Thursday, June 10, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Signed Copies

Do signed copies excite you? Tempt you? Delight you? Or does it not matter to you?

I love signed copies. I've been collecting them since college and I think it's really fun to get a book signed. Here's one of my favorites:

and one of the prettiest:

According to my LibraryThing catalog, I have 62 signed copies now.

If I'm going to buy a book and I see signed copies at the store, I'll buy the signed copy, and I love going to readings and meeting authors to get my books signed. It's a great memento of the occasion, and an opportunity to tell an author I appreciate his or her work. I won't buy a book I'm not interested in just to have it signed but I've been known to make the occasional impulse buy at a reading. I have a special bookshelf in my office for my signed copies- and it's filling up fast!

And this is an old picture- I'm now on to three shelves!

More Booking Through Thursday here.

19 comments:

Nymeth said...

The "great blog" is particularly impressive :D I remember when you told us about meeting Miéville - sounds like a fantastic experience.

Trisha said...

That is some seriously impressive handwriting. I like the idea of having separate shelves; unfortunately, I'm all out of shelves at the moment and still have books on the floor after BEA. :)

Zibilee said...

I am not a big collector of signed editions, mostly because they seem so hard to find out here. I do have one book that is signed by the author that I am thrilled about though. It's a copy of Labrador by T.J. Dawe, who is a really great live dramatic performer. I think if it were a bit easier to come by signed copies I would probably be more of a collector.

....Petty Witter said...

I'm impressed with your collection.

I received my first two signed books on Tuesday. At a talk by two crime writers, I won the quiz afterwards receiving a signed copy from both authors.

caite said...

I think I have about three....lol

Amanda said...

Hey, I just wanted to come say it was great to meet you in NYC! I love that second picture. So pretty!

Melanie said...

I agree that going to book signings is a great way to show appreciation for the author's work.

Nice collection!om

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful collection of signed books you have. I only have a few but they are precious to me.

Vicki said...

I'd love to find some book signings in my area!

Bellezza said...

Sixty-two?! Well, that's sixty more than I have. ;) I'm very impressed with you, and I like how you posted the picture of the pretties, because as we all know, beauty is important. XO

reviewsbylola said...

62 is quite a lot of signed books! I only have two.

bermudaonion said...

I love signed copies but don't have near as many as you do.

stacybuckeye said...

This post made me go count my signed copies :) I have 33 (probably one or two more since I do let my mom read them) and can't wait til they take up a whole bookcase, not just a full shelf!
I love them for all the reasons you do.

Marie said...

Nymeth, yeah, that was a definite highlight for me! :-)

Trisha, I didn't either but I had this extra folding shelf that I decided to set up when I got my desk and made space in my sewing room for an "office"- presto! more space! :-)

Zibilee- it's an illness of opportunity :-)

Petty- nice!

Caite :-)

Melanie- thanks!

Kathleen- I love them all, even the ones I didn't like, LOL

Bellezza- I love that pretty one and loved that the author took the time to do such nice calligraphy for everyone :-)

Vicki, Lola, Kathy- :-) it's fun :-)

Stacy- it's so fun, isn't it? :-)

The Blue Bookcase said...

That's awesome! I love getting signed books :)

Brenna said...

Wow impressive collection. I got a few signed at BEA last year but I don't have nearly as many as you. Good work :)

Dave said...

One of the best reasons NOT to use an e-reader. Unless you want to have authors scribble all over your $500 high-tech device.

p.s. Loved The City and The City

bookmagic said...

I would like signed copies if it meant I was meeting the author. Otherwise I would not care. Not a lot of authors seem to come to upstate NY though :( It is great that you get to meet so many.

xicanti said...

Wow, that's an impressive collection! I love signed books too, but I don't have too many of them as I don't get the opportunity to go to very many signings. I found most of my signed copies by accident; I stumbled across them at used book sales, or I found signed copies in new bookstores following an author event that I missed.