Canadian author Margaret Atwood has invented what’s believed to be the world’s first long-distance signing device - the LongPen, shown in photo in link below. The LongPen machine allows writers to sign books for fans anywhere in the world from anywhere in real time. So autograph parties can take place literally anywhere.
Just one question: is this for a real, or is this a hoax? Take a look and then decide.
MORE: She will be showing this thing off at the London Book Fair and the press will be focusing on oddities like the official demonstration debut of Margaret Atwood’s LongPen device–invented to let her conduct fascimile book signings via a computer. She told one reporter: “I’ve said it time and again. This will not cause literary festivals, big-ticket events (to end). All of that will remain as is. But it will be possible for writers to go to places that you never got sent to before because the publishers couldn’t afford it.”
[…publishers have long realized that all but a tiny group of authors don’t draw any meaningful number of customers to signings anyway…]