Did Apple Just Invent the E-Book Autograph?
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) outlined a unique system that would enable an author to embed his or her autograph into a user’s digital media in a recently published patent uncovered by Apple Insider. In a patent titled “Embedding an Autograph in an Electronic Book,” Apple notes that e-books have many notable advantages over traditional printed books.
For example, e-books have the ability to include interactive content and generally have a lower cost than traditional paperbacks. However, Apple notes that unlike e-books, paper-based books have the ability to be personalized by an author’s autograph.
In order to add this capability to e-books, Apple developed a method for authors to embed an autograph into digital media. However, Apple’s system would also take advantage of the multimedia capabilities of digitally stored content by allowing the author to embed “text, audio clips, images, photo albums, videos, or other media items” in addition to traditional autographs.
Since the authenticity of an autograph is one of the reasons it is valued by a user, Apple also created several methods for authenticating an author’s autograph. Some methods use photos for authentication purposes, while others rely on digital authentication certificates that can be stored in a cloud.