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    Simon & Schuster apologise, supply 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 guide, The Philosophy Of Trendy Music, have been in truth manufactured with an autopen system (which makes use of a machine to routinely reproduce an individual’s signature).

    The signed copies of the guide – of which there have been 900 – have been bought by means of Simon & Schuster’s web site at $599 USD (£505). Many followers cottoned on to the dupe once they began sharing images of their copies on boards, the place it turned clear that each copy sported a just about similar signature.

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

    They’re autopenned. Fraudulent. Printed by a machine, not hand signed.

    — geewiz (@thmcdonald1) November 19, 2022

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

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

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

    As images 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 concerning 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 hold your copy of ‘The Philosophy of Trendy Music’ for free of charge. We hope you’ll take pleasure in studying it.”

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

    — Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) November 20, 2022

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

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

    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 file, plus unreleased outtakes, demos, alternate variations and stay cuts.

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