I was reading a Goodreads’ post “15 Ways to Impress a Book Lover” when I came across #13
and I found myself thinking, “Really? Why?” Personally, autographed books you can buy at the store don’t hold much meaning to me since I didn’t actually meet the author. To me, the experience is what makes the autograph important and special, not so much the autograph itself.
I don’t own any autographed books, but I do own many autographed CDs both ones where I met the artist and ones where I purchased the album already with the autograph. I never really look at the albums again, but I do remember the experiences from time to time. For me it’s all about the experience of having met my favorite artist. Usually ,the reasons I buy pre autographed albums are just to have them, to support the artist, or to sell them.
That being said, if a friend were to give me an autographed book or CD or anything, it would certainly be exciting and meaningful and one of the most valuable things I owned.
So I wonder, do you buy autographed books? What meaning do they have for you? Have you gotten a book autographed personally? If you’ve done both, do they have different meanings for you or are they equally special?