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Kindlegraph now offers new alternative to signed ebooks

July 22nd, 2011 by · 10 Comments · autograph

I’ve just been sent a link to a new autographing system like iDolVine or Autography, only this one is designed to just provide the autograph.

KindleGraph is the work of a developer by the name of Evan Jacobs, a former Amazon programmer. He built the service a couple months ago as part of the DocuSign hackathon, but it managed to have slipped under my radar until now.

The service is fairly straightforward.You can visit the site, choose a book or author you like, and then request an autograph. Unlike Autography, Kindlegraph doesn’t make a signed ebook. Instead, it offers authors the option of signing and sending a note to their fans.

Here’s a demo video that Evan posted which explains how it works:


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I’d like to see more personalization options (real handwriting would be good), but for a free service this is actually pretty nice. Also, it’s pretty closely tied to the Kindle. Authors can only sign up by entering their book’s ASIN (Amazon’s product code).

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  • Run Buh

    As you mentioned, the handwriting is really a font, but, more importantly, the signature appears to be “canned” in that everyone gets the same signature. Did I miss something?

    Doesn’t something like this offer more for the author and the fan:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2119005817458&set=a.2119005777457.2127245.1315160917&type=1&theater

    • Nate Hoffelder

      Yes, autography offers more.

    • Evan Jacobs

      Hi there. I’m the creator of Kindlegraph. Just wanted to add a bit of info about the history and future direction of Kindlegraph.

      Kindlegraph uses the DocuSign API to provide electronic signatures. DocuSign is an awesome service for legally binding documents but perhaps isn’t ideal for something like a book signing where the signature is more than a formality. I’m currently looking for ways to improve the signing process for authors as well as make a much better presentation to the readers and I’d appreciate any thoughts you have about this.

      Thanks!

      • Jim Laughter

        How about developing the ability for an author to scan their signature into the system? Then when an autograph is requested, the author’s actual signature can be sent to the requester. Just a thought…..

      • Tina C.

        As indicated by Victoria Goldy-Rhodes, make the system available to be used with Facebook. I don’t have a twitter account and I don’t want one. One of my favorite authors signed up for this, but without a Twitter account it is useless to me. She thought u already offered it by signing into FB and actually told me as much. As it stands , I won’t use it as I don’t want to use twitter

  • Victoria Goldy-Rhodes

    KindleGraph sounds great, and I’d love to start using it to request autographs, but one problem: you can ONLY sign in with Twitter! What about a sign in option for those that don’t have a Twitter account and don’t want to sign up for one? Perhaps add a “Sign in with Facebook” button or just a separate registration button itself?

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  • Josephine Nolan

    I covered the launch of the main player in this niche at BEA (book expo). I don’t yet know anything about Kindlegraph, but the one I covered was LiveSign from http://idolvine.com. It’s not canned on their technology, but that’s because each signature is personalized to the individual reader. But the more important element for collectors of autographs is that they use the patented technology from LongPen (Margaret Atwood’s company) that authenticates the signature (weight of pen, angle of pen, all parameters) which makes it a real autograph and they have an agreement with Ingram to embed these on DRM protected books. What’s really cool, from the demo, is that it’s not just a signature, but also a meeting with the author if you lilke. I saw this demoed with Neil Gaiman, who drew Daleks and autographed book covers and Margaret Atwood who also doodled charicatures of the reader (now, that’s personalized!). Bryan O’Malley, the graphic novelist did that too. It was waaaaay fun and it makes it more meaningful. You get a video of your chat and the signing which you post on YouTube.

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