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apr 24, 2008, 4:12 pm

Are these important to you? My favourite special edition is a boxed edition of Naomi's Room, The Vanishment and an audio tape of Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe, my favourite horror/supernatural writer. I also have a few signed copies of books - my favourites are a special edition of Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King and a signed copy of his son's book Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

I enjoy having signed copies, but I have bought these from shops or on-line without being present at the signing. Today however I went to a signing by Jodi Picoult (no touchstones) - my first ever book signing! I was very surprised to see a big name author coming to our little corner of the world, and really enjoyed the whole experience. Those of you in big cities must have the opportunity of many book signings - I'd love to hear about them!

apr 25, 2008, 6:33 am

I have a copy of Blackhawk Down signed by the author and Ranger Jason Moore, who I had the honor of serving with in another unit.

apr 27, 2008, 2:41 pm

I have several signed copies by Jack McDevitt and Janey Wurts. Janey is a LT author and I had the pleasure of meeting her at last years DragonCon in Atlanta. I also have a couple of signed copies by Amy Blackmarr who is from my hometown.

I would love to have more signed copies, but I haven't been to many book signings.

My others are mostly sports related (Vince Dooley, Barbara Dooley - Go Dawgs!)

aug 6, 2008, 5:02 pm

I'm not a collector of autographed books, as such, but I've picked up a few on the way--sometimes bought second-hand, so I never met the author.

The one I treasure is Liftoff by Michael Collins. (Carrying the Fire is much better, but I only have a well-worn paperback.) He spoke at the American Museum of Natural History on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and I was working there at the time. I actually shook the hand of a man who's orbited the moon!

Redigeret: aug 24, 2008, 9:15 pm

I have one signed book: The Best of the Guster Road Journal, which is a compilation of my favorite band's journal entries on their website.

It's christened "The Bathroom Edition." There was a discussion about it on the website's messageboard, and I revealed that, due to family tradition - well, since the 1960's, anyway - I kept my copy in the bathroom, along with various cartoon books, as reading material for those who may be parked for a while. Brian Rosenworcel (drums/percussion) - the official journalist - tends to share with his readers an inordinate amount of information about tours and how they affect his (and his bus-mates') bodily functions, so my book's location in my home was generally well-received, and even applauded, in the Guster community. (Yes, I know, I can't completely take credit for the book being referred to this way, but the listing DID change after that post, so I'm sticking to my story.)

I waited for about an hour to walk through a signing line (which was mostly for their recently-released album, but some of us brought our own items to sign) at a Borders bookstore in Boston. This appearance was in early December 2006, - and when I handed Adam (guitarist) my copy, he said, "You didn't buy THIS at Borders...!" :-)
I gave them a Hanukkah/Xmas bag with Lindt truffles (with halloween wrappers; they were on sale); a CD by my second-favorite musician, James Hunter; and a small tin filled with rubber insects (for pranking on the tour bus).

Right after this, I went out to the website to buy a second copy.
For the bathroom, of course.

aug 24, 2008, 9:23 pm

Here in Seattle we are very fortunate to have many author events. Some of my favorites have been Terry Pratchett, Dave Barry, and Jill Connor Browne. The autographed books are nice but I enjoy hearing the authors read and/or discuss their books the most.

jun 7, 2014, 6:04 pm

I wonder whether anyone here would call this copy of Arthur Ransome's Rod and line, a signed copy, with its signature on a slip of paper, perhaps recycled from an unrelated letter, tipped onto the title page?

Is there a lot of this sort of thing going on? Surely the author should put his or her hand to the book?

jun 7, 2014, 8:19 pm

The photo looks like something more akin to a signed bookplate, and as such, I would not consider this book a signed copy.

I'm a collector of modern firsts--and of those, primarily genre works--so I don't know if this sort of thing is common with older titles, or not. I do know some modern publishers have lately begun sending stacks of pages (sometimes with the author's name printed and sometimes just blank) to authors to be signed, and then those pages are "tipped in" or bound into a book along with the other pages.

Personally, like yourself, I prefer for the actual book to have been in the presence of the author, so I would rather buy an unsigned copy and hope to catch the author live somewhere down the road; the hunt is half the fun, I think.