Writer of Bob Dylan’s new e-book The Philosophy of Up to date Tune mentioned on Sunday that anybody who purchased “hand-signed” limited-edition copies may get their a reimbursement after it was revealed that the signatures weren’t real.
“We apologize for the error and are providing a full refund of the acquisition value,” reads an electronic mail to clients from Jonathan Karp, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “Please make a copy The Philosophy of Up to date Tune no price. We hope you take pleasure in studying it.”
On Twitter on Sunday afternoon, Simon & Schuster defined: “Because it seems, the restricted version books characteristic Bob’s unique signature, however in reproduction kind. We handle it instantly, offering any purchaser with a right away refund.”
— Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) November 20, 2022
The information got here lower than 48 hours after iHeartRadio.ca reported that collectors have been questioning the authenticity of the signatures – which they claimed have been made with autopen, a signature-replicating gadget. Collectors shared the proof on a number of on-line boards.
Karp didn’t reply to a request from iHeartRadio.ca on Friday asking for assurances that Dylan had hand-signed the books and that autopen know-how had not been used.
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In accordance with Simon & Schuster, 900 copies The Philosophy of Up to date Tune signed by Dylan have been up for grabs within the US, with one other 99 accessible within the UK. They have been priced at $599
On its US web site, the corporate marketed the e-book as “Unique BOB DYLAN Signed Version” and boasted that the books have been “assured handwritten by Bob Dylan!”
Karp’s title appeared on the letter of authenticity, dated November 15, which was despatched with the books. Partially it learn, “This letter is your affirmation that the copy of the e-book you might have was hand signed by Bob Dylan.”
(Shortly after iHeartRadio.ca reported on the controversy, the web site was up to date with a message that learn, “This version is not accessible for buy.”)
Dylan’s workforce doubled down on Saturday, tweeting, “Every single copy of the restricted version signed version of THE PHILOSOPHY OF A MODERN SONG OF Bob Dylan has been personally signed by the writer.”
Who made the “mistake” Karp talked about in his electronic mail to shoppers, and when did Simon & Schuster discover out the books weren’t “hand signed”? He didn’t instantly reply to questions from iHeartRadio.ca emailed on Sunday.
In October, Indigo CEO Andrea Limbardi knowledgeable clients that it “should cancel orders positioned for this signature version” as a result of “the writer and artist have determined to take a special route for the signed model of the e-book and won’t be promoting it in any retailer right now.”
Limbardi added, “I do know … getting a Dylan signature is uncommon, so I am positive there have to be a deep disappointment.”
Melissa Perri, Indigo’s public relations supervisor, didn’t reply Friday to iHeartRadio.ca’s request for extra data.
On eBay, a lot of the “signed” books that have been promoting for between $2,670 and $10,011 on Friday are not on the market.