Journey to Diamond Peak, the limited-edition, digital collector’s item NFT ebook of the complete ‘Diamond Peak Series’, is available for purchase now on the BooksGoSocial NFT marketplace for NFT ebooks which opens today. Only 25 copies of my NFT will be sold. It’s among the first NFT special-edition books in the world. As an NFT, it marks a moment in digital art history and can be sold later for a profit. The data package for Journey to Diamond Peak includes the personal story behind the story and an explanation of the #Buddhist symbolism of this #visionaryfiction #contemporaryfantasy tale.
This additional, never-before-published section is quite personal, which is why it will never be available in any other format and is in a limited release package. It and the section on symbolism will be of most interest to those who’ve read my book Fallout: Recovering from Abuse in Tibetan Buddhism. Other than that, this series marked the beginning of my journey (and my daughter Rose’s journey) into publishing.
NFT’s are priced high because they’re a commodity designed to be bought and sold. So this is an ebook you could make money on if you wish to resell it.
In March, South Carolina-based graphic designer Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, sold an NFT for a record $69 million at a Christie’s auction. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, sold his first tweet as an NFT for $2.9 million later that month.Ryan Browne CBNC.com June 15 2021
That kind of money makes my pricing look pretty tame, even though it’s the most expensive NFT on the page. Why? Because this is personal stuff I’m offering here, and I want to raise enough money to write another book in the Prunella Smith Series – Worlds Within Worlds, The Locksmith’s Secret are the present 2 in the series. The plan is to write a third book called Alternative Worlds, a fictional exploration of what happens when people’s beliefs don’t match reality, with themes of conspirituality and religious beliefs that enable clerical abuse. It will, of course, be based firmly on reality. Assuming I ever write it! And that will depend on whether 25 people buy the NFT Journey to Diamond Peak.
What’s an NFT?
According to Wikipedia, “a non-fungible token is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files.”
Got that? Right. Of course you have. Put simply, they’re digital collectables. My NFT is a collectable for those who support me and my journey as an author, artist, publisher and Buddhist contemplative. I have an interesting history, and the three books that make up the Journey to Diamond Peak are a big part of it.
The first NFT ebook marketplace
BooksGoSocial opens their NFT marketplace today with an initial drop of fourteen special edition NFT ebooks across multiple genres and from a diversity of authors around the world.
Each NFT ebook is minted as a limited edition of up to 100 at a fixed price for buyers. The marketplace provides an opportunity to buy and resell ebooks as collectibles that recognize the value of the work and provide the freedom to resell while still giving the author a continuous payback for their creation. These attributes of NFT ebooks, the right to resell and a percentage of the resell price (10%) going back to the author are what makes NFT ebooks very different to buying and selling ebooks in the usual way.
Each ebook on the marketplace is verified as containing original work, copyright of the author, and the NFT token is a receipt for ownership of one special edition. Many include extra files as bonus items to be owned by the collector.
Each ebook is delivered in a secure way and is available to be consumed via an Internet cloud reader or through an easily downloadable app that opens an ebook and/or audiobook on all devices from desktops to laptops, tablets, and phones.
Some of the NFTs include more than one ebook. A few also include an accompanying audiobook, video trailer, author interview, special artwork relating to the book, and much more. The variety of books range from nonfiction to fiction in many genres. Audiences include both adults and children, and one is Lit/RPG for gamers.
You don’t need crypto currency to buy these NFT ebooks
The BooksGoSocial marketplace is unique in that they have created a platform that alleviates the three most difficult problems for NFT books to be widely available and accessible to the average book reader.
First, they’ve removed the requirement to deal with cryptocurrency to purchase an NFT by allowing consumers to use PayPal or Stripe, both well-known and trusted entities to pay for the NFT in the currency of their choice.
Second, they have established a seven-day refund policy to mitigate reader hesitancy for trying a new way of purchasing ebooks or for trying an author unknown to them. If the purchaser finds the ability to download and unzip the files is too difficult or decides the NFT is not to their liking, they can request a refund and gift the NFT back to the BGS marketplace for resell. By allowing PayPal payments this refund policy is guaranteed to work.
Finally, BooksGoSocial provides a book marketplace website that allows consumers to easily navigate to multiple NFT books, learn about each story and what is included in the NFT. In addition, BGS also offers free site membership after a single NFT purchase. Benefits include easily viewing and managing the purchased collectibles, earning collector points for future purchases, ongoing technical support if needed, being informed of new book drops, and the ability to interact and learn more about the authors and other related creators.
These NFT ebooks are energy efficient carbon neutral
On the backend, they have partnered with the WAX (Worldwide Asset eXchange) blockchain for minting super low energy consumption NFTs.
They chose WAX for three reasons: 1) Purchasers can create a wallet without having to buy WAX crypto; 2) There is no “gas” charge to purchasers or sellers allowing low cost accessible NFTs to be created; and 3) WAX continuously strives to be a green blockchain. “According to ClimateCare.org, WAX has already offset 211 tonnes of CO2 (and counting) as of May 21, and energy consumption on the blockchain remains extraordinarily low at 0.000223 terawatts per year — officially making it the only carbon neutral NFT blockchain on the market.” June 8, 2021 WAX press release. This addresses the most common criticism of anything blockchain related.
True digital ownership for consumers to acquire unique content
This first drop of fourteen books will allow readers to consume and own the first special edition BooksGoSocial NFTs. Future NFT ebook drops are planned for 2021.
As BGS owner, Laurence O’Bryan, says:
“We have invested in this blockchain technology to meet the needs of book consumers and authors. Digital books have already proven their staying power over more than a decade. We now want to provide true digital ownership for consumers to acquire unique content and collectible limited editions with the freedom to resell what they own. This unique benefit to readers is enabled by blockchain technology with our risk free environment.
At the same time we are ensuring that authors continue to get paid for their work with each resell, that they have the freedom to set their own ebook prices and to bundle extra digital files to deliver real value to consumers and have a better chance to make a living as an author.”
To learn more about BooksGoSocial and see the NFT ebooks in this first unique drop, go to: https://booksgosocial.com/nfts/
If you’d like to support me in my writing endeavours, purchase a Journey to Diamond Peak NFT today.