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With Publica, buyers can not only purchase a token as such, users can also instantly access the content of the corresponding collectible item with the e-reader app. Literally, open a one-of-a-kind piece of content on their device any time they want!

By doing so, authors are able to activate and reward their early supporters, receive the funds needed to finish their works, and tap into the power of the blockchain.

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Digital distribution

Automated distribution of ebooks to Publica e-reader wallets.

Blockchains do not have geofencing. Publica is available worldwide without limits.

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Smart contract that sells your books is written in an immutable, decentralised blockchain, nobody can shut it down.

Tradability of your book

Your book now is a token that governs access to it. Millions of people trade tokens, gifts or transfer them to friends or needing libraries.

Ease of ownership transfer

To lend or gift a book to a friend you simply transfer the token of the book from one wallet to another.

New markets

Exposure to rapidly growing cryptocurrency markets. Book tokens are sold for platform money-exchangeable cryptocurrency.

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Clear record of financial interest, sales, author and third party interest.

Author-centric peer-to-peer financial relations between authors and your supporters.

Auditless revenue distribution

Integrate your publishing team in the smart contrast that will automate the payout.

Tokenisation of the book creates vested interest among your readers, who are holders of a tradable token now.

Secondary market

Token exchanges will use smart contacts to apportion part of the resale price of the book to an author.

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The Comprehensive Guide to NFT Books

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NFTs seem to be the newest trend in the blockchain technology. By the end of 2021, the NFT market surpassed $40 billion in value, according to an NFT market report . The sales of NFTs jumped from $350 million in 2020 to $2 billion in 2021.

But how does that affect writers? What do NFT books mean exactly and how do they differ from digital ebooks? And what are the best platforms for NFT book publishing? We are going to explore all these questions, and more, in this article.

NFT Books

What Is an NFT?

Before going into the details of NFT books, let’s first explain what NFTs actually are. Think of an NFT as the ownership of a digital file. The term itself stands for non-fungible token which is a digital asset that exists and is traded on a blockchain. This token, by definition, is irreplaceable, which gives it more value because of its digital scarcity. It could be anything digital, from artwork to video games and music. 

The act of adding these digital files as NFTs on a blockchain is known as minting. The most known blockchain that hosts NFTs currently is Ethereum . The process of minting puts the data in a public ledger, which can’t be changed or deleted. This allows for the track of all the transactions and sales of NFTs.

Minting the NFTs isn’t for free, however; there is a fee that has to be paid in order to add these transactions to the public ledger. This cost is known as gas fees and is paid in cryptocurrency.

There are now many online marketplaces where these tokens are sold to investors. The transaction that takes place between the seller and the buyer is governed by smart contracts, as well as royalties. 

What Is an NFT Book? And How Different Is It from Digital Ebooks?

Now that we understand what an NFT is, let’s take a look at NFT books. Just like ebooks, NFT books can contain multimedia and interactive elements. While ebooks exist as downloadable files that anyone can buy from online ebook retailers, NFT books can only be purchased from marketplaces on the blockchain, moving the ownership of the book from the seller to the buyer–this doesn’t include the copyrights. This makes it more like a unique digital asset, just like buying a first edition of a printed book, or a copy that is signed by the author.

Unlike ebooks, the number of copies of an NFT book is limited, usually about 100 copies only. This applies the digital scarcity concept of NFTs. These books are also usually offered as special editions with some unique advantages. For example, by buying the NFT book, the reader also unlocks a master class, or gets a one-on-one interview with the author.

The other great thing about publishing an NFT for authors is that there can be a secondary market for resale, where the author gets a percentage of every resale done. And since there are limited copies of this book, it’s more valuable than normal ebooks.

Why Should Authors Consider Releasing NFT Books?

The NFT market is currently booming, and this is only the beginning. So might want to consider making a special NFT edition of your book, to get the best of this emerging market and benefit from its many advantages, which include:

Full Ownership

Once you’ve minted your book as an NFT, it belongs to you; this means you can sell it independent of a publishing company.

Immediate Compensation

Unlike publishing platforms where the author has to wait for weeks or even months to get royalties for their book, when you sell an NFT book, you get compensated immediately. This happens through the smart contract that exists on the blockchain, and is executed once the sale takes place.

Additional Value for Your Fans

You can add value to your NFT book by making it come with additional perks such as an exclusive course, a one-on-one consultation, or some kind of collaborative opportunity. This will both increase your fan base and increase the value of your NFT for your fans.

Increasing Value Over Time

NFTs are treated more like memorabilia. This means that they usually increase in value and popularity over time.

Copyrights Security

There is no room for piracy when it comes to NFT books, as each copy of the book, as well as its owner, is recorded on the blockchain. Once the ownership changes, the royalties are paid.

Royalties with Each Resale

Secondary market sales have a royalty that you, as an author, can receive. So when the person who bought your book decides to sell it, you get a percentage of that sales and every subsequent transaction. This empowers the authors as well as the fans, giving them a sense of acuity and ownership in your brand.

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What Are Things Authors Should Consider When Creating an NFT book?

If you decide to create an NFT book, you should think beyond the writing and publishing process; try to figure out what will make readers want to invest in your book. So before you go on this adventure, here are a few things to consider:

Create a Community

One thing you have to keep in mind, however, before starting the whole process is that it’s better to have a community that will support you. It’s hard for the books of independent, new authors to get noticed in the sea of NFTs out there without having a fan base.

Offer a Limited Number of Copies

Offering a limited number of copies increases the value of your book, making it more desirable, and hence increasing its price. 

Add Extra Value

Make the NFT book a special edition by adding extra resources, such as an illustration for a scene in the books, or an interview with the author.

Provide Unique Versions of the Book

Another way to add value is by making each copy of the limited NFT edition have something truly unique, like a variation in the wording of the art of the book.

How to Make (Mint) an NFT Book?

At this point, you might be saying: this is all great, but how can I create an NFT book? Well, the process of minting your book may differ from one marketplace to another. But in general, here’s what you’ve to do: 

  • Choose an NFT marketplace .
  • Create a crypto wallet. Here are some of the most popular wallets you can use, but please note that some marketplaces require using certain wallets.
  • Buy cryptocurrency to fund your wallet.
  • Connect your wallet to the NFT platform.
  • Upload your book, starting with the book cover, the book file, and any extra files that come with it.
  • List your NFT book and start managing your sales.

Minting NFT Book

How Much Does Minting an NFT Book Cost?

The cost of minting NFTs depends on the marketplace you’re using, and how busy it is on the time you’re using it. For example, the first fee for initializing an account on OpenSea could vary from $70 to $300, and the good news is that they have just announced the Collection Manager which allows sellers to make NFTs without paying gas.

This, of course, doesn’t apply to all marketplaces. That’s why you might want to keep an eye on the gas prices to know when is the best time for minting, and you can also use a gas tracker, such as Etherscan , to help you with that.

What Are the Common Royalties from Selling NFT Books?

Selling an NFT book is different from using publishers, whether for publishing digital or paper books. While publishers usually give the author royalties that vary from 15% to 70%, depending on the publisher, when you sell an NFT book you get the full price, minus the commission the marketplace takes.

When your NFT is resold, you get a percentage of every subsequent sale. This is the royalty you get, which usually varies from 5% to 10%. In most marketplaces, the creator can choose the NFT royalty percentage they want.

