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One for the techies . . .
« on: August 13, 2013, 04:37:43 PM »
Is it possible to somehow embed/use a redeemable coupon or code to provide a 'signed copy' for e-books?

I'm thinking it'd be neat for readers to be able to have an electronic version of a personalised signature if such a thing could exist. :-[

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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 10:15:54 PM »
The question is well above my pay grade.

You might want to send our resident-genius Andrew a PM on this. The subject matter should be right in his wheelhouse.
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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 10:17:45 PM »
Looks like it should be possible. After all, Adobe offers users an "authorized" (or something like that) signature for documents.
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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 10:20:53 PM »
You could always do a registration number and then when it is filed, send the signature. Q codes could be another option?

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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 10:29:52 PM »
Just wondered . . . it'd be a nice 'extra' for buyers. Say e-books were promoted at a festival or somesuch, if the author had done a reading and there were queues of fans, they could get a list from those who bought a download and offer the 'signing' just like regular print gigs do. It'd be a nice personal touch for protected copy. Or even if they did podcasts or an interactive web thingywhatsit effort :-[ 

Can you tell I haven't a clue what I'm talking about? ;D


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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 04:30:49 PM »
It's an interesting question. I've not tried it myself, but I gather there are various ways of "signing" e-books, depending on what exactly you want to achieve. This Kindle e-book looks like a useful info resource for a couple of bucks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009U0ACSG#reader_B009U0ACSG

Autography from http://www.autography.com is the leading software solution, but you could certainly use DIY methods as well. For example, include a special code in your book and when readers email you quoting this code (to prove they have bought it) you send them a scanned version of a handwritten dedication in GIF or JPEG format.

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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013, 05:02:18 PM »
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Autography from http://www.autography.com is the leading software solution, but you could certainly use DIY methods as well. For example, include a special code in your book and when readers email you quoting this code (to prove they have bought it) you send them a scanned version of a handwritten dedication in GIF or JPEG format.

This method would be difficult to manage and not secure. I'd just use the registration key option (free programs out there), which I did years ago for my ebooks. Seemed to work fine. JMO
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Re: One for the techies . . .
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2013, 06:10:33 PM »
You guys are brilliant -- thanks for your answers. :-* :-* :-*

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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2013, 04:54:48 AM »
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You guys are brilliant -- thanks for your answers.

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This method would be difficult to manage and not secure. I'd just use the registration key option (free programs out there), which I did years ago for my ebooks. Seemed to work fine. JMO

Fair enough. I was just suggesting one very simple option off the top of my head. It's obviously not secure, but unless you're a (very) big-name writer I can't imagine you would be deluged with fraudulent requests for your autograph! I don't see why it would be that hard to manage.

The registration key option is used by my publishers (and our forum sponsors) SDN for many of their products, as it helps cut down copyright theft. I'm not clear how it would work for signing e-books, or whether you could use it with Kindle e-books, but I bow to your greater knowledge here.

I'll buy the Kindle e-book I referred to above, I think, as this is something I would like to know more about. Thanks to Sio for raising the issue!

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