Thursday, June 10, 2010

Signature

This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

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? :)

9 comments:

  1. I've gotten more interested in signed books over the last few years. I'm still not fond of standing in really long lines, but to meet certain authors, I probably would. So far, I think I haven't had to wait very long for any of mine. Yeah, I guess the books aren't going anywhere or doing anything, but I almost always get signed ones I know I will read again...someday :)

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  2. I don't hugely care about signatures - i certainly don't chase after them but having said that I do have one signed book and I kind of look after it a little more carefully than all the others, so maybe I am a latent signature collector!

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  3. I don't care about autographs either, and in most cases, I don't care about owning books. I mostly read on my Kindle these days, or I get books from the library. I do, however, love meeting and chatting with authors whose work I admire, so I will go to signings for the experience.

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  4. So glad that someone stood up and admitted this. I don't get excited about signings and that isn't just because most authors don't come to my neck of the woods.

    Not only do I not have the room to save tons of signed books, I am not the sort to go all freaky about getting that prize.

    On the other hand, I do get excited about old signed or even just inscribed books. For me, they are like going back in a time machine. I would kill to have say, a signed Gatsby and I guard my signed copy of History of New York by Irving/Knickerbocker like it is my first born.

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  5. I actually like autographed copies if I have gotten to know the author. I have a set of signed books (maybe 10) of local Texas authors. These are people that I have seen more than once and feel a connection with. The only authors I would probably stand in a huge line for: C. Feehan and C. Harris (two I would love to have books from) but I have been reading them forever and they really are my "rock stars". I do love going to author signings though and hearing them talk :)

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  6. I'm with you. I have a few, and they just take up space on my shelf. I'll confess to actually selling one back to Powells not too long ago. Hopefully, another Jill will find it and buy it. :-D

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  7. I'm not a big collector of signed editions either. I have a few that I've gotten over the years. The one that means the most to me is a signed copy of one of Mark Bowden's books (author of Black Hawk Down). I met him at the LA Times Books Festival a few years back and he was so gracious to me and my son and even emailed me after the event to send me something he had promised. I was really impressed with his follow up and my son really cherishes that book that Mark signed to him. But I don't generally like to wait in those long lines either and I'm with you, I'm usually a bit confused as to what to say when I finally get my turn!

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  8. I love a signed book when it's from an author I love and have met and have chatted with - in other words, when I feel like there's some kind of personal connection with the author.

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  9. Ooh I just love signed things!! Especially books!! I only do it though if it is someone I really really love!! And then I go home and look at the book and the signature and get all goose pimply and excited remembering how I just met someone I admire so much. Absolutely love it. Highlights of my collection are Continuity (continuity polaroids from Absolutely Fabulous) signed by Jennifer Saunders (a particular idol) and my A Midsummer Night's Dream program signed by Judi Dench.

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