

You've got to be kidding me! According to Mark Flanagan of About Literature: Contemporary, there is new gizmo on the market (brought to you by Margaret Atwood and Unotchit, whose title in the title bar at the top of the browser is actually Unotchitd.. haha) that enables authors to sign their books while relaxing in their own homes. The video showing how this device works keeps locking up on me, which is highly disappointing. I'm really quite curious!

But what I can't get away from is the idea that this really takes away from the experience of the fans. Why not just request a signed copy via the mail or something equally unexciting? Part of the fun of a book signing would be the experience of meeting the author. In person! Wouldn't it?

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