eSign Overview

What is eSign?

eSign allows an easy, efficient and secure way to sign documents electronically. It provides a simple way to replace manual, paper-based methods.

What is an electronic signature?

An electronic signature, or eSignature, as defined by the Federal ESIGN Act, is an “electronic sound, symbol or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record” (ESIGN).

All 50 states have laws that define electronic signatures in substantially the same way.

How does Partridge Africa use eSign and electronic signatures?
Partridge Africa uses eSign and electronic signatures to make it easy, fast and secure for authors to sign our publishing agreements. Approximately one to three business days after purchasing a publishing package, you’ll receive an email that will prompt you to sign our publishing agreement using eSign.
Are electronic signatures legally binding?

Yes, electronic signatures are legally binding in the United States. There are two Acts that establish this legality of electronic signatures – the U.S. Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN, 2000)and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA, 1999). Both ESIGN and UETA establish that electronic records and signatures carry the same weight and legal effect as traditional paper documents and handwritten signatures stating: A document or signature cannot be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form.

Not all eSignature solutions are created equal.

How to Sign a Document

How do I sign a document?

Partridge Africa will send you an email that contains a link to open the Self-Publishing Services Agreement using eSign. Click “View Documents” to start the signing process.

From there, the eSign overview page provides a short summary of the signing process and has the consumer disclosure, which covers conducting business electronically. After you review the consumer disclosure, select the checkbox for agreeing to conduct business electronically. Then click “Continue”, Important! You must agree to conduct business electronically with the document sender in order to view and sign the documents.

After you review the agreement (s), you can type in your full name and select “approve” or “decline” and then click “submit” button. This signature will be associated with a unique identifier and will be recorded as signed by you and you alone.

Can I sign in pen on paper and fax or e-mail back a signed document?

Yes, eSign allows signing with pen on paper. When you receive the initial email, click the “print” option after reviewing the agreement (s). Follow the instructions to print and then choose to either return the document by fax or upload and attached to an email.

Can I sign in pen on paper and postal mail back a signed document?

Yes, print the agreement from either the website or from the eSign link that you received via email. Sign and date the agreement.

Mail it to:

Partridge Publishing Africa
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
Attn: Contracts