Check This Out: Authorgraph

aglogoI’m a book addict.  I love books in all shapes, forms, and styles.  Hardcover, paperback, or eBook.  You name it.  I’m addicted.  Since starting my blog I’ve made a conscious effort to attend more book signings not only to hear authors discuss their works, but to get my books signed!  There is nothing quite like being able to meet an author whose work you admire and then getting them to sign said work for you.  It’s truly a thrill.  With the advent of eReaders and eBooks I’ve found myself buying an eBook, learning that the author was coming to my bookstore, and buying a physical copy simply so I could have a book for signing!  Of course that means spending double the money on books, but I get a signed book and to me it’s worth it.

For those of you who may be unable to buy double books and/or stick with digital books only let me tell you about authorgraph!  Authorgraph offers eBook readers the ability to request author signatures on their eBooks!  You simply put in a request for the book and author of your choice (of what’s available) and send a note of what you’d like your dedication to read.  You will get back a PDF copy of the title page that you can add to your eReader. Voila! You have signed eBooks!  I know that I’ll be spending my weekend trying to get caught up with all my requests.  It’s a great FREE service that really allows just one more way to interact with your favorite authors.

Check it out here

Living With a Book Addict: Attending a Book Signing

20130218_182027Yes, I’m back.  I know it’s been only month since my last “Living With a Book Addict” installment, but I’ve just recently attended a book signing with Kim and I thought it would be pertinent to fill you all in on how it went and what my experience was like.  I try to keep these posts lighthearted and quasi-comical, and I’ll continue in that vein today but I also want to comment later on the coolness factor of book signings as well.  So, here’s a brief synopsis:

The always-awesome R.J. Julia in Madison, CT was hosting the last leg of the Breathless Reads Tour held by Penguin (the publisher, not the animal).  After this stop, the group was heading up to Canada, I believe, to finish up the tour.  We had the pleasure of meeting five authors, who were as follows: Fiona Paul (Venom), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Elizabeth Richards (Black City), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked), and finally Beth Revis with Shades of Earth, which both Kim and Sam reviewed here.  The authors read passages from their works, took questions from the moderator and audience, and singed copies at the conclusion of the event.

I’ll be honest, as all of these books were classified as young adult books, I was fairly certain that I would be the oldest person there besides the authors.  I did perhaps hold out hope that I could pass as one of their fathers or family members to better hide amongst the crowd.  However, this was not necessary as not only was I not the oldest there, but there was one other guy there as well!  He too had a significant other with him, so I’m not sure if he was a voluntary attendee, but he did ask a question and seemed to be enjoying himself.  All joking aside, I had a lot of fun learning from all the authors and seeing how their creative processes differed from each other.  It was enlightening to hear about works that inspired them to become writers themselves, and learn more about what they intend on writing in the future.  I even got my very own copy of Falling Kingdoms signed!  I shall read it with pride.

So, to conclude, I’m definitely glad that Kim found out about this book signing.  It’s great to know the “behind the scenes” of a particular work, and it was great to meet all of the authors that came out for the tour.  Look out for my review of Falling Kingdoms in the future!  Have you been to a book signing before?  What was it like?  Let me know in the comments below!