What Is the Best Marketplace for NFT books?

With the booming market of NFTs, it is only normal for new marketplaces that are specialized in books to appear. So besides the popular NFT marketplaces , such as OpenSea , Rarible , and SuperRare , you might like to consider minting your book on a book specialized marketplace, to give it a better chance of getting noticed.

Here are some of the emerging NFT book marketplaces:

  • BooksGoSocial
  • PublishedNFT

What Are the Best NFT Book Examples?

Many famous authors have already published their books as NFTs, trying to benefit from this promising market. Other authors, known as “crypto writers” have made the best of the NFT market in more creative ways. Here are a few examples:

The WakeUp Millionaire Collection

Originally published in 2013, Patric Chan (the best-selling author) released The WakeUp Millionaire Collection NFT, which includes the digital copy of the book, access to the Wakeup Millionaire community, and a free subscription to the Patricweekly newsletter.

The Verannie Moss and the New Hideout NFT

The special edition of this children’s book has a bonus of a never-seen-before original artwork that is signed by the illustrator and the theme tune used on the Verannie Moss website.

Call Sign White Lily Special Edition

This version of the best-selling book includes an unabridged version copy of the book, the Lily Litvyak Photo Album which contains more than 50 vintage photographs, and a high-quality story video called “Dreams of Becoming Something.”

Written by Rex Shannon, each page of this novel is sold as a separate NFT. Once a page is sold, it is then made available to the public. This way, each buyer contributes to funding the access to this work of art.

Originally written in 2008 by Blake Bulter, the author has initially given up on publishing his futurefiction novel. That was until NFTs started to become popular. He then decided to turn his novel into GIFs that can be absorbed in less than 10 seconds! When the NFT of this novel is bought, a PDF version is provided to the buyer along with the GIFs.

Final Thoughts

This is only the beginning of the NFT market, and the sky is the limit for the ways authors can harness the power of NFTs. From adding additional value to the book to revolutionizing the secondhand book market, NFT books are going to benefit both the authors as well as the readers.

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Would be interesting to read about the first ever NFT Books. As far as I know it all started with Bitcoin/Counterparty in 2014 with JPJA, BOOKBAC and COMICBOOK.

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Thank you, JP for your comment and for sharing your knowledge about the origins of NFT books. While NFT books are a relatively new concept, there have been several pioneers in the field. Determining the first-ever NFT book can be challenging since there are different interpretations of what constitutes an NFT book. However, the titles you mentioned are indeed said to be some of the early examples of NFT books.

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I’m currently in the beginning stages of writing a sequences of books I want to put them on every platform that allows me to do it so I gotta invest in others who have done it before me so this means a lot of time to self teach and self appliances I got help though

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On March 11, an artist called Beeple sold his latest work for over $69 million through the renowned Christie’s auction house. If you follow the art world this isn’t anything to raise your eyebrows at…except that unlike most art sold at these prices, this work was digital, sold as a non-fungible token (NFT).

This was far from the first use of NFTs for digital art — in fact, NFTs are slowly gaining momentum across multiple creative industries. Kings of Leon released its latest album in NFT in March, as well, with three package variations limited to a sales period of only two weeks (sorry, you already missed it) — and made $2 million in sales from it. NBA Top Shot use of NFTs drove $200 million in gross sales off NFT video highlights (think baseball cards, but for live action moments). Nike’s got skin in the game too, with a public patent filed for an NFT-enabled shoe .

People are even selling tweets in NFT …which is weird and does not really take advantage of the concept’s potential, in my opinion, but that’s the internet for you.

So what’s this got to do with books? The implications for the digital publishing industry with NFTs for books could be game-changing.

Think cryptocurrency, but for digital goods.

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The most accessible definition I’ve found to explain NFTs comes from Forbes :

“An NFT is simply a record of who owns a unique piece of digital content. That content can be anything from art, music, graphics, tweets, memes, games — you name it. If it’s digital and it was created, it can be an NFT. It’s ‘non-fungible” because it can’t be readily exchanged for a similar good at a similar price.”

In other words, it’s the digital equivalent of owning a physical good. You buy an NFT, and it becomes your legal property. It’s more secure than a typical digital transaction because the records are kept in blockchain, which offers a public record that’s “unhackable” and helps combat pirating.

What do NFTs have to do with books?

NFTs for books hold a lot of potential and significance for the publishing industry, both practically and creatively.

To start, let’s talk about what separates NFTs from the digital copies of books already available today via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or elsewhere.

When you purchase an ebook on Amazon, your ownership over that commodity is different from a physical book. Yes, you bought it, but you only have it for as long as Amazon is around and agrees to keep providing it. If Amazon crumbled tomorrow, that book would disappear with the rest of its platform.

From this perspective, NFTs have more in common with print books — it’s your possession, period. It won’t disappear at the whims of an outside party. In fact, with NFT, you don’t just own a copy, you own a specific copy within a series of copies. Think first edition, second edition, and so forth.

For related reasons, pirating an NFT book is much harder, and it’s also harder to challenge a creator’s copyright to a work. It’s all right there in the blockchain.

And that’s just one of many cool things about NFTs for books. Another game-changing aspect of NFT for publishing is the ability to apply smart contracts.

When a book gets published, there are typically various parties who all earn a percent of each sale. These are paid out a few times a year, depending on the publisher, on notoriously months-long delays. But with a smart contract, the application of these contractual payouts are embedded directly into the transaction. The payout is immediate and automatic. You could also include contingencies for changes in those payouts over time, or even after an author’s death. It’s a beautiful thing!

But the most exciting part of all this is in the resale. After purchasing an NFT, an owner might decide to put it up for resale (think used bookstores, but online). And this is where digital edges out ahead of print books when you use NFT, because authors and other involved parties can continue to reap a smaller percentage of royalties on those resales, into eternity. An author’s cut for an ebook sale is typically 30%, and standards for NFT resale are stabilizing at about 10–15%.

Some who are following the NFT trend are already predicting this will become the standard way to sell books, like writer Melinda Crow :

“In all honesty, I think eventually this will be the predominant method of selling our work, to clients, publications, and even directly to the reading consumer themselves.”

What’s more there are services already established for the very purpose of bringing publishing to NFT, such as Mirror .

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Beyond Books: Fandom Bonuses

Authors are always looking for intriguing and creative ways to engage their fans with the worlds within their novels, and NFTs are full of possibilities.

For example:

First & Special Editions

Authors and publishers create special editions of books all the time — editions with a special foreward, or notes from the author strewn through it, or gorgeous illustrations you can’t get anywhere else. But the format and limitlessness of traditional ebooks makes such items a lot less meaningful.

NFTs, with their ability to limit quantities and time periods for a release, and the numbering of each unique copy, could finally make such features special in a digital format, too.

Signed Copies

Similar to the idea of limited special editions, an author could also create copies with a limited number of digitally signed copies of a work. The feels fairly on par with, say, receiving a signed bookplate through the mail.

Swag and Bonuses

Speaking of bookplates, why not create digital ones in NFT? Much as authors have long developed bonuses like pins, character cards, world maps, and other content bonuses for fans, these could all exist in NFT.

Heck, you could sell plots of land in a fantasy world, let the owners develop those plots as they wish as part of the expanded world, and refer to this as an official cannon for future works within the series.

