You ask for signed bookplates, you get signed bookplates

By Carl Zimmer | May 10, 2012 7:27 pm

At some of my recent talks, I’ve been running into people who’ve been annoyed that they forgot to bring a book of mine to get signed. You really couldn’t think of a better way to cheer up a writer, and so I feel the need to reciprocate.

So if you’ve gotten a book of mine and want to get it signed, I’ve printed up some bookplates that I can autograph and send to you.

Just to ensure I’m not signing bookplates for alien robots who will take these bookplates to their home planet to…do whatever evil thing alien robots do with bookplates from science writers…please follow these steps:

1. Take your picture with the book.

2. Email it to me, with your mailing address and any special signing request. As in, “To Ken Ham, so that someday he may appreciate transitional fossils….”

Optional step 3. For those on Twitter: instead of emailing me your photo, you can upload it to Twitter (mentioning my Twitter name @carlzimmer). Be sure to email me your address, too, so that I know where to send the bookplate.

So far, I’ve got three bookplates–one for Parasite Rexone for Science Ink (in matching Goth type), and one for Planet of Viruses. (See below). It’s weirdly easy to produce these things, so I’m happy to take requests for my other books.


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  1. Science Ink bookplate | Hermitina | May 17, 2012
  1. Jamie Curtis

    Such a deal! I’ll have my picture taken by a grandchild on Mother’s day and send it to you! (Just remember: You asked for it.)

  2. Carl – Love this idea! Stumbled upon your post on GoodReads. As a writer, I’ve thought of doing the same thing, and was wondering if you would mind sharing how you got the bookplates made or what service you used. Thanks!

  3. Here´s hoping that you´ll do one for “The Tangled Bank”.

  4. I just got kindle books


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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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