The rare book world is an intense maker space. Old books are being conserved and re-bound in order to keep the material from decaying beyond recognition, to preserve the book's reading ability. New books are bound with the intention to last 500 years, minimum. I am a bookbinder and I live by this premise.
Incredibly, the provenance for new bound books is rarely documented and if documented at all, it's most often on paper, frequently written in pencil on the flyleaf when the book is sold.
My objective is to create a dApp specifically for the book world, for the bookbinders who care for the world of books as fine art. Why are books so successful as fine art? It's a simple equation: you can have loads of them and they never go out of fashion. Libraries are the quiet hero for knowledge keepers. Think Alexandria…think Sotheby's. Books meant to last are created by human hands. The ability to keep a permanent record via the blockchain about books created today will have far-reaching implications. Ask Gutenberg? I wish I could have asked more questions.
As a bookbinder, and member in good standing with the Guild of Bookworkers, I am connected to a small niche of makers who create the books meant to last, to carry our art and thoughts into the future. Most of the time, we don't create the content, rather we bind it in a secure form: a book. My pitch is for a dApp that is not financially-driven, but meant to be an easy and inexpensive means for these makers to ensure future discovery with accurate and secure metadata secured on the blockchain.