Multimedia Possibilities

NFT bonuses aren’t limited to the equivalent of what one would find in print — if it can be digitized, it can be a NFT. So why not create a limited edition author reading of the first chapter of a new release? There’s really no reason, and many fans would love to access such an experience.

Compounding Value

And remember, these creations can be collected and even resold, with the author earning at each sale. In a lot of cases, these items would likely increase in value over time — think artwork or first editions of beloved classics. The compounding of such royalties and value over time could be a game-changer for authors and publishers who aren’t afraid to get a little creative.

The Downside of NFTs

With so many advantages, why haven’t we all switched over to NFTs for everything already? A few reasons.

For now, NFTs cost significant amounts to create, which would make it challenging for a typical NFT ebook to be competitive with what we’ve come to expect from ebook prices. These prices fluctuate, which make it more complicated to plan for, and then there’s a “gas tax” tacked on. But these prices have already been trending downward. With time, this hurdle will likely dissolve on its own.

The reason for that gas tax is that NFTs come at a significant environmental cost . On average , about the equivalent a 500-mile drive (in a typical American gas-fueled car).

When a new NFT is minted, the reason the digital good is so secure is because of the complexity of the process — which requires a huge amount of computing power. Which in turn requires a huge amount of energy. Which has major environmental consequences.

So that gas tax tacked onto NFTs is quite literal, and is paying for the offest of that environmental cost. Does this replace avoiding the damage to our planet in the first place? Um, no. Unfortunately not.

All that said, some are saying this cost doesn’t necessarily increase proportional to the number of NFTs created — kind of like a plane that’s already flying either way, so what’s it cost for one more artist to buy a ticket and take the trip?

Others argue that if we’re tackling environmental impacts, NFTs of individual artists trying to gain a foothold on a fandom is hardly the place to start — why not worry about those big corporations’ environmental footprint first?

Hopefully, as the technology evolves, this is something that can be addressed.

A Ways to Go, But Lots to Come

Some say NFTs are a bubble that will eventually burst and die out, or even that it’s already burst. Within publishing, some are saying it’s too early to tell if NFTs will have any significance. But by many accounts, it’s a young market that will mature and stabilize as it becomes more widely understood — and as this occurs, authors and readers have a lot to gain.

Already today, younger generations who are digital natives are considering digital goods just as real as physical ones, and this is sure to only to continue to firm up and expand.

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In a nutshell, an NFT is a digital representation that can be stored perpetually or used to trade goods on a blockchain. It's also known as an "artificial lifeform" because of its ability to create unique tokens that can be traded by anyone in the world.

There are many different types of NFTs—each with its benefits and downsides. For example, you could have an NFT that represents your house; it would allow you to easily sell your house through the blockchain. You could also use it as an investment vehicle by buying shares in that house and selling those when you get ready to sell your home.

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We don't need that level of abstraction, so remember, the clearest way to define an NFT is a digital asset used to represent the ownership of something .

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What is an NFT Book? #

An NFT Book is a digital representation of your book (same as your ebook) but inheriting the properties of your physical book , like having a limited number of copies, or the ownership of every copy.

The idea behind NFT Books is that they enable people to create their unique pieces of art or memorabilia, and then sell that art in a way that's both easy and secure using blockchain. You can create an NFT Book in seconds —all you need is a computer and your day-to-day blockchain wallet.

🍀 NFT Books are also a great way for artists to earn money from their work: you'll be able to sell these books without ever having to leave your house or worry about being ripped off by scammers looking to get their hands on your personal information.

When it comes to selling an NFT Book, it's not the same as utilizing a publisher for digital or print books. Instead of receiving a percentage of the book's sales , authors who sell their work through NFT get paid the whole amount, less a commission, which can range anywhere from 10% to 30%.

Every time your NFT is resold, a portion of the proceeds goes to you . Typically, you'll receive a royalty of between 5% and 10%. The author has the option to select the NFT royalty percentage they desire in the majority of marketplaces.

The Scarcity of NFT Books #

The uniqueness is what makes NFT Books different from ebooks.

NFT books are like Kindle books, but instead of just being electronic versions of print books, they're unique objects that exist in their own right (similar to Beanie Babies or Pokémon cards).

🍀 This means that when you buy an NFT Book from an online retailer, you're not only getting a digital copy of the text—you're also buying a unique piece of art that can't be copied or replicated.

Using NFT technology, we are helping to generate a limited number of personalized digital copies that may be preserved and enjoyed by readers in a responsible and personal digital library.

How Can Authors Benefit from NFT Books? #

Authors can benefit from NFT books in many ways. If you are an author, then you must have realized that the thing that makes your book popular is its popularity.

The following benefits are a great persuader to start writing your first NFT book.

Copyright protection is one of the numerous advantages that NFT Books may provide writers. Because each NFT Book and its owner are recorded on the blockchain, there is no space for piracy . The royalties are paid after the ownership is transferred. Your material is yours to do with as you choose.

Each time your product is resold, you earn a percentage of the sale price. As an author, you are eligible to receive a portion of the proceeds from sales on the secondary market . If the individual who purchased your book decides to resell it, you will receive a portion of each sale. For both fans and writers, this gives them a sense of empowerment and ownership of the brand.

Your NFT Book can be further enhanced by including optional extras such as a unique course, one-on-one consultations, or even opportunities for collaboration. Your fan base will grow, and your NFT's worth will rise as a result.

If you are interested in creating your first NFT Book , MPL-Publisher is re-envisioning how authors produce, distribute, and monetize their creative works in new, exciting ways that directly connect them with their readers through NFT Books.

Do not miss this opportunity.

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What Are NFTS and How Do They Work in Publishing?

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The publishing industry has grown along with the technology and has included in its arsenal a number of ways to market an author’s book. One such concept is the NFT or the non-fungible token. What is a non-fungible token though? What makes it an important tool for a lot of writers? 

Here are a few things writers should know about NFTs.

1. what are nfts really.

Before we talk about using NFTs, let’s find out what an NFT really is, and what it has to offer as a resource. NFTs or non-fungible tokens are somewhat similar to cryptocurrency .

While digital content could be easily copied and resold, what makes NFTs so unique is that they are backed up by a digital certificate of ownership that could be bought and sold.

The record of sale for NFTs is stored in a digital ledger called a blockchain . What makes NFTs secure is the fact that they are maintained by thousands of computers all over the world.

2. NFT for writers/authors

As a writer, it is important that you take whatever advantage you could get when it comes to selling your work. This includes NFTs.

The NFT is a new concept for most content makers. By utilizing NFTs in your book marketing, you will be able to hit various aspects of the book marketing process. You will also be able to sell various merchandise that is connected to your work.

3. Can books be NFTs?

Yes, books can be NFTs. Any kind of digital content can be an NFT. Like cryptocurrency. The only difference is that it deals with digital goods. It is a record for any kind of digital content and could encompass arts, music, tweets, games, and yes, books in digital form.

4. Marketing strategies for authors as the world and technology changes

Now that we know what NFTs are, we can now strategize how to use them in your book marketing campaigns. When it comes to using NFTs in your book marketing, you should know the key benefits it has to offer. Here are some ways you could use NFTs in your book marketing.

