'How to mint an ebook NFT', by Ultan Banan. Ruminations on the technological.

How to mint an ebook NFT

First of all, you need Metamask. If you don’t know what it is, hop on the information ladder and start climbing. If you’re on Chrome, you might make use of the Harmony wallet, but I’m a Firefox user and it’s not available yet with Mozilla. Next, you need some ONE. Took me a while to figure this out, and I’m sure there are easier ways to do it, but I’ll tell you how I did it. Before you purchase the token, you need to set up a ‘Custom RPC’ in your wallet here:

NFTs for authors and writers

Follow the instructions on the Harmony Metamask how-to to fill in the required network details. Once that’s done, you need coin. I did it by transferring BNB into Metamask, converting BNB to bscBNB on the Harmony bridge, then swapping it for ONE on Mochiswap.

I’m not gonna go into the mechanics of all of the above. If you’re just getting started in crypto, I think it’s important you go out and learn it all yourself. Besides, I don’t want to post instructions here and then be the one responsible for you losing a couple of hundred euros or dollars of your hard-earned money to the ether when you try to make a transfer using my ramshackle instructions. So from here on, I’m gonna assume you have a wallet installed in your browser and you’ve been able to get the crypto in.

At this point, take a breath and have a cup of tea.

Now, you’re gonna go to daVinci Gallery. You need to hook up your wallet, and they’ll give you the choice of linking with Metamask or Harmony. I’m still with Metamask. Since you’re already set up on the Harmony network, you just hit ‘Connect’ and you’ll be prompted to link daVinci to your wallet (make sure you’re on the Harmony mainnet network in Metamask and not the Ethereum Mainnet).

Now, you’re ready to start creating. Hit ‘Create’, and it’s all signposted from there. As I mentioned, transaction fees on the Harmony network are peanuts, so it’s gonna cost only your time to set up this whole process. It’s new. It’s exciting. I’m not making any money yet, but if we all work to make books a thing on the blockchain, then maybe someday soon we will.

I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the smartphone revolution. With crypto and NFTs, I’m leaping in with two feet.

If you want to see how books look on the blockchain, you can see mine here.

(Update: read about my experiences with NFTs and ebooks here.)

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 ‘How to mint an ebook NFT’, by Ultan Banan. Please note: flash fiction, nonfiction and all other content is the sole work of Black Tarn. Ask before republishing.

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