Bob Dylan Used An Autopen For His New eBook. Now, He’s Apologizing

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

Fans who paid $599 for one in all 900 copies of the song legend’s new e-book “Philosophy Of Modern Song” shared their outrage after evaluating notes on-line and realizing that the books contained identical reproductions of the famous person’s signature.

Dylan took to social media on Saturday to deal with the debate, pronouncing he resorted to the usage of an autopen for the confined-version copies of the ebook after after a “bad case of vertigo” prevented him from being able to sign the books himself.

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“I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem,” he said in the statement shared on his Facebook 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 pressure of contractual deadlines and “the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to him, 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 statement by saying that he was working with publisher Simon & Schuster and his gallery partners to make things right and expressed his “deepest regrets.”

Dylan’s apology comes days after Simon & Schuster issued a declaration confirming he had not hand-signed a few copies of the e book, released earlier this month, and promised customers their money back.

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“To those who purchased the ‘Philosophy of Modern Song’ limited edition, we want to apologize,” said 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.”

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