  • Sell Signed Copies

One of the best things about NFTs is that they are a potential source of income for content creators. The amount of revenue that a content creator could earn depends on how well-received and limited your content is. In the case of authors, you could release a limited number of digitally signed books. This will give these books a sense of rarity and will compel fans to buy them.

  • Digital Merchandise

A good number of authors often create physical merchandise such as stylized bookmarks, artworks, shirts, and even glassware that holds excerpts or images taken from the author’s work.

Why not do the same for your NFTs? Create fun content like digital trading cards, original illustrations, and screensavers that are given the go sign by you, the author. This is an attractive prospect for most fans, and they will most likely purchase them to show their fandom.

  • Release Limited-Edition Copies

Aside from selling signed copies, why don’t you release limited-edition copies of your work? When it comes to NFTs, a majority of people often prefer limited-edition content. By selling limited-edition copies of your book, you will be able to entice your fan base as they are more likely to prefer a rare copy of your work. Just make sure that you make your limited-edition copy as attractive and unique as possible.

There are many ways you could do this. You could create beautiful artwork interspersed in your digital book or specialized forewords that are exclusive to only the limited-edition copies. You could also add some snippets from your other work, such as a poem, short story, or a unique author photo.

When it comes to creating a limited-edition copy of your work, what’s important is that it has added features that will set it apart from the regular copies of your work. Most important of all, the content should be registered in the NFT blockchain. This is the only way to confirm its authenticity as an NFT.

Related: How to Promote a Book  

5. The downside of NFTs

While NFTs are beneficial for authors, it is a new concept, and it still has some things to improve on. If you are going to use NFTs, it is very important that you keep tabs on these downsides and know how to avoid the key mistakes in using NFTs. Here are some of the downsides of using NFTs.

  • Lack of content control

While NFTs can’t be legally changed if you have proof of authenticity, it is still quite vulnerable to hacking and security breaches. Even if you hold the original copy, there is still a risk of prints being made without your knowledge. This lack of security is mostly because NFTs are very new, and few security systems are in place.

  • There is no set value for NFTs

One of the main setbacks in using NFTs is the fact that there is really no set value for NFTs. The value is speculative, and it is up to you and the buyer to come up with a set price for your NFTs. This could be quite tricky if you are going to sell your NFTs to a large number of people.

  • NFTs take a substantial amount of computing power to create

If you are going to create NFTs, you should know that it takes an incredible amount of computing power to create and maintain. The power it takes to power thousands of computers to create NFTs is considerable and difficult to sustain. In the past few years, though, these powering issues have slowly been addressed and will become less of a problem in the near future.

In recent years, new concepts for marketing have been making waves in the online world. Some can appear to be quite off the track for the writing and publishing industry. But with proper research and experimentation, it is up to the writers and authors to make those new trends work to their advantage.

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NFTs for Indie Authors

  • November 1, 2021

NFT is a word flying around the indie author community right now. But what does it mean, why should we care, and what's happening right now? In today's post, the AskALLi team welcomes and thanks Joanna Penn, ALLi's Enterprise Advisor , and partner member Laurence O'Bryan from BooksGoSocial, along with Creatokia  and Bookvolts to discuss different approaches to what authors can do with NFTs. This is everything you need to know (for now) about NFTs for indie authors.

What is an NFT?

NFT stands for non-fungible token, which is a meaningless acronym for most people. And it's challenging to understand NFTs, because they take many forms and are traded in ways that are not widespread yet–using blockchain technology, in cryptocurrency, and are treated as assets, not retail items, by financial and government institutions.

NFTs for indie authors (and other publishers) are best understood as 1) a kind of special edition that includes some offshoot from your book, which is 2) traded as an asset, for cryptocurrency, 3) on a blockchain.

  • A special edition — you can include any digital content (text, image, video, audio) on any aspect of your book (character, setting, bonus content, courses, research leftovers etc etc) in your NFT
  • Traded as an asset — an NFT is not a retail digital item, sold once and that's that. Governments and financial institutions treat it as an asset, which means it can be re-sold, and is subject to capital gains tax (or will be, when the finance world gets on top of all things NFT!)
  • Traded on a blockchain —

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If you are interested in fully understanding NFTs, we highly recommend Joanna's take (“creativity, community and cash”), which you can find here .

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Joanna uses photographs from her research, together with lines from her books, to create her current line of NFTs.

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What is an ebook nft.

An ebook NFT is a digital token, a token for a digital original, which includes two things:

  • The content of the ebook, a book you can read and enjoy, including any extra files that come with it, such as a video guide to the book or an interview with the author. These can all be downloaded and enjoyed after you buy the NFT.
  • This is the part that is different from most other online content. Your ebook NFT includes a contract to allow you to resell the single copy of the ebook you purchased after you are finished reading and enjoying it.

That’s different, right?

Up to this point, we have mostly lived in a digital world where everything is rented or provided to us on a limited license.

Ebook NFTs change all that.

They give you the agreed (by the author) ownership of a single copy of the ebook and associated files. This does not give you the ownership of the copyright, just ownership of that single digital copy. As is the case when you buy a paperback or hardback special edition, you own that single book. You might even sell it later, and with NFTs you might even sell it in the future for more than you paid for it.

Limited ownership rights is a well-understood concept in the real world, which is finally reaching the digital world in the form of NFTs.

The contract, the key part of the NFT that allows you to prove you own it and then resell it, is stored on a blockchain, an online cloud service which distributes the contract code widely, in a way that it cannot be replicated, or lost.

NOTE: At BooksGoSocial we use the world’s largest blockchain service, details here . If you want to understand how that distributed system works technically, this video will explain it.

The AskALLi Team Asked Laurence Three Questions 

Q1. Are NFTs just another fad “thing”? Why should an indie author do one?

The market for NFTs is fluctuating with billions of dollars in transactions taking place, much of it for online art, so far. There are elements of the NFT culture driving up prices for digital art and driving amazing creativity, but the overall market for NFTs is still in its infancy. Other uses for NFTs include as a way to store contracts. I predict this use case will  become commonplace in markets such as the property market and in a variety of legal contracts . It's such practical benefits of NFTs that will ensure they go beyond any short-term ups and downs in the art market. The benefits for authors using NFTs include:
Higher revenue rates. Currently, Amazon and other platforms have a maximum 70% rate on commissions. Most trad publishers pay 25% royalties on net receipts for ebooks. BooksGoSocial offer 85% royalty rate to authors of  ebook NFTs.
Higher pricing. Amazon’s 70% royalty rate stops at $9.99. Above or below that it’s 35%. That Amazon limit is unchanged in 10 years despite compound inflation of 23%, and rising, since 2010.
Bundling Options. The ability to bundle extra digital files, such as video, graphics, audio files and text with a book. Instead of a race to the bottom with free and 99c ebooks everywhere, authors of ebook NFTs compete with their creativity.
Resale revenue. Authors can get a percentage every time their NFT is resold. This concept is common to most NFTs. Set at 10% for BooksGoSocial NFT ebooks, this ensures that the author gets a micro-payment when a Special Edition ebook NFT is resold. Authors should benefit when what they created is resold. This alone could transform author earnings this century.

Q2. How can Indies create an enticing NFT that will attract their fans?

The focus, if you are considering this route, must be on combining great text with great visuals. That means creating something exceptional. It’s a real creative challenge, but one which encourages us as publishing authors to embrace the visual appeal aspect of our books.

