If you haven’t come across The Signed Page before, and enjoy having your books autographed by the author, this is a site to check out.
In it’s own words it is “a website devoted to bringing signed and personalized books to those fans who are unable to meet with their favorite touring writers. An author can only visit so many cities per book release, leaving many fans worldwide unable to attain a signed or personalized copy of their favorite author’s new book for their collection at a reasonable price.“
Really this is a great service. I love autographed (and particularly personalized) books. I don’t have that many, but a couple are especially prominent in my collection. Those being from a Brandon Sanderson signing that I was actually able to make. He just came out with a new book and there isn’t a single signing anywhere near me – so I turned to The Signed Page. Brandon is doing a signing for the site on Sept. 14th, so I am able to order a signed/personalized copy of his new book!
Slight downside (if you actually view it as a downside) is that the book costs the full list price, and you have to generally wait a little bit after it has come out. For example, Brandon’s new novel The Way of Kings came out at the end of last month, but the signing for this site is on the 14th. I believe it is all dependent on authors schedules, etc. So unlike some books that I like to read on release night, I didn’t on this one and have just been avoiding reading any reviews. In this case though, the value of adding the signed/personalized copy to my collection is worth far more than the discounted Amazon.com price and the slight delay in being able to read it.
Something to think about at least. If you love signed books, but are never able to make it to signings, this might be the answer you are looking for. Head on over and give The Signed Page a look! In grabbing the links for this review I just noticed that a new book has shown up on the site for my favorite Scifi author David Weber. Out of the Dark is now available for pre-order with the signing on October 11th, 2010.