Autography is a company that provides a neat service that tries to create a bit of ownership around ebooks by allowing authors to digitally sign (ie. autograph/customise) a given electronic book.
Autography LLC is a media technology firm in St Petersburg, Florida with a patent-pending method for inserting an autograph or other salutation into an ebook. This personalization can take place at the time of purchase or any time afterwards, including after secondary (used) sales. .
I've listed some of their features here (the website contains additional detail for each item):
- The freedom to use any eReader
- Custom tailored author signature pages
- Social network positioning
- Autography has the metadata advantage
That last one sounds market-speaky, but in essence just refers to the ability to produce reports about what titles are being customised, etc.
What's cool about this kind of service is that it provides another avenue to connect authors to their readers, and even expands on the concept of author signings, by allowing a real-time ebook signing event to be held in a remote, distributed way - the author at a physical book signing at his/her favourite bookshop, while also performing a digital signing event for readers who can't attend in person.
Look into it here: http://www.autography.com/