Q3: How much time and effort does it take? And how do you actually create one?

You can ZIP your files together into one file and use OpenSea or Mintable to create an NFT. You could also use the WAX blockchain as we do at BooksGoSocial because it is carbon neutral and has low-cost fees and has a great track record. There are also other options. You can do this on your own, but we recommend you combine together with others to create a community to make it easier to spread the word. The bigger the community the better its chances are. That’s what we’ve created at BooksGoSocial. See our first collection here . We will be expanding our community in the future as more great authors join us. The time involved and the effort needed depends on who will provide the key graphic/cover file and what extra content you want to add. This will depend on what your book is about. I imagine a poetry book might include recordings of the author reciting the poems and an historical novel might explain your sources. These files can be time-consuming to create. If they can also be used in the general promotion of a book all the better. BooksGoSocial can also create NFTs for you, but we run that option as a competition, which allows us to select the most likely to be successful ebooks to be turned into NFTs. Sign up for that here . No payment is required. We take 10% of the sales value for BooksGoSocial and 5% for PayPal and other fees. Please be aware, this is not the booming art market for NFTs. This is the early stages in the development of an ebooks NFT market. But it is real and it is happening. At BooksGoSocial we have been selling special edition ebook NFTs since May this year (2021.) We have some interesting data on what’s selling below, as well as some news on what’s coming in the world of NFTs.

So, here’s our:

Top 3 BooksGoSocial NFT Ebook Sales Chart (end 2021)

We are showing you these NFTs to spark your own ideas about what you might like to include if you were to mint NFTs yourself. For up to date details and to invest in Books Go Social NFTs, go here .

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What’s in this NFT?

  • The 4 ebooks comprising the Diamond Peak Series : Lethal Inheritance, Stalking Shadows, Demon’s Grip, Eternal Destiny
  • A never-before published section on the publishing story behind the story and the Tibetan Buddhist symbolism used in the story
  • The five different versions of the cover artwork used between 2012 and 2016
  • Original cover artwork created by the author for the first version of book one in the series, used for only 12 months. The model is the author’s daughter, who was sixteen at the time and is now twenty-seven and a skilled book cover artist whose talents far outweigh those of her mother

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  • The unabridged version of the worldwide best-selling ebook
  • The Lily Litvyak Photo Album which contains more than 50 vintage photographs
  • A high-quality story video , Dreams of Becoming Something
  • This Rare Collectible NFT Package is not available at online or retail book stores

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  • A brand-new animated cover
  • An eleven-minute video of the author ALEX BRECK talking candidly for the very first time about what drove him to write this, the first Ridge Walker adventure thriller of a series of 4 to date, back in 2012

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  • A complete three-ebook series in one ePub file
  • A final 7,500 word chapter not available anywhere else
  • A digital copy of an original watercolor painting of a gladiator helmet taken from a scene in book three
  • A one-minute and twenty-seven second personal video by the author explaining how he came to write this trilogy,  and showing some of his research materials

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  • Three ebooks delivered as one boxset file
  • Audiobook for the entire series – 19 hours of listening
  • Video Book Trailer for This Special Edition NFT
  • Author Interview Never Before Published
  • Inspirational Art Used in Writing the Books

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  • Dedicated and registered ISBN
  • New cover designed by Caitlin Lynagh from a canvas painting. An animated version is also included
  • An exclusive foreword explaining Caitlin’s decision to make the book an NFT
  • Link and lyrics to the song Who Am I? written by main character, Apollo, recorded by electro-pop act OUR EYES included at the relevant point in the book

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  • This set gives you the entire 300,000+ word three-book series so you can journey through the Land of the Blind from its intriguing genesis to its epic climax
  • An exclusive book cover of the protagonist's alter ego – the vigilante known as Red Shadow
  • An exclusive film adaptation mission statement sourced from the novel's creative treatment
  • The entire 536,019-word four-book series is included in one ePub file
  • A Dragon icon especially commissioned for the cover/interior
  • A digital original illustration of the Maze sacred site (Sacred Sites PDF). Not available anywhere else
  • A 35-minute audio file by the narrator of Arcana’s audiobooks containing an overview/excerpts
  • Author’s note PDF explaining how she came to write this series: the proverbial lightbulb moment!

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  • The entire 400k+ word collection is included as 5 eBooks
  • The audiobooks of Epic , Saga , and Eternal Voyager
  • A digital copy of the full, hardback, wraparound covers of Epic , Saga and Edda along with a copy of their eBook covers
  • A unique 23min recording of Conor Kostick talking about his gaming past and, for the first time ever, of how he conceives the Epic universe and where Eternal Voyager and The Dragon’s Revenge fit in to the Epic – Saga – Edda trilogy

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  • The Verannie Moss and the New Hideout NFT includes the eBook and a PDF of the paperback edition
  • The theme tune used on the Verannie Moss website
  • Never-before-seen signed original artwork by Illustrator Paul Fey

What Have We Learned While Selling These Ebook NFTs?

  • Packaging is critical. The visual aspect of an NFT is what provides a big part of the appeal. It also underpins the value of each NFT. Each of the above top selling NFTs features a unique visual identity. The highest NFT sales go to ebooks with truly engaging and interesting visuals.
  • Having a community helps. Each of the top selling NFTs was supported by a community on our site and from each of the contributing authors. There would have been few sales without the help of this community.
  • We are at the beginning of this journey. Sales have been picking up as the months go by as interest in and understanding of NFTs grows. The trajectory is encouraging.

So, What’s Next for NFTts?

The world of NFTs is evolving fast.

Twitter is planning a way to let people use the visual part of their NFTs as their profile pic. Read about that here . The new NFT profile pic will include a blue verification tag and could lead to a sales channel through Twitter as well as proof of how long you own an NFT and who you sold it to.

TikTok has launched an NFT collection. Details here .

Facebook is also on the verge of getting involved. More here .

All of this means NFTs are definitely not going away. The benefits for ebook buyers and authors, resale rights for single copies and traceable sales and ownership rights, are far too appealing.

At BooksGoSocial we are planning further NFT drops and an expansion into multiple NFT marketplaces in 2022.

Our journey is one of education and market development. This post , for instance, describes how readers will benefit from NFTs. There will be more educational developments too.

If you want to get involved and have ideas for NFTs in the book world email: [email protected]

Here’s some other ideas for book related NFTs:

  • An NFT invitation to a book launch, including the ebook, special imagery and a video from the author.
  • Your entire collection of files ZIPP’d and put on the blockchain as an NFT to preserve your legacy.
  • An embossed print edition included with a high value NFT.

What can you come up with for an NFT? Your imagination is the limit.

AskALLi Speaks to Creatokia and BookVolts about NFTs

After having worked as a Business Broker, an Online Marketeer as well as in Investor Relations, Eric Bartoletti founded his own consulting company with a focus on Start Ups and international expansion. Since August 2018 he's served as Head of Business Development for Bookwire, developing the future of digital publishing together with his team, currently focussing on audiobook production, direct-to-customer solutions and the NFT platform, “Creatokia”. Find out more about Creatokia on their website here: www.creatokia.com , contact Eric here:  [email protected]

Q1: Are NFTs just another fad “thing”? Why should an indie author do one?

