I love signed copies but it’s not to easy to get them here in the Philippines. Only a handful of authors go on tour and include our country in their schedule. I think the only signing by a foreign author that I’ve attended was Neil Gaiman’s and he goes here quite often. The only other foreign author I’ve met in person was Sherwood Smith when I attended a joint meet up for members of the LJ communities Sounis and Athanarel when I was in the States in 2009. I wasn’t able to ask her to sign all of my copies of her books because most of them were back here but I had a lovely time because it was just a small group so we actually got to sit down and chat about so many things. I didn’t have a blog back then but I guess if I did and I was more active in following authors through social networks, I would have been able to meet more of them. Sigh, maybe the next time I go there?
I got my Megan Whalen Turner signed copies from Mysterious Galaxy, where I ordered the books and MWT was kind enough to go to the store and sign them. I believe that I can do that for some of my other favorite authors as well but since I live all the way over here, shipping usually costs just as much as the books. So I have to pay double to get signed copies. This got me thinking if the rest of you readers out there are willing to shell out that amount to obtain autographed copies of your favorite books? We have to admit that in our bookish world, authors are rock stars, and it would be cool to have a copy of a book that they actually held in their hands while signing their name on it. It’s just that it makes me sad that I have to spend so much for them. I mean if there were book tours and events for authors that I love over here, I’d gladly attend them. I think that kind of situation would make more sense for me instead of just ordering signed books online because there would be an experience tied with it. I’d have memories of seeing those authors in person and spending seconds, or even minutes, in their presence. Or maybe that’s just how I feel right now because I’m still trying (emphasis on TRYING) to cut back on book expenses. Heck, if I won the lottery anytime soon, I’d buy all the signed copies that I can and give some of them away here on the blog.
So now I want to know, are you willing to spend extra (double or maybe even more) to get signed copies of your favorite books? Or would you rather attend an event and have your personal copies signed there or purchase signed copies from the store? Let me know what you guys think!