Autographed books

I was walking through my local Books-A-Million a couple of months ago when I noticed a copy of Embassy Row Book 1: All Fall Down by Ally Carter sitting on a table. I had been thinking about getting the book, but that day, I picked up the book and actually bought it.

Embassy Row autographed bookWhy? Because it was an autographed copy.

I’ve been noticing more and more autographed copies by a variety of authors on the shelves of my local Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble. For Christmas last year, I bought my dad a signed copy of Wait For Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson. A couple of months ago, I ordered some signed copies of Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman from Porter Square Books after I saw an online ad about the signed copies.

I still prefer print books over e-books and audiobooks, so I usually buy a print copy of whatever book I’m interested in reading, especially if it’s by an author that I’ve read before. So I’m enjoying seeing all the signed copies on the shelves.

Admittedly, buying a signed copy off the shelf is not as fun or cool as actually meeting that author in person and getting him or her to sign my book. But I’ll never get to meet all the authors that I want to in person, so this is the next best thing.

Having that print copy signed by the author is definitely a little extra incentive for me to buy (and keep) that book. Plus, signed books by favorite authors can make really cool gifts. So I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more signed books at my local stores, especially during the holiday season.

What about you guys? Are you more likely to buy an autographed book? Why or why not?

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6 Responses to Autographed books

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Jennifer,

    I like the idea of signed books as gifts. Signed by the author makes a book that much more special. Although it also makes seeing a signed book at a second hand shop a bit more sad. But I do like getting the author’s signature personally best!

  2. Jennifer, I always love getting signed copies to give as gifts. And I’m always happy to sign copies of my books at bookstores, and given how happy they are for me to sign, I’m guessing they do sell more autographed copies than non-autographed copies.
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  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Taking this from another angle, I’ve been sorting through my books (again), and I’m much less likely to give away a book that’s autographed. I always feel guilty when I do.

    And I love Ally Carter’s books! In fact, her writing reminds me of yours.

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