Book signings at book stores have changed. I’ve been hearing more and more about book stores requiring readers to buy the author’s book at their store or they can’t have it signed. So if you already bought it or received it as a gift or have an old favorite you’d like signed, you’re out of luck. The other scenario is the reader has already purchased the book for their e-readers. What do they do?
According to Dianna Love who tours with her writing partner, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and draws huge crowds where ever they go, “[Readers] now sometimes walk up shyly, apologizing for having bought e-books. They’ll often ask to have a piece of paper or a notebook signed. Worse than that, some readers have told me they feel uncomfortable going to signings now that they’ve bought an e-reader because they have nothing to be autographed. They sound embarrassed about not “buying a print book.”
In order to take the embarrassment out of it, Love came up with the idea of a Keeper Kase™ to hold Keeper Kase Cards™. The idea is very simple. Love has covers of her books printed on one side of a 4×6 card and the blurb and a space for signing on the back. The cards are the perfect size for fitting into a photo album which a reader can personalize for themselves.
Not only will Dianna Love be taking these cards with her to book signings and events like Southern Magic Luncheon, Fresh Fiction’s Readers & ‘Ritas and Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon where readers can have any of these cards signed without feeling uncomfortable about not having a print book in hand, but she will also make them available, by mail to anyone who sends her a self addressed stamped envelope (you can get the details here).
Dianna has also reached out to other authors who now have cards available to be signed to readers including Colleen Gleason, Anne Elizabeth, Debbie Kaufman, Jeanne Adams, Nancy Naigle and Nancy Northcott. You can visit their websites for information on receiving free cards from them.
Since Dianna Love has announce this venture last week, she has received dozens of letters from readers wanting the Keeper Kases and cards. Some of their comments have been:
Naomi – Can’t wait to get one…or two…or a dozen…For friends and family, of course….
Kim – heck we’d even pay for them…
Savannah – Oh wow this is so cool….Going to check it out.
Maria – Great idea! Can’t wait to get mine!! ♥ the Belador Series!
Melissa – I love this!!!
Teresa – Cool!! I love this idea! I will be sending for mine. Thanks.
Cindy – OMG, what a brilliant idea. I want these!!!
Denise – I’ve missed having books signed. Love this.
Readers love their books signed in any form. As more authors offer cards to be added to a readers Keeper Kase, I can see this as the future autograph books I cherished as a child. It doesn’t take up much room on the bookshelf, but still gives that personal connection between author and reader.
As a special treat, Dianna Love will be giving away a Keeper Kase filled with signed cards to a lucky commenter today. Just leave any comment to be entered. You can also leave questions for any of the listed authors who will be stopping by today to answer them. Winner will be posted in tomorrow’s blog, so check back.
Bottom Line: I’m always looking for great gift ideas that are creative and inexpensive but have a lot of meaning.