I recently recieved some signed books out of the UK. Oddly enough they were signed by a now dead author, even though the books were not published till a few years after death. The publisher used a stamp with the authors signature, thus making the book signed from beyond the grave. Now using a stamp isnt that odd since many publishers have done that and continue to do that. What raised my eyebrows is that in this case it wasnt possible by any stretch of the imagination for the author to sign the book. Of course then we have authors that will sign your book for you, some of these authors also just use a stamp, or have one of their people stamp it. At what point do publishers/etc cross the line? And then we have bookplates. A book plate is signed by the author then stuck into the book. Ive discussed this with several authors and some are forceful on one view, while others feel just as strongly on the other. Some authors feel that a bookplate is just as good as a signed book, while others disagree. I have been told in no uncertain terms that as long as the book has a signature in it, either by bookplate or by the author opening the book to sign it, its all the same. What do you think?