How to Sign an Ebook – Autographing Ebooks for Your Readers

Readers love to get one. Authors like to provide them. Autographed books are a popular tradition and signings with authors take place at bookstores everywhere. But what do you do when your book is an ebook?

Although the technology is fairly new there are some interesting solutions being developed. Here are four possible solutions to for ebook authors to sign their works.




Originally known as Kindlegraph and developed by Evan Jacobs, a former Amazon programmer.

Here’s how it works. Authors can list their book at Authorgraph by creating a user profile and upload the ASIN number of your book. The system then locates the book at Amazon and retrieves the relevant information. When a reader requests an “authorgraph” the signature is provided via a separate one page document.  Each Authorgraph goes only to the specific reader that requested it so an author can write a custom message for each reader.

The AuthorGraph  library now has more than 15,000 ebooks from 3,500 authors.


Here is how it works. An author registers their ebook with Autography, then downloads an app from Autography to an iPad which they carry to “signing events” at bookstores, coffee shops, or wherever. At the request of a reader they can sign an autograph which is then integrated into their ebook. Another option is to autograph a photograph and have that inserted.

The fan or reader is then sent an email with links to either purchase the signed ebook or to download the free autograph by itself. Readers can export their autographed pages to share in social media including Twitter or Facebook.

Autography maintains an archive of the autographs, so even if a fan loses their ebook reader they can recover their autographs.

Ebooks are offered from Autography’s store in Mobi and Epub formats so all of the major ebook readers are covered.



iDoLVine’s technology is based on the LongPen™, which reproduces handwriting, and enables live-signing of autographs or handwriting through the internet. The autograph can be embedded in a secure ebook, or a real pen and ink signature can be applied to paper books and other flat objects such as photos.

The author and reader can participate from wherever they are, via the Internet.

I see that the web site for iDoLVine now refers to a new service under development called Fanado. I will add more details here as I have them available. 


Inscribed Media

Founded by author Alivia Tagliaferri. With InScribed Media’s web-based application authors can digitally autograph, write meaningful inscriptions and upload media such as photographs using any device from anywhere in the world.

The reader then receives an email with the InScribed ebook converted into both ePub and Kindle formats.


As you can see there are several systems available and no doubt several more under development. Technology like this will certainly help authors to interact easily with their readers for book signings.

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About the Author

Gary McLaren is the author of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks” a 200+ page guide to publishing your ebooks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore and more. It is available for download here.
This article was originally published in August 2011 and updated in February, 2013.

About the Author: Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks'. He also manages several web sites for professional writers including Publish Your Own Ebooks and Worldwide Freelance.


  1. Hi! I’m the creator of Kindlegraph.

    Kindlegraph is still a very new project and I’ve been very happy with the response that it has had from authors and readers. As you might imagine, I will be bringing the service to all e-readers (not just Kindle) as well as enabling other features which will help connect authors and readers even more closely. Stay tuned!

    • Hi Evan, and thanks for stopping by. Kindlegraph is certainly catching many authors’ attention and we’ll be following you as this project develops! Keep up the good work!

    • Just used KindleGraph for the first time and was amazed to see I already had a request waiting. Then I saw it was you(Editor’s note: do you mean it was Kindlegraph?)! So, I’m a little deflated…. lol… The service is awesome though, and very easy to use. I added it to my book’s homepage as a feature. Thanks for creating this service!

  2. I have a traditional publisher, but would like to promote my book by doing ebook signings. My book, The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball, is featured on Amazon for Kindle and Barnes and Noble for Nook in ebook format. I’ve been searching for the ASIN number to sign my book up with the Kindlegraph but can’t seem to find it. Can you give me some info on where I may find it or is my book eligible to be signed up with Kindlegraph considering it has a publisher?


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