Sunday, March 6, 2011

Of eBooks and Emerging Technology

Two inventors in St. Petersburg have devised a program that will allow authors to digitally sign and personalize ebooks.

From the article, Local inventors create way to autograph eBooks, by Jonathan Petramala:

Local author and inventor T.J. Waters and his friend developed Autography, a place for the author's signature.

"Basically, what you do is pull up a copy of your book as the author, and it inserts a blank page behind the cover and you sign whatever you're going to personalize for somebody," Waters said.

Waters can sign from his iPad, and that message will show up on the eReader within a couple of minutes on a newly created page.

"What we've also been able to figure out is how to do this remotely," Waters said. "So an author could be sitting in his home or a facility like this and doing a book signing in Cleveland."

It will be interesting to see how well this app works, across which platforms, and how widespread it becomes.

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