Can authors make money for signing books? Possibly with a new eBook signing technology called InScribed Media from a company called Ironcutter Media. The platform will enable book retailers and publishers to add a digital signature at the point of check out.

Authors can sign the eBook using a small pen tablet, like a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet. They can either presign a digital file, which can be added to an eBook automatically at checkout, or the buyer can send a request to the book store or publisher for a personalized message, which the author can in turn respond to via email. The technology allows for publishers and bookstores to offer this autograph as a free service or they can charge for the digital John Hancock.

To me, the idea of buying a digital autograph seems a little impersonal and kind of defeats the warmness that going to a reading and getting a book signed adds to the reading experience. But then again, maybe it’s a good way for authors to make a little extra money.

What do you think?