If you’re an author, how do you sign books? What is the most common way you’re asked to sign? If you’re a reader, what do you want the author to sign -- name only, your name and theirs, a note to you (or the person you’re giving the book to) and their signature?
For me, as a reader, if the author is a friend, I like their signature with either “To Helen” or a note to me. I really value books by friends. If I don’t know the author, usually I’ll just ask for a signature. I don’t mind if they write a quick note or put the date on it. But if I think the book may become valuable, then just the signature is what I’d like. And if I’m buying the book with the idea of giving it as a present, but don’t know exactly who it will go to yet, then just the signature, please. Otherwise, the author can put the recipient’s name, with or without a note, and their own autograph.
I’ve never gotten an autograph with the idea of re-selling the book to a collector. I do think it’s neat to get the autograph of a well-known author or especially one of an unknown author who becomes famous.
And I don’t give away autographed books that are part of my collection. That’s not to say what my kids will do when faced with keeping or donating my shelves of books.
If you want to learn more about how signatures increase or do not increase the value of books, read this article called Author Signatures & Signed Book Values.
Are any of you collectors of autographed books?
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