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Jonathan Franzen Signs a Kindle

One Reddit user convinced Jonathan Franzen to sign his Kindle eReader this week, earning a “resigned sigh” from the digitally averse novelist.

As you can see by the image embedded above, it appears Franzen scribbled his name and wrote “SIGNED KINDLE” on the back of the device. Doubters can double-check the signature against this copy of Franzen’s signature.

Earlier this year, Franzen knocked digital books: “When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place. The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing – that’s reassuring.” He also took a shot a Twitter this week.

Reddit users didn’t miss a beat when they saw the image.Reddit reader John Shutt quipped: “Ha, that’s like getting Ayn Rand to sign your copy of Das Kapital. Did you tell him you can’t wait to tweet the picture?” User ElBeh responded: “Nah, but he did give a sort of resigned sigh when I asked him to sign it.”

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