Press Release: What Do Ebook Authors Sign? New Book Shows Authors How to Sign Ebooks


CONTACT:  Sherry Snider, Contact Link

What Do Ebook Authors Sign?  New Book Shows Authors How to Sign Ebooks

ANNISTON, AL – October 24, 2012 – This first book in the series, What Do Ebook Authors Sign? shows ebook authors how to digitally sign ebooks and autographs through illustrated step-by-step instructions using free and simple technology and tools.

What Do Ebook Authors Sign? Book 1 Tools & TechnologyIn What Do Ebook Authors Sign? Book 1: Tools & Technology, ($4.99, ebook edition, Unison Tech Publishing, October 2012) author Sherry Snider uses her technical writing and instruction expertise to teach authors how to access and use free and simple technology to sign ebooks and digital autographs.  Book 1 introduces authors to the pros and cons of available options, links to the tools and demonstration videos, and detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with screenshots and examples.

This practical how-to comes just in time for the holiday gifting rush, and as the ever-growing demand for ebook editions surpasses the demand for printed editions, offering personally inscribed and autographed ebooks is a particularly enticing selling point for authors.

Previously, a book lover or a person buying a gift for a book lover had to purchase a printed copy of a book and try/hope for an opportunity to get the book signed by the author.  Buying “to be personalized and signed” ebooks allows a fan to

  • Purchase an ebook rather than a printed copy
  • Directly contact the author for a personal ebook signing
  • Get or Gift a personally and meaningfully inscribed ebook

For the author, offering signed ebooks allows

  • Greater sales and marketing opportunities
  • Meaningful connections with fans
  • Enhanced possibilities of live and online signing events

With just a little effort and the instructions in What Do Ebook Authors Sign?, authors can start connecting with ebook readers and fans across the world.  It’s the digital age, and authors are embracing the ebook market.  Now, they can embrace ebook readers, too.

In her latest book, Snider shows authors how to digitally sign and autograph ebooks.  For her 20+ years as a technical writer, teacher and trainer, Snider’s entire career consistently grows based on a simple task…answering questions.  If she doesn’t know the answers already, she researches, tests, and simulates processes until she not only knows the answers backward and forward; she can also teach the processes in regular, human English.   As Snider explains, “Tech-speak and jargon are great for communicating with developers and Engineers, but most of us prefer plain English and useful pictures for reference and examples.”

What Do Ebook Authors Sign? Book 1: Tools & Technology (ebook edition, ASIN: B009U0ACSG) is available online at Amazon ( and other online booksellers.  “To be” personally signed and autographed ebooks can also be purchased at


CONTACT:  Sherry Snider, Contact Link |


How to Put a Loose eBook on Your EReader (Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, etc.)

Embrace Multiple Online Booksellers

ebook on ereader

For Kindle and Nook owners, managing your ebook library is pretty much automatic if you purchase your ebooks directly from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  That’s all well and good if you get all your ebooks from one source.  A single source may seem easier, but it may not always be practical.

As friends and family begin purchasing and gifting ebooks signed by the author, or if a book is only available through one particular bookseller, ereaders will have to learn to adapt.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to put a loose (not purchased directly from Amazon or Barnes and Noble) ebook on your ereader device.


If you have a WiFi/internet capable ereader, putting an ebook on your device is as simple as sending and opening an email.

Ebooks from other online booksellers are usually available for download either through a web page, where you purchased the ebook, a download link in an email, or an attached .ePub or .mobi file in an email.

Just tap the download link or the attached file.  Once the file downloads, tap it again.  Usually, you’ll either be asked how you’d like to open the file (if you have multiple ebook reading apps) or it’ll open automatically in the default reader.


manage ebook libraryIf your ereader device doesn’t have WiFi connectivity (no email or internet on the ereader), use the USB cable that came with your ereader device.

Plug the cable into your computer on one end and into your ereader device on the other.  Your ereader should be identified like an external hard drive.  As such, you can drag and drop a copy of the ebook from your computer to your ereader device.

Try dropping the ebook file into the Documents folder on your ereader device, unless the manufacturer recommends a better spot.


There are all kinds of other tools and methods for putting ebook files on your ereader device.  I just like to keep it simple via WiFi/email or a hardwired cable unless there’s a need to complicate the process… like you get an .ePub ebook file, but you want to put it on your Kindle.

Most online booksellers offer .ePub, .mobi, or both.  If you happen to get stuck with the wrong format for your device, though, you can convert it (unless it’s encrypted with DRM or other copy protection).

Calibre is the most popular method to manage ebook files and convert them as needed.

Michael Kozlowski of recently created a pretty good tutorial video on using Calibre to convert an ebook file and send it to an ereader device.

Don’t Be Afraid of Ebooks from Other Online Booksellers

It’s true that managing your library on your ereader device is easier through your dedicated online seller.  That’s why I answer the question, Which device should I buy, a Kindle or a Nook?, with another question. Which online store do you prefer… Amazon or Barnes and Noble?  If you have a preference, the decision’s pretty easy.  If you don’t have a preference, then all the iPad and other tablet factors appear, but that’s another blog post.  😉

Regardless of your ereader device, there’s no need to fear purchasing or gifting ebooks from other online booksellers.  Readers frequently purchase ebooks from Smashwords and Kobo for use on all kinds of ereader devices, and now that digital signing options are available, the demand for signed/autographed ebooks from and other services will continue to increase …for personal purchases and for gift purchases.

Don’t fear the loose ebook file.  It’s pretty easy to attach to your ereader.  🙂

Want to give it try?  You can purchase an autographed copy of What Do Ebook Authors Sign?  Book 1: Tools & Technology through  It’s a great option if you want to step outside your comfort zone and try a new online bookseller.

Exclusive Access to Free Ebook Promo Days

In addition to the latest news and information about signing ebooks and digital signing events, subscribers to the What Do Ebook Authors Sign? mailing list get an exclusive bonus.

Exclusive Access to Free Promotional Offers

I don't offer free ebooks often, but when I do, they'll probably be signed.You join a very narrow group of readers who will be notified about very limited time promotional offers for free, signed copies of the What Do Ebook Authors Sign? ebooks.

Because the ebooks are available for purchase through multiple online vendors, these will never be available through the Kindle Select free promotional days.

Instead, the rare free promotional periods will only be available to members of the What Do Ebook Authors Sign? mailing list or members of the bonus Facebook group.  Announcements about the promotions may appear elsewhere, but the instructions to request a free, autographed copy will be limited to the mailing list and the Facebook group.

The promos will run on limited dates, so you’ll want advanced notification.

Since these will be personally inscribed and signed ebooks, I’ll be manually receiving the requests, signing the ebooks, and sending them (ePub and mobi versions) to you via an email link.  It will be very much like a live signing event.  I’ll be personally responding to your requests ASAP during the promotion, so yeah…the time period will be limited.  (I gotta sleep some time.)  🙂


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