1. Who Do I Make It To?

    Patent Lets Authors Sign E-Books

    A customer looks at a nook electronic reader at a Barnes & Noble book store in Hackensack, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. The nook will be available again in most stores by midweek after quickly selling out over the holidays, the company said Monday. Barnes & Noble is hoping its foray into the eBook market, where it competes with Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle and now Apple's iPad, will help draw customers back through its doors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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    Autographs are going digital. Apple has filed a patent that would allow authors to sign their names electronically to a reader’s e-book. The patent allows for authentication of signatures either by an embedded certificate or an uploaded picture of the author and reader. Some signatures could be authenticated only in a designated “interactivity zone,” such as a book signing. Apple has not yet set a release date for the application.

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