Bob Dylan apologizes for utilizing autopen system to ‘hand-sign’ new e-book

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Bob Dylan has apologized for an “error in judgment,” after it emerged that he used a machine to autograph particular copies of his new e-book that had been marketed as “hand-signed.”

Followers who paid $599 for certainly one of 900 copies of the music legend’s new e-book “Philosophy of Modern Song” shared their outrage after evaluating notes on-line and realizing that the books contained similar reproductions of the star’s signature.

Followers in contrast the autographs on the particular copies of “Philosophy of Modern Song” and concluded they had been similar. Credit score: from Twitter/thmcdonald1

Dylan took to social media on Saturday to deal with the controversy, saying he resorted to utilizing an autopen for the limited-edition copies of the e-book after a “bad case of vertigo” prevented him from having the ability to signal the books himself.

“I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem,” he mentioned within the assertion shared on his Fb web page.

“However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging.”

He went on to say that he felt the stress of contractual deadlines and “the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.”

Dylan added: “Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately.”

He signed off the assertion by saying that he was working with writer Simon & Schuster and his gallery companions to make issues proper and expressed his “deepest regrets.”

CNN has contacted Dylan’s representatives for additional remark.

Dylan’s apology comes days after Simon & Schuster issued an announcement confirming he had not hand-signed some copies of the e-book, launched earlier this month, and promised clients a refund.

“To those who purchased the ‘Philosophy of Modern Song’ limited edition, we want to apologize,” mentioned a tweet from Simon & Schuster. “As it turns out, the limited-edition books do contain Bob’s original signature, but in a penned replica form. We are addressing this information by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund.”