NFTs allow authors to create completely new kinds of products in the digital sphere. What has been a special edition of a print book, maybe with different cover artworks, additional content and exclusive access to a private event, is now transferred to a fully digital environment. NFTs enable authors to sell limited editions to their biggest fans, promote special content to exclusive communities or link access to a private online space to their NFTs. NFTs are a great tool for authors to get closer contact and more interaction with their fans. It's also an opportunity to offer something unique to your fans and stay in full control of your content. And the best thing is: NFTs are tradable! This is revolutionary for digital goods and allows authors to not only make money with the initial sale of their content, but participate in every single trade and the increase in value in the future. The most successful NFT projects let the community be part of the evolution of a product, handing out voting rights with every NFT, giving the possibility to create something exclusive together, to the community as well as the author. It brings back independence, a close connection to fans and a new way of creating, distributing and working with content.

Q2: How can Indies create an enticing NFT that will attract their fans?

When they do their first drops, authors should think about their biggest fans. What would 5 to 10 people of their fan community be willing to pay a thousand bucks for? Is there additional content to my last successful book that has not been published, yet? Do I have behind-the-scenes material my fans could be interested in? Would I include a 30 minute 1:1 Zoom call? Besides that, artwork is one of the most important aspects in the NFT scene. Use the possibilities of digital and create some unique GIFs, for example. Make your package look outstanding and astonishing. Once you have that, start by selling a limited number of NFTs for a high price. Use your release to promote it among your fans. Tell them you are doing NFTs now and educate them on what that actually is and how it works. And if all 5 NFTs are sold, tell your fans next time you are going to sell more. This way you can build a long-term NFT strategy.
Once you know what kind of product you would like to sell, you have to find the right platform for you to actually create the corresponding NFT, link your assets (text files, audio files, artwork etc.) to it and make your drop (first release of an NFT). Things you should pay attention to are they way the platform presents your content (most of your fans most probably have no experience with NFTs, but they know how publishing products are presented online), if the platform has a good security and legal setup, and how user-friendly the platform is. You need to make it is easy for your fans to buy your NFTs, so they can enjoy your new releases, help you promote them and get excited about your next one. Our platform “Creatokia” is made by people from the publishing industry especially for authors, publishers and creatives in general. We paid a lot of attention to a smooth user-flow for sellers as well as buyers, making NFT publishing as easy as possible. If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch.

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Q1. Are NFTs just another fad “thing”?

Absolutely not. Whilst the art boom may make people think of NFTs as a fad, it’s the potential of the underlying technology that’s important. That technology being the blockchain. We are moving into a new digital age called “web3.0”. What this essentially means is that future digital products and applications will be built on the blockchain technology. This will have far reaching consequences and revolutionise many industries. It’s like the dotcom revolution of the 1990s that paved the way for the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. As we saw with the dotcom era – the importance of these technical innovations often become clear once the initial hype dies down. NFTs are essentially digital assets that are “stored” on the blockchain. It’s one of the first applications of how the blockchain can be used in a commercial way. NFTs have been hugely popular in the creative industries because at their core, they offer creators more control over the work they produce, and open up more possibilities for the creator to profit from the work they produce. Also, when NFTs are resold, the creator can receive royalties on any future sale (typically 5%-10%). This isn’t the case for physical creations, such as books, paintings or CDs. Until now, the majority of NFT projects have been in the art space, but this is changing fast. We have seen musicians benefit from blockchain technology, and the gaming, legal and property industries are investing heavily in blockchain and NFT projects. And, as we’ve seen with BookVolts, the technology now exists to publish books on the blockchain. This space is moving fast, and will continue to do so as bigger brands commit and bring more legitimacy to this space: Visa, Facebook and eBay to name a few. The possibilities of the blockchain will become clearer as the technology matures, and the creators who are early to this market will be the first to benefit.

Why should an indie author do one?

We’ve seen artists, musicians and celebrities benefit from NFT technology. Now that it’s possible to create an NFT book – why shouldn’t an author give it a go? The NFT book format is perfect for indie authors – a fundamental principle of NFTs is that it creates more proximity between the creator and the collector. Creators interact and sell directly with their fans, without the need for a middleman or gatekeeper. It will be more difficult (but not impossible) for publishing houses to adopt this model without giving up some element of control. An NFT book also creates an opportunity for authors to push the concept of “what is a digital book?” Authors can be creative and explore new media – for example, you can embed different types of content within an NFT book, from video interviews with the author, to interactive maps and even links to one-on-one zoom calls with the authors. We’ve also seen some of BookVolts’ first authors ask their fans directly what they would like to have included in NFT books and build this new format directly with their fans. Finally, what we’ve seen is that the first and the most creative projects to have been published on the blockchain generally tend to be the most valuable. We are convinced that creators who are early to this space and aren’t afraid to experiment on the blockchain will be the ones who benefit most in the long run.

Q2. How can Indies create an enticing NFT that will attract their fans

Honestly, our answer would be to work with your fans to define what they want from an NFT book. The NFT market is still in its infancy and there are no rules about what should and shouldn’t be done. You should be prepared to be creative, try new things, and view this as a new medium where you can experiment and give your fans something which they can’t get with “traditional” formats. We encourage authors to think of NFT books as “Digital First Editions”. Authors should remove the concept of an NFT from their mind and think of this as a limited digital release of your book. To give you a bit of insight into what we’ve seen so far with BookVolts – authors need to think about how an NFT book fits within the overall launch strategy of their book. BookVolts works on a case-by-case basis with authors to define what type of NFT book to create. For example, certain authors may want to publish just one NFT of their book – so that the NFT becomes a collectible item. This works well for previously released and well loved “classics”, and it won’t cannibalise existing paperback or ebook sales on other platforms. Or, to take a completely different view, we have had authors express an interest in creating an NFT-only publication of their work (meaning the book will never be published “physically” or sold on ebook platforms). In this case they create thousands of NFTs of their book, and only the NFT holder will ever be able to read their book. But of course, most authors will end up somewhere in between. They will create a limited amount of Digital First Editions (say 100 or 1000), to be sold at pre-release (typically 1 to 3 months before release of other formats) and packed with extra features such as maps, hidden chapters, author notes, character glossaries or even dictionaries of fantasy languages for the most creative. The final thing to mention is the book cover. We strongly encourage authors to collaborate with talented digital artists to create their covers. These covers don’t have to be static images – you can experiment with videos, 3-D designs and GIFs. The most successful projects won’t be NFT books that simply recycle the “traditional” book artwork. A large part of what we do at BookVolts is to develop collaborations between authors and crypto artists to create artwork that stands out in the NFT space.

Q3. How do you do one? How much time / effort does it take? What programs / resources are out there?

Until very recently it was almost impossible to publish a book on the blockchain. This is because there is a very big difference between an art NFT (which is usually bought to be “owned” and collected) and a book NFT (which is also bought to be “accessed” and read). Prior to our development, the technology did not exist that allowed only the NFT holder to access and read the book. This is where BookVolts comes in. We have developed a way for authors to publish their work on the blockchain and limit the access to that work – so only the NFT holders can access the content. The blockchain technology is advancing fast and the reader experience will evolve as the technology improves. Currently, NFT book content can be accessed through a web app, but we have a new ecosystem launching across various devices in early 2022. One of BookVolts’ primary aims is to help authors navigate the world of blockchain and NFTs, and this is why we work with authors on a case-by-case basis. We work individually with each author to define what strategy they should take for their NFT book launch, work with fans to suggest what extra content authors should include and introduce authors to crypto artists who work in the same genre. BookVolts also takes care of the entire minting process to publish the book on the blockchain and ensure the underlying file is secure. We would encourage any author with an interest to get in touch to discuss their personal project.

crypto currency needs to be delinked from nft’s. The art collectors don’t want to deal with the crypto. Crypto only benefits the big guys at the top- wake up !

