Tuesday April 26, 2011 4:35 pm
Nook Color will allow authors to autograph e-books with a stylus
Famous authors won't lose the ability to autograph their books in the digital age if Barnes & Noble has anything to say about it. With a firmware upgrade, the Nook Color will reportedly allow authors to sign their books with a stylus. The first "e-book signing" is scheduled for next week.
Authors will need to put their Sharpies down, and instead use a stylus to sign a book directly on the Nook Color's touchscreen, and the e-reader will store the signature on that digital copy of the book. Presumably, the signature would be visible to anyone who reads it, even friends who borrow the book on the Nook platform, essentially converting bragging rights to digital form.
Yesterday the Nook Color received a major software upgrade—adding apps, an email client, and Adobe Flash compatibility—but the new autograph feature appears to be separate from that. A company called Autography has patented software for writing autographs on e-books, but it's not known whether the Nook feature uses that technique or something different.
The first Nook e-book signing is said to be scheduled for May 2 at a Barnes & Noble store on New York City's Upper East Side, featuring children's book author Sandra Boynton and her book "The Going to Bed Book."
The Nook Color is far from the first e-reader to allow users to write on pages. The Sony Reader Daily Edition does the same thing, though the response is slow on the E Ink screen. The touchscreen LCD on the Nook Color—and tablets like the iPad—is more suited to digital signing.
This article, written by Peter Pachal, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.
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