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.”

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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.

Canadian Author & Historian of Quatria https://lostbooks.ca