Since we’re in the middle of a climate emergency and world leaders are currently at COP26 in Glasgow trying to find a way of reducing worldwide carbon emissions and saving our planet, would ALLi like to talk a little bit more about the staggering amounts of energy required to maintain cryptocurrencies and therefore NFTs?

I’m sure many authors would be horrified to learn about the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies. As the ethical organisation we know it to be, if ALLi is going to encourage its members to sell our work as NFTs then surely this is a discussion that needs to be had?

Here’s my starter to provide some background: https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/15/22328203/nft-cryptoart-ethereum-blockchain-climate-change

Thank you Mark, that is a super-important topic, yes, and we have discussed it (slightly) in our most recent podcast. And I agree we need to take an in-depth look, encourage carbon offsetting and other solutions and innovations, as experience shows that creativity can’t be back in the box once it’s broken out. Thank you also for the great link!

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As NFT technology becomes more mainstream it opens up endless opportunities for authors! In this post, we dive deep into the topic of NFT book publishing to explore what it is, the benefits of NFT publishing, and how you can get started today!

What is NFT Book Publishing?

NFT publishing is the latest breakthrough in book publishing , allowing authors to produce and sell single copies of their work to readers while retaining more control over copyright, ownership, and royalties . NFT technology allows authors to securely place a copy of their work onto the blockchain ledger and then distribute one-of-a-kind digital copies to their readers. It also opens up unique opportunities for authors to connect with their audience and grow their brand. 

Why NFT Book Publishing?

Full Ownership – Publish your work as an NFT and retain full ownership.

Proprietary Digital Assets – Create a unique, valuable, and tradable asset with your work.

New Technology – Get published in a medium that is growing in popularity every day!

Increased Royalties – Authors can get paid more with lower production costs and higher royalties!

Global Distribution – Books can be sold and traded anywhere in the world!

Where Can I Publish My Book as an NFT?

Elite Online Publishing offers NFT book publishing! We have partnered with BookVolts to ensure our clients have all the tools they need to publish their book as an NFT. Check out our latest NFT book release , or learn more about our publishing services .

NFT Book publishing is a cutting-edge way of getting your stories and works out into the world. It is unlike most digital forms of publishing, because it offers authors more control over their works’ digital distribution. So if you’re looking for a way to get your work out safely, securely and independently, then look no further than Elite Online Publishing!

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The Debrief

Publishing Books As NFTs Is Gaining Popularity and Authors Are Cashing In

Getting a book published is difficult. Earning money from it is Herculean. While technology has made the physical act of book publishing easier, it has not solved the problem of writers earning a living wage from book writing. However, a handful of writers are using the recent NFT boom to publish their books, and it may just pay off.

“Buying the NFT becomes almost like a membership badge or something for people who are big fans and want to actively support and contribute to the artist’s development,” digital artist and author Tim Boucher told  The Debrief.  “From the creator’s perspective, there are many advantages.”

Background: NFT Books?

NFTs  (non-fungible tokens) are specialized, encrypted digital tokens that can be verified as “authentic.” Any digital file, like an image, audio file, 3D rendering, or digital book, can be duplicated. However, when that digital file is “minted” as an NFT, that file becomes secured in a digital infrastructure called a “blockchain.” Even though copies can be made, the buyer of the NFT owns the original version of that file they purchased and can prove it.

The NFT market has experienced a surge in interest as cryptocurrencies, and several high-profile  individuals  have placed their digital art onto NFT marketplaces and  earned  large sums of money. In March,  The Debrief  reported  that a Canadian artist sold a “virtual home” for half a million dollars. 

While music and digital art have become a hot market in the NFT world, selling books, especially works of fiction, on these marketplaces has yet to happen in a big way.

Analysis: THe Rise of The Book NFT

“It’s so early in NFT books as a field that literally anything is possible. The key thing right now is for creators to learn, experiment, and find ways to improve on the process that works best for them,”  Boucher  stated. “If you have a small following, but your fans are extremely dedicated, this could still work. I think we’re in an age where small dedicated fan bases might even be better because they can better support a creator’s unique vision than in trying to please everyone.”

Based in Quebec, Boucher  published  his first novel in January of 2020. Like many self-published authors, sales were low. Even though his fantasy novel,  The Lost Direction , was reviewed  by one of Canada’s most prestigious literary magazines, it never took off. Recently, he jumped into the  NFT art scene  and has done quite well for himself. Now, he’s  “minting” his book as an NFT on the popular NFT marketplace, Rarible. Though modest, he is already seeing an increase in sales.

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“I don’t think conventional print/ebook publishing is going to go away, but it’s clear from upheavals in traditional publishing that many aspects of the old model are no longer workable anymore due to costs and changing behaviour patterns of buyers,” Boucher told  The Debrief.  “So I think even big established publishing houses (and big brands in general) are going to need to start experimenting here, and seeing what fits best for them.”

Boucher has started a  blog  to help other writers jump into the NFT book publishing world. The biggest hurdle, according to Boucher, is getting set up in the cryptocurrency world, which means purchasing a digital currency called Etherium, and taking the proverbial plunge into a weird new and risky digital market. Call him crazy, but Boucher is not a lone wolf.

Author  Emily Segal  took a different approach. According to  Fortune , Segal published her first novel,  Mercury Retrograde , in 2020 and began a small publishing house to sell her work. This year, she turned to the NFT world to fund her second book,  Burn Alpha . Using  Mirror , a crowdfunding NFT platform where members vote to decide which new writers can join their ranks, Segal  sold  70% of her next book (retaining 30% for herself), raising 25 Etherium (which at the time of publication is about $65,000 USD). This money is an investment for Segal to write the book, much like an advance. In exchange for the money, buyers get a copy of the book, and they receive the usual benefits like merchandise and limited edition copies.  The Debrief  reached out to Segal, but she did not respond to a request for comment.

“I think NFTs are part of the future. I think they are a huge part of the online world that includes video games, social media, remote conferencing, remote work, and more. I think NFTs will play a huge role for artists of all stripes,” author  Hugh Howey  told  The Debrief.  Howey, who has published over 25 books ranging from science fiction to travel literature, is personally considering jumping into this world himself. “I am working on two projects adjacent to the world of NFTs right now, and I’m looking at ways to release them in a fun and interesting way.”

Howey expressed some skepticism, however.

“I don’t see huge swaths of text as being the best source for NFTs, not when photos and fine arts can be made at a much quicker pace and have a more visual element (so more instantly digestible). Writing a novel is a huge investment in time. Reading one is as well,” he explained.

Outlook: Should Authors Publish Their Books as NFTs? Frankly, No One Knows… 

Currently, the NFT world is about collecting, and many NFT artists can pump out hundreds of digital art pieces in a small amount of time. Can books and novels also cash in on this bubble? Howey suggests that if there is a significant shift to NFT publishing, it’ll require some creative and unique thinking.

