Unfortunate Bob Dylan followers who spent $599 to purchase 900 self-signed copies of his new e book, The Philosophy of Trendy Music, will get their a refund after writer Simon & Schuster admitted on Sunday afternoon that it was receiving signature complaints that they’re truly mechanical duplicates had been essential.
“We need to apologize to those that bought the restricted version Philosophy of Trendy Music,” Simon & Schuster, which supplied the books on the market on its web site, tweeted. “Because it seems, the restricted version books include Bob’s unique signature, however within the type of a written duplicate. We’re responding to this info by offering each purchaser with a right away refund.”
The books started arriving in consumers’ mailboxes on Friday, and consumers rapidly started evaluating notes – or extra importantly, photographs – and realized the volumes had been apparently signed utilizing “autopen”, which captures the true signature and reproduces it with machine pushed pen. Consumers sharing photographs on public boards had been capable of determine 17 totally different variations of the caption, which had been used since early Sunday afternoon earlier than the writer admitted the objects weren’t as marketed.
On Friday, the writer rejected incoming requests for a refund of the $599 price ticket, nonetheless claiming the books had been hand-signed, as claimed by a letter from the pinnacle of the corporate that accompanies every quantity, confirming its authenticity. These preliminary responses had been, “Nevertheless, we definitely perceive any considerations you could have – Every single copy of Bob Dylan’s restricted, signed version of THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG has been personally signed by the creator and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from writer Simon & Schuster.”
Everybody who acquired the acquisition acquired a letter signed by Jonathan Karp, President-CEO, during which he wrote: “You might be holding one thing particular in your arms, one in every of solely 900 copies obtainable within the US” of the signed e book. “This letter confirms that the copy of the e book you maintain in your hand has been hand signed by Bob Dylan.”
However inside 48 hours, as photographic proof was gathered that the declare was unlikely, the corporate modified its tone. The emails that started to be despatched early Sunday afternoon to prospects who complained referred to the “error”: “We apologize for the error we made and are providing a full refund of the acquisition. Please make a copy of The Philosophy of Trendy Music free of charge. We hope you take pleasure in studying it,” reads the e-mail, additionally signed by Karp.
The usage of an autopen is commonly wanted – and naturally broadly frowned upon – on the earth of collectors, and plenty of celebrities are accused of utilizing it, although not often in circumstances the place signed objects promote for $600 or extra.
Since Simon & Schuster is unlikely to intentionally defraud consumers when duplicates had been really easy to identify, there will probably be hypothesis as to how the corporate believed the books had been individually signed. Up to now, Dylan very sometimes supplied restricted version autographed copies of his art work or Chronicles, and eagle-eyed aficionados usually nonetheless imagine that the majority or all of those earlier objects had been in actual fact hand-signed.
Representatives for the writer didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Sunday.
On eBay, sellers had been providing a “signed” e book for resale for as a lot as $6,000 over the weekend. Most of those listings have been eliminated, both by sellers or by eBay itself. However some hope the e book will nonetheless be collectable: shortly after Simon & Schuster posted the discover, one eBay vendor marketed a “hardcover autopen” for a cut price value of $725.
The web page on Autograph Stay was one in every of a number of locations the place collectors might examine notes on Dylan’s signatures when the books got here within the mail, together with photographs of 17 varieties that consumers had noticed by Sunday.
“Philosophy of Trendy Music” has acquired largely excessive reward since its publication earlier this month, together with Rangea rave evaluation that referred to as the e book “nice”.