Signed books! I love them and yet loathe them. Why? On the one hand, it’s like winning the lottery when you get a book signed. It’s your opportunity to fangirl / fanboy with the author about what a great book they wrote and you have something personal. Then I find myself with a slight problem especially when it comes to rereads and not wanting to touch the signed copy! I imagine a hundred years from now at an auction house a future descendant selling it and it not going for more because of stains or wear around the edges. Yeah I’m weird like that. Blame the historian in me.
Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) once remarked that a gentleman needed three copies of every book: one for keeping, one for reading and one for lending. I’ve taken this to heart and own two copies, usually one digital, and one physical. It solves my conundrum of reading a signed book. And yet, I adore my physical signed copies. I always take great care when reading them even though at times I wish I could live dangerously and treat them like they weren’t extra special.
Do you read your signed copies or do you prefer to have an extra copy just for this reason alone?