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Monday, August 8, 2011

Kindlegraph

One of the complaints with ebooks that I have heard time and time again is that you can’t autograph an ebook.  That was true for a while.  However, this week I looked into the Kindlegraph. 

What is a Kindlegraph you ask?  Until today I would have been asking the same question.  I was recently forwarded a link from my publisher regarding the Kindlegraph.  Today I sat down to figure out what the heck it really is and how to utilize it. 

In short, it is an electronic avenue for authors to use so that they can in fact personally autograph their ebooks.  Each autograph is personalized.  You can’t set up a standard autograph that goes on to each book.  You also don’t automatically get an autographed ebook.  You have to request it.  To break it down….

For authors: 

  1. Go to http://www.kindlegraph.com/. 
  2. Sign up for an account. If you have a twitter account you can sign up through twitter.  This made the process very quick and easy, which I like. 
  3. The creator of the Kindlegraph (Evan) will send you a request to autograph.  This will walk you through the process of creating your first autograph. 
  4. The process gives you a tiny box to type in your autograph.  It is a standard font in the box, but when it is placed, it is a handwriting font and looks pretty good if you ask me. 
  5. You will then be prompted to create a signature.  You have several choices in this regard.  I was able to find one that was a pretty good match.  As I am left-handed this came as a happy surprise to me. 
  6. You preview, you post, that’s it.  Done.

Quick, easy, and understandable. 

For readers:

1.                  Go to http://www.kindlegraph.com/
2.                  Search for you book. Click request Kindlegraph under the book cover.
3.                  Follow the prompts.  Basically you have to add Kindlegraph to your email list for your kindle, but it gives you good directions that are easy to follow.
4.                  An email/request is sent to the author.
5.                  After the author autographs it, it is delivered to the kindle.

That’s it.  Yes you don’t get the excitement of actually MEETING the coveted author, but you do at least get the personalized autograph.  All in all not a bad perk.  We will see how it turns out. 

Do any of you, readers or writers, use this application?  What do you think of it?  Have you found anything you don’t like?  If anyone has my ebook and would like to get it Kindlegraphed now’s your chance.  I would love to hear how your experience is with it.  Do you think it is viable and useful to the reader?

6 comments:

  1. I think it's a nice idea, but I'd rather have the authors autograph my eReader cover.

    I like autographed books because to me it means that I met the author and spend a few seconds with them.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  2. I've heard about this but haven't looked into it. Thanks for sharing, Courtney. I like learning new things.

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  3. Wow. They've thought of everything! The process is pretty cool. I'll have to look into this also. Someday.

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  4. I think that's rather interesting. I've never heard of it before until now.

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  5. My first thought was "Wow. My head is going to explode." I mean, really, six steps to sign your name. Ack! But okay, if we must live in the world of ever advancing technology, and accept the fact that not everyone wants an actual hard copy book, then, yes, I guess this is pretty cool. And maybe my first reaction has more to do with the heat, humidity, and fact that I don't know what I'm going to make for dinner ;)

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  6. Very interesting! Hmmm, wonder how consumers will react to that but it's kinda a cool idea. Why can't I ever invent these great ideas so I can share in the wealth of all these genius people who think of everything!!??

    Thanks for the info Courtney.

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