Did Bob Dylan take a pen in hand and signal 1,000 copies of his new ebook The philosophy of contemporary poetry? The reply, it appears, is blowing within the wind.
The 81-year-old music legend not often indicators his identify to something — so when Simon & Schuster began touting an “Unique Version Signed by BOB DYLAN” on its web site, collectors jumped on the likelihood to pay $599 US or $799 CAD for copies .
(on ebay, copies of the signed version of The philosophy of contemporary poems presently promoting for $2,670 to $10,011.)
“In the case of getting his autograph, it is a tough activity that is not often completed,” famous Tim Santon in Tales from the gathering Final month.
The signature on the title web page of Bob Dylan’s ebook. Signing reside
However, in on-line boards, many collectors suspect that the books have been, the truth is, “signed” utilizing an automated opener, a tool that duplicates signatures. Not surprisingly, signatures created with this expertise are considerably much less beneficial than the unique ones.
“The signature inside has the telltale indicators of an automated pen (uniform signature, in contrast to different Dylan signatures, dots at begin and finish factors, feathers),” one particular person opined in a Reddit thread.
Collectors level to a backlash final month from Indigo after the Canadian retailer confronted questions in regards to the authenticity of the autographs.
Based on a screenshot shared by Signing reside On the discussion board, Indigo president Andrea Limbardi stated in an electronic mail to 1 buyer: “We have now needed to cancel the orders positioned for this signed version. The writer and artist have determined to take a distinct route for the signed model of the ebook, and at the moment, is not going to be promoting it at any retailer (together with Indigo).
Limbardi added: “I do know that getting an autograph from Dylan is uncommon so I am positive there should be a deep disappointment.”
Canadian Indigo has stopped promoting signed copies of the ebook.
Individuals who ordered the signed books from Indigo have been instructed that the ebook “is not going to be out there by means of any North American retailer at the moment.”
Melissa Perry, Indigo’s director of public relations, didn’t instantly reply to iHeartRadio.ca’s request for extra data.
On its web site, writer Simon & Schuster is promoting the “Unique Version Signed by BOB DYLAN” of The philosophy of contemporary poetry For US prospects solely, boasting that the books are “assured to be personally signed by Bob Dylan!”
Simon & Schuster claims on its web site that the books are “hand signed” by Bob Dylan.
The books are despatched with a letter, dated November 15, from Simon & Schuster President and CEO Jonathan Karp, which reads, amongst different issues: “You might be holding in your fingers one thing very particular, considered one of solely 900 copies out there within the US of The philosophy of contemporary poetry Signed by Bob Dylan.”
Karp’s letter ends with: “This letter is affirmation that the copy of the ebook you’re holding has been hand signed by Bob Dylan.”
The identical letter – besides that solely 99 copies of the signed ebook have been out there within the UK – was despatched to prospects there, signed by Susan Bavono, director of the grownup publishing division of Simon & Schuster UK.
Retailer Coles took down the signed ebook web page on its web site shortly after itemizing it as “out of inventory”.
The letter that the consumers of the ebook within the USA acquired from the president of Simon & Schuster. Signing reside
Collectors do not buy it.
“The query is, is a significant writer like Simon & Schuster…risking its status by knowingly flogging fakes on its e-commerce platform?” consumer Mikenmar2 wrote on Signing reside discussion board.
“In fact they knew,” argued crazyrabbits23. “You do not out of the blue pull each copy bought from a Canadian retailer (the nation’s largest) on the eleventh hour (following on to announce that you’ve got determined to ‘go down a distinct path,’ ie a company referred to as ‘Was, we acquired caught.’) with out realizing what occurred.”
Consumer 5816nick claimed that “this can be a blatant rip-off” and InkInvestor referred to as it “a straight up rip-off”.
Karp didn’t instantly reply to a request from iHeartRadio.ca searching for his assurance that Dylan signed the books by hand and that no auto-opening expertise was used. Adria Ivasutiak, vp and director of promoting at Simon & Schuster Canada, additionally didn’t reply to questions in regards to the sale of the books in Canada.
Unsigned copies of the ebook are presently on sale in Canada for $33 on Amazon and $55 on Indigo.