Sign my ebook? Apple could make autographs digital thanks to new patent

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There’s something wonderful about getting an autograph from a favored artist, author or artist, and now Apple is looking to translate that experience to digital content.

Apple’s latest scheme, as explained in a patent discovered by AppleInsider, would possibly allow artists and other developers to leave digital trademarks on fans’ devices.

The trademarks would be one-of-a-kind and tied permanently to the recipient’s copy of the digital content being signed, and would normally be authenticated and exist on the cloud.

That’s right. The new-age issue of coming in person with an idolizer just to recognize you have got nothing for them to sign (vinyl fans with records in-hand notwithstanding) can soon become a thing of the past.

Digital signing

The patent, titled ‘Em bedding an autograph in an electronic book,’ concentrates thoroughly on ebooks and the ability for an author to leave digital signatures on fans’ copies.

The act can even be restricted geographically so that trademarks might just be released at a specific time and location, like in a book store during a signing.

The verification takes place on the author’s device, which holds certification of the author’s identity that’s then moved in addition to with the autograph itself over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to fans’ gadgets.

In other examples, the finalizing happens remotely over the web.

Save the Sharpies!

Digital autographs can theoretically be put on motion pictures, music and various other types of content, not simply books, though things get murkier when there’s not an evident area to leave a mark.

Naturally, much like in reality, the autographs would not be limited just to real trademarks, and artists would potentially be able to send out photos, sound bites and more.

Digital trademarks might include value to online content being sold with marketplaces like iTunes, not to point out producing another means for eager fans to connect with their favored artists.

And hey, it’ll conserve a bunch of precious Sharpie ink if this ever makes it out into the world.