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“The folks who figure out how to do something unique and captivating in this space will make waves. I look forward to seeing what those enterprising authors come up with. I might even be a potential buyer,” he stated.

NFTs and cryptocurrencies are still a brave new world. However, as the user base of this technology continues to grow, some authors view it as a potential opportunity. 

“The NFT bubble has already ‘popped’ probably a number of times and will continue doing so. I think of it more like a bubble bath than a single bubble. It’s an extremely volatile market, but if you can keep your costs down as a creator, you may stand to benefit from it substantially [and] help to shape the technology in a direction that serves creators & everyone else,” Boucher concluded.

That being said, this last decade was supposed to see the rise of the ebook. Simply put, it was a  technological revolution  that never really happened as good old-fashioned paper books still dominate 80% of the market. One could argue that the NFT market is less about how one reads the book, which is where ebook readers failed, and more about owning the book itself. It seems that the real value to authors here, as Boucher points out, is that whoever owns a digital copy of your book can resell it. Since the author gets a royalty for every trade or re-trade of that sold copy, it could become lucrative. Or, it all just collapses under our collective digital feet.

There is no telling where any of this will go, and while some  consider  the NFT art world to be a joke, others view it as a revolution that will shape the future of economics , entertainment, and the written word. 

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Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram , to weigh in and share your thoughts. You can also get all the latest  news and exciting feature content from The Debrief on Flipboard , and Pinterest . And subscribe to The Debrief YouTube Channel to check out all of The Debrief’s exciting original shows: The Official Debrief Podcast with Michael Mataluni – DEBRIEFED: Digging Deeper with Cristina Gomez – Rebelliously Curious with Chrissy Newton

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What is Creatokia?

The next big step in digital publishing.

Books have a very long history. Even in ancient times, the book trade was fundamental to recording knowledge and making it accessible to people. At that time, however, books were not written on paper, but on burnt clay tablets, palm leaves or papyrus and parchment rolls. The book is one of the foundations on which our cultural identity is based . And even though the book is at a turning point in today's electronic age, we at Creatokia are convinced that it will continue to play its elemental role in human history . That's why we've created a platform that introduces the next big step in publishing: NFT Books.

A glance back in time

There were some major milestones that changed the world. When  letterpress printing was invented in 1450, the large-scale reproduction of knowledge became possible. This groundbreaking invention helped the world learn to read. In the late 18th century, the  stationary retail book trade developed and brought books into more and more households. Many other innovations of the 19th and 20th centuries led to books being printed  faster ,  automatically and more  beautifully .

The Digital Book

With the invention of the internet and e-book readers, came the next giant leap : from a printed single book to a complete library  - the size of a paperback - to go ! No matter what, no matter where - you have millions of books at your fingertips at all times. This step made books more accessible for readers across the globe.

However, this also had a big disadvantage: no flicking through, no great book cover designs to display on the shelf, and certainly no first editions to collect and get signed by the author. There is no " collectable" factor when every e-book exists on millions of e-book readers. However, people have always been, and continue to be, collectors.

The next era: NFT books

None of this is new. But now it's time for the next big leap: the invention of "digital originals" . Digital originals are unique digital copies, for example, first editions with visually captivating book covers.

A Digital Original can be transformed into a NFT Book which only one person can call their own. This is made possible by a technological innovation: the blockchain. Specifically, thanks to NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens), which are stored on a digital ledger recording transactions, called the “blockchain”. The most commonly used blockchain for NFTs (as of October 2021) is Ethereum

To explain it as simply as possible: blockchain technology makes it possible to clearly identify who is the owner of a digital file. This identification cannot be copied and is not forgeable . Furthermore, the transfer of an NFT takes place directly from person to person without the need for a third party, such as a bank, to confirm it. An NFT can also give its owner access to exclusive unlockable and downloadable content such as: images, audio files or ebooks.

For the first time in human history, we can not only clearly identify digital property , but also buy, trade and transfer it in seconds ! We truly believe that this is the next stage of the internet. In the beginning there was the "internet of information". With the increasing popularity of social media platforms came the "internet of communication". Now comes the third stage: the " internet of value ".

The NFT Book

It is easiest to understand the ownership of a " NFT Book " through an example. When you send a photo via email, a copy of the picture is sent. You still possess the original file, but at the same time the photo also reaches the recipient. In this way, there can be a huge number of duplicates without anyone knowing how many copies exist or which is the original file.

With the new blockchain technology and Non-Fungible Tokens, one can clearly trace who owns, for example, a digital work of art or the first edition of a book . One can still save the image of the NFT as a JPG via a right-click and have access to it, but it would be like taking a photo of the Mona Lisa painting. Having this picture does not mean that you own the original Mona Lisa, just a copy or a representation. With NFTs, now one always knows who the owner of a work is - The Digital Original is created.

Benefits & Types of NFTs

What can you do with a Non Fungible Token? Every NFT can be bought, owned and sold again . This makes it possible to collect special works , but also to trade these digital originals among private individuals. There are platforms similar to eBay on which you can offer your NFTs for sale.

What forms can a Non Fungible Token take? Current NFTs that already exist are mainly digital (audio-)visual art, sports cards and games, or avatars, properties and items in those games. As of today, there is no dedicated platform for NFT books and literature  - which is exactly why we decided to create Creatokia.

What is Creatokia? What are NFT books?

Creatokia is a platform that makes it possible to buy Digital Originals (e-books, audiobooks) and to mint, trade and collect NFT books .  Authors will have the opportunity to publish their works and receive a direct share of the sales revenue.  Publishers will be able to publish books as special limited editions, in addition to publishing them on the usual e-book and audiobook platforms. The difference is that our Digital Originals are limited or even unique. And last but not least,  readers will be able to collect works by their favourite authors and profit from exclusive benefits.

E-book or audiobook files, as well as any respective cover art, will be available for download after the purchase of the Digital Original . For selected books, there will also be a one-time opportunity to order a physical book for your own book collection!

The next era of the internet has arrived - will you be a part of it? Register now at Creatokia. In our marketplace you will find various Digital Originals and NFT Books that you can buy, collect and sell. Dive into the world of NFT books - become part of Creatokia!

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The pursuit of sustainable manufacturing for organic solar cells (OSCs) has prompted the exploration of environmentally friendly, non-halogenated solvents. However, contemporary OSCs processed with these solvents often require the inclusion of toxic halogenated additives to optimize photovoltaic performance. In this study, we devised a processing method that incorporates not only a non-halogenated solvent but also a non-halogenated additive. The introduction of the eco-friendly menthol (MT) effectively mitigates detrimental disordered aggregation during film formation by leveraging its strong polarity to enhance acceptor crystallization, thereby optimizing the donor-acceptor morphology. These advancements ultimately lead to more efficient exciton dissociation and charge carrier transport, resulting in the realization of large-area organic photovoltaic modules (19.31 cm2) with a notable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.74%. To the best of our knowledge, this PCE represents the highest reported value for large-area modules processed with non-halogenated solvents and is comparable to state-of-the-art organic photovoltaic modules processed with conventional halogenated solvents. This research underscores the significant potential of fully non-halogenated processing in achieving sustainable manufacturing for high-performance OSCs.

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