Last month, we were in Indigo looking at new books and I found a signed copy of Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, The Year of the Flood, which I promptly bought for regular price minus the membership discount. I was so happy to have come across it as I’d always wanted a signed copy of one of her books.
This fascination with signed copies I think stems from my comic book collection. Whenever you get a signed copy of a comic and it’s in excellent condition and it’s been graded by CGC, it’s worth quite a bit more than just a regular comic by itself. I’ve been lucky enough to obtain a few signed comics, and whenever I do, I feel this pride, like I’ve invested wisely in my future.
With books, I’d never had a signed copy. I don’t know whether they appreciate in value afterwards. But since I love Margaret Atwood novels, hers was the signature I wanted to start off with.
Does this also apply to my industry? We had Adrian Underhill, author of Sound Foundations, at the store for a workshop, I thought it would have been a great idea to have him sign a bunch of his books. Of course when I thought of it again, he’d already left. But then the question came up again, would teachers be interested in having signed copies of ESL/EFL/ELT books like I was about fiction and comics? Is there the same desire?
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