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May 20, 2014, 12:13:12 PM
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Hey All, I'm mostly done building a new reading/writing platform (http://BitByBitBooks.com) that will allow users to write stories online, sell them for bitcoin, and host different events.  It is a bitcoin only market place.  In fact all author royalties will be paid in bitcoin as well.  I have a few more finishing touches to put in place and some features that I'd like to add, but I am at a point where I need both readers and authors to test the site for me.  Some books are free so being a test reader won't cost you anything, well the whole site is free so none of this will cost you anything.

I am hoping that some of you who have a story you'd like to write would be willing to write it on Bit By Bit Books.  Also I'm hoping that you would find a book that you like and give it a read, at least a chapter or two so you can tell me your thoughts about the flow of reading online and downloading.

Anyway, I've worked hard on the site and am really excited, so if you have a minute or two please check it out and let me know your questions and comments.  Thanks in advance for your help! 
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Hey All, I'm mostly done building a new reading/writing platform (http://BitByBitBooks.com) that will allow users to write stories online, sell them for bitcoin, and host different events.  It is a bitcoin only market place.  In fact all author royalties will be paid in bitcoin as well.  I have a few more finishing touches to put in place and some features that I'd like to add, but I am at a point where I need both readers and authors to test the site for me.  Some books are free so being a test reader won't cost you anything, well the whole site is free so none of this will cost you anything.

I am hoping that some of you who have a story you'd like to write would be willing to write it on Bit By Bit Books.  Also I'm hoping that you would find a book that you like and give it a read, at least a chapter or two so you can tell me your thoughts about the flow of reading online and downloading.

Anyway, I've worked hard on the site and am really excited, so if you have a minute or two please check it out and let me know your questions and comments.  Thanks in advance for your help! 

The basic problem from what I understand about this business model is, it is highly unlikely that people will pay for something reading on the internet. Rather, if u can tweak it to be supported by ads, probably it'll attract more people... IMO

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Thanks for checking out the site.  All chapters and books can be downloaded so you can read the books offline.  Thanks for the tip about incorporating ads.
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Hi. Just had a look at the site. I like the design. Is any form of copy protection or DRM involved? I think it might shy away writers if a person that buys the book can then easily redistribute it through the known channels (torrent, emule). A possible way including Bitcoin but enforcing the site to become dependant on a client-side app would be to encrypt a bought book using the customers bitcoin address and using an app (that basically holds the wallet with the address and priv-key) for decrypting and reading.

Also have you considered adding support for interactive fiction to the site? Have a look at http://storyexplorer.co.uk/ or writer.inklestudios.com for examples of what I talk about.

Other than that kudos for the idea itself. Hope it works out for you.


Edit: Ok I just registered and in the upper left is a link that says "please connect your coinbase account". Does that mean it only works if I have coinbase, which I don't? You should reconsider that and either use bitpay or create the backend for the site to handle the payments yourself. Tying your site to a single exchange/wallet provider as the only payment option seems like a bad idea to me.

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