I think the LongPen is a big fat ridiculous scam.
Here’s your LongPen.
- Have author sign one book. Something generic: "Best wishes! Yours, J.D. Salinger."
- Publisher faxes signed page to bookseller.
- Bookseller uses "the long photocopier." Maybe some nice resume-quality paper. If it’s around.
- Technology-hypnotized readers line up for their pseudo-autograph.
What’s that? The LongPen puts the "signature" right in the book, plus I get to see what the author looks like on television, no doubt a connection replete with technical difficulties? Oh, well, in that case, never mind. Great idea.
I would never in a hundred years line up for a photocopy of a signature from any author. For an author to agree to participation in such a "author appearance" or "book signing" ("event", "reading", "respectful interaction with readers") makes me much less likely to feel any interest in that author’s writing.