Do signed copies excite you? Tempt you? Delight you? Or does it not matter to you?
I'm actually glad this was brought up because I feel I might be in the minority here. I have a few signed books and I'll stand in line sometimes for one but for the most part, signed copies don't really matter to me. I don't really 'get' the allure. People will stand in line for hours to have something signed. Everything that I've stood in line to have signed has been for probably 20 minutes tops. It's not to say that I didn't enjoy going to hear someone speak before that, but that for me, was the point of the experience. Hearing what an author has to say about their life, their writing process, their next book maybe, from their own mouth, that's what I like. Standing in line, I feel like cattle and I never know what to say when finally thrust in front of them. And then afterward, what do I do with the book? Keep it forever and ever. Some of mine are cookbooks so they will get used and messy, not protected and enshrined. And the novels, I don't really re-read them so I loan them out like any other book. I admit, when I do this, people feel like they have to treat it with respect and I am much more likely to get the book back quickly, so that's nice!
So, yes I am glad we could get this out in the open here. For those of you that get lots of books signed, what am I missing? :)