Bob Dylan Publisher Issues An Apology Over Fake-Signed Books
After fans received their limited edition of Bob Dylan’s hand-signed copies of his new book, ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song,’ they soon realized that the books were actually autographs reproduced using ‘autopen.’ Dylan’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, admitted to their mistake through an Instagram post and assured fans that they would be refunded effective immediately.
“To those who purchased ‘The Philosophy Of Modern Song’ limited edition, we want to apologize,” Simon & Schuster announced in a statement posted Sunday on Instagram after the outpouring of complaints from fans about the signature being mechanical duplicates.
Although the situation was clarified by the publishers, while the signatures continued to be shared on the forums, buyers were left in a frenzy as more people realized that the books were signed using autopen. This is less valuable in the collectors’ realm as the signing machine copies an authentic signature and reproduces it using a machine-powered pen.
However, after proper examination, they further stated, “As it turns out, the limited edition books contain Bob’s original signature but in a penned replica form. We are addressing this immediately by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund.”
By the end, the buyers concluded that at least 17 different signature variations were used in the books that were shipped out to fans before Simon & Schuster acknowledged that the signature expectations were not in line with what they had advertised, and they offered a full refund to everyone who purchased the book.