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How the heck do you sign an ebook? Sarah Zettel tells us how

Is our knowledge catching up as fast as technology is? This is a great question, how the heck DO you sign an ebook? Sarah Zettel shows us her idea:

"We’re in the middle of a revolution, and everybody knows it. The maturing of an infrastructure to support electronic books is changing the delivery and exchange of information and entertainment. Again.

Now, I’m not pretending that I know how this will shake out, but inspired by well, the fact that I’ve been directly involved in bringing about the revolution for a couple of years now, and things like last week’s Amazon/MacMillan smackdown, I thought I might start an occasional series here about the changes ebooks are bringing, large and small.

For instance, a couple of weeks ago, I was attending ConFusion, as science fiction convention held annually in southeast Michigan. Good convention. Good programming, good chance to catch up with friends. While hanging out in the hotel lobby, I saw there, Toby Buckell, a friend and fine SF writer. I had recently bought a copy of Toby’s Sly Mongoose in ebook format, and had it with my on my reader. That reader has a touch screen, and a stylus that is very handy for making notes on manuscripts I’ve loaded into it (that’s another post).


But could I use it for…more important things?

So I walked up to Toby and asked if he’d autograph my ebook.

As far as I know, this was a first. And it worked. And quickly went meta as people gathered around to snap photos on their smartphones and tweet about the event.

Conclusion: the ebook future is a silly place, but I like it."

For More Info: Book View Cafe ( is the internet's largest professional author cooperative featuring new fiction daily. Sarah Zettel also writes under the name CL Anderson. Her latest novel BITTER ANGELS (

For more info: Sarah Zettel's Website


  • jeanie, gig harbor stay at home mom examiner 4 years ago

    That is the best ebook story! I love it,

  • Sandra Sookoo 4 years ago

    Sweet! I have that exact Sony e-reader. I never thought about asking an author to "sign" the book before. Nice idea!

  • Worldwalker 3 years ago

    Not much help for those of us with non-touch-screen ebook readers, though. :(

    In my daydreams of being a rich and famous author on a lavish book tour, I imagine signing little boxes containing the deluxe edition of my ebook on an SD card.

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