Zola Books and Autography Partner to Give Authors New Way to Sign Electronic Books

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Zola Books has closed an exclusive deal with Autography to fulfill electronic books signed using Autography’s patent-pending method for personalizing ebooks.

Author Eloisa James autographs an electronic book for a fan.

I truly believe that signed ebooks are the wave of the future.

Zola Books has closed an exclusive deal with Autography to fulfill electronic books signed using Autography’s patent-pending method for personalizing ebooks. The deal gives authors a proven method for delivering individualized autographs, and it grants readers a new way to collect authenticated autographs and inscriptions inside favorite ebooks.

"I truly believe that signed ebooks are the wave of the future – readers love Autography and its ability to allow me to sign books especially for them, to wish a friend ‘Happy Birthday,’ or give a special greeting to a fan,” said Eloisa James, who recently autographed ebook editions of “The Ugly Dutchess” at Romantic Times' RT Book Lovers Convention in New Orleans.

To launch the partnership, Zola Books and Autography are co-hosting an ebook signing at this year’s inaugural BookCon, an event for readers during BookExpo America, the publishers' annual trade show. The free ebook signing will take place on May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in booth number 2763 on the BookCon show floor at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

New York Times bestselling authors include Barbara Taylor Bradford signing “Cavendon Hall,” Linda Fairstein signing “Death Angel,” Jonathan Maberry signing “Rot & Ruin," M.J. Rose signing “Lip Service,” Jodi Ellen Malpas signing “This Man,” Heather Graham signing “Waking the Dead,” Julie Kagawa signing “The Forever Song,” and R.L. Stine signing “Creature Teacher: The Final Exam” from the Goosebumps Most Wanted series, plus Morgan Matson signing “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and Emmi Itaranta signing her U.S. debut book “Memory of Water.”

BookCon attendees will have the option of taking their photo with the author, who signs a customized digital page that gets inserted into the reader’s book. To retrieve the personalized book, attendees register with Zola Books, where they can download the ebook.

“Zola’s mission is to use technology to bring readers and writers closer together,” said Joe Regal, Zola CEO. “We are excited to offer our customers signed books through Autography, because it’s truly personal – not just a stamp of a signature, but a real inscription – and truly global. Authors can sign books for any reader anywhere, whether on tour in an independent bookstore, or from the comfort of their own home over their morning coffee.”

"By partnering with Zola Books, Autography is significantly expanding authors' access to this unique method of personalizing digital autographs at live events and for online promotions," said Garry Martin, chief marketing officer and managing partner at Autography.

Last week, authors signed over 600 ebooks at Romantic Times conference using the Autography/Zola Books platform, which also works for online events, enabling authors, agents, and publishers to provide readers with a customized book-signing experience anywhere.

Authors Testimonials

"Autography is a brilliant piece of technology that allows authors to connect with readers in the digital age. Its possibilities are endless." – Jim Swain, author and screenwriter of the Tony Valentine series

"Autography blends the best of cutting edge technology with the traditional book signing. It's just what the doctor ordered for an ever-expanding digital book culture that can now have their cake and eat it, too. Thanks to Autography, the digital revolution has come full circle, taking the reading public along for a ride that turns ebooks into valued keepsakes. A win-win for authors and readers alike." – Jon Land, New York Times bestselling author of the Blain McCracken series

"The future of book signing is here, and it's called Autography. A wonderful application for readers and writers." – J.A. Konrath, author of bestselling ebook "Whiskey Sour"

"Autography is the sleekest way for writers in this digital age to make that personal connection with fans. All readers want signed books from their favorite authors, and finally, this makes it possible. A stunningly brilliant app.” – Blake Crouch, author of bestselling ebook “Pines” from The Wayward Pines series

For more information on setting up ebook signing capabilities, visit http://www.autography.com.

For more information on BookCon and how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.thebookcon.com.


About Autography
Autography LLC is a media technology company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. The firm features a patent-pending method for personalizing digital media that can be enjoyed on a wide-variety of consumer devices. The company was co-founded by author T. J. Waters and technology executive Robert Barrett in May 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.autography.com.

About Zola Books
Zola Books’ mission is to enable the ultimate reading experience through innovative technology. Zola’s state-of-the-art book recommendation engine, Bookish Recommends, is a new way to find great reads you might otherwise miss on Bookish.com and partner sites, such as The New York Public Library’s nypl.org. Zola’s social reading app is a unique way to read with friends. Zola also shares profits with booksellers who recommend books online and off. In January 2014, Zola Books acquired Bookish, a book recommendation platform founded by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster. For more information, please visit http://www.zolabooks.com and follow @zolabooks.

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