Publishing Ebooks With Crypto & Blockchain — Part 1

Intro to Self-Publishing Ebooks With Distributed & Decentralized Technologies

MY OBJECTIVE:

CALL TO ACTION:

If this article helps deepen your research into independent publishing using crypto & blockchain technologies, please show your appreciation with some BTC.

Please don’t try to “steal my password.”

Bitcoin address: 3DaQk4TBq1y2rfzbdXyXneHmewN1gu85Di

DISCLAIMER:

On to the “good stuff…”

INTRODUCTION: EBOOK MARKET DISRUPTION

“These new e-book platforms are consumer-facing systems that include online stores for purchasing e-books, apps for reading them… and features for reselling them, lending them and giving them away. They use blockchains to track users’ ownership of e-books. When you buy an e-book on one of these services, it puts a record of your purchase on a blockchain that establishes your ownership of the file. You get a token — a small digital file — signifying ownership. Then you can alienate — a legalese term meaning to sell, lend, rent, or give away — the file to someone else. When that happens, a record of the new ownership is put on the blockchain, and the token moves to the new owner. […]

As these systems roll out, we’ll see whether the advantages offered by blockchain technology will translate to features that book authors and readers care about.”

Note: I believe Publica also now accepts credit cards, but it seems like Metamask may still be required.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR SELF-PUBLISHING:

1) Storing the file.

2) Paying for the file.

3) Receiving the file.

4) Reading the file.

5) Resale/transfer of the file.

PUBLICA.COM INTRODUCTION

This video claims you as an author get 90% royalties via Publica.

It is not the ebook itself that is in the blockchain, but a token that is linked to the book. A token is like a key to open the book.”

We will work through the specifics of buying in the next section:

METAMASK REQUIRED TO BUY BOOKS ON PUBLICA (ON DESKTOP/WEB)

Let’s look at a sample book on Publica really quick:

This is not a great security warning for new book buyers…
Hm, that broken image link could be concerning?

1) A Metamask account

2) A Coinbase or equivalent account to fund your wallet

3) A Cryptopia account (to buy PBL)

4) Your local currency to buy crypto

5) BTC and ETH (must have some ETH to pay for transaction, “gas”)

6) PBL

7) Proprietary e-reader/wallet app from Publica

PUBLICA BOOK ICO’S

PUBLICA EASE-OF-USE RATING: 👎

BOOKCHAIN BY SCENAREX, INTRODUCTION:

EXAMPLE EBOOK ON BOOKCHAIN

BOOKCHAIN INTRO VIDEO (FRENCH ONLY)

BOOKCHAIN EASE-OF-USE RATING: 👍

SOME ODDS & ENDS: BREAKER

ODDS & ENDS: PO.ET

ODDS & ENDS: DISTRIBUTED PRINTING

If you know of other viable tools to help independent authors and publishers host and sell their ebooks, please add them to comments below. Thanks for reading.

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