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Simon & Schuster apologise, provide refunds for “hand-signed” Bob Dylan books signed by autopen


Publishing big Simon & Schuster have conceded that “hand-signed” copies of Bob Dylan’s new ebook, The Philosophy Of Trendy Tune, had been actually manufactured with an autopen system (which makes use of a machine to routinely reproduce an individual’s signature).

The signed copies of the ebook – of which there have been 900 – had been offered via Simon & Schuster’s web site at $599 USD (£505). Many followers cottoned on to the dupe once they began sharing pictures of their copies on boards, the place it turned clear that each copy sported a nearly similar signature.

In accordance with Selection, followers had been capable of isolate 17 variations of the signature by Sunday afternoon (November 20) – three days after the books had been shipped out – which had every been replicated dozens of instances.

Simon & Schuster initially refused to honour requests for refunds, assuring consumers that the signatures had been legit and validated by a “letter of authenticity”.

A generic response from the writer learn: “We actually perceive any considerations you’ll have, nonetheless – every particular person copy of the restricted signed version of Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy Of Trendy Tune was personally signed by the writer and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the writer of Simon & Schuster.”

That “letter of authenticity” was attributed informed the writer’s president and CEO, Jonathan Karp, and informed readers that “the copy of the ebook you maintain has been hand-signed by Bob Dylan”.

As pictures of the dodgy signatures continued to flow into, Simon & Schuster pivoted their stance on Sunday, telling consumers immediately that they might be refunded. An e-mail despatched to those that complained in regards to the dupe, additionally together with a signature from Karp, learn: “We apologize for the error that was made and are providing a full refund of your buy. Please preserve your copy of ‘The Philosophy of Trendy Tune’ for gratis. We hope you’ll get pleasure from studying it.”

The writer later made a public assertion on social media, writing: “To those that bought The Philosophy Of Trendy Tune restricted version, we need to apologize. Because it seems, the restricted version books do include Bob’s authentic signature, however in a penned reproduction type. We’re addressing this instantly by offering every purchaser with a direct refund.”

The Philosophy Of Trendy Tune, Dylan’s first authentic ebook since Chronicles: Quantity One in 2004, was launched on November 1. It options greater than 60 essays written by the folks icon, protecting songs by artists like Elvis Costello, Nina Simone and Hank Williams. The audiobook launch options a slew of celebrities studying Dylan’s essays, together with Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Oscar Isaac and Steve Buscemi.

One artist who took concern with the brand new ebook is Chris Frantz, drummer for Speaking Heads. Frantz informed Dylan to “suck a dick” in response to what he perceived as a slight towards his band, in an essay about Costello. “I feel it’s an excellent ebook – regardless of that one chapter,” Frantz mentioned.

Final week, Dylan introduced the seventeenth instalment in his long-running Bootleg Sequence: a field set celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of his thirtieth album, ‘Time Out Of Thoughts’, that includes a remixed model of the unique report, plus unreleased outtakes, demos, alternate variations and reside cuts.



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