I have to admit, this was new to me. I had never heard of virtual booksignings until I first saw a listing for such a thing on Civil War Interactive. I followed the link from CWI to VirtualBookSigning.net and was amazed. According to the website
Virtual Book Signing™ provides the excitement of attending a booksigning, without having to leave your home. Sit on your couch in your pjs, sipping a margarita, and watch on the computer as your own book is signed. This is a true, “real time” book signing. You are here virtually, watching an event unfold with you as a participant. You can interact with the author via email, order a book and watch it signed online. In a few days your book will arrive at your doorstep.
Launched in November 2005, Virtual Book Signing™ has, so far, featured over 25 authors. Working with the Pritzker Military Library during our first year, we hosted many important authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winner, Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Very neat indeed!
I had actually forgotten about this incredibly amazing opportunity for both writers and readers until I did a little bit of Googling this evening in seach of Civil War hypertext. As expected, I didn’t find any hypertext Civil War works out there, but I did click on a link that took me to Steve Johnson’s Hypertext Blog at the Chicago Tribune. A posting from March 2006 reminded me about the CW Interactive link and was proof enough for me that the concept wasn’t a flash in the pan back in March 2006 when Johnson mentioned it in his blog. Of course, the downside of this is that while the virtual booksignings are a cool way to land a copy of a personally signed book, you can’t get a virtual handshake with the author. I suppose that too will be remedied in time.