This SPA received 4 stars with 83 ratings on Amazon Books, most likely through his friends and family or a paid service. 110 pages. That should have been a dead giveaway. In my experience, books under 200 pages from Self Published Authors are garbage, worth nothing more than firewood.
Full Title: The NFT Handbook: The 2022 Crash Course on How to Create, Sell and Buy Non-Fungible Tokens with Every Secret Revealed Paperback – January 4, 2022
Author: Nathan Real
“2022 Crash Course” on how to create and sell NFTs. It would best be describe as a 110 page, head on collision, train wreck of a derailment. Scatological with increasing intensity and redundancy. Obfuscated with laymen terms and repetitive noise. Short, yet not concise or informative.
How to create NFTS? In chapter 5.5 Nathan Real directs you to OpenSea, Rarible, Mintable and tells you to review their own tutorials on how to create and sell your NFT (NFT Handbook, pg. 49)
Redundant and reworded, it lacks depth and insight. Littered with grammatical errors at every turn. Did I mention redundant, lacking depth and insight? How many times are you going to state the difference between fungible and non-fungible tokens? It reminds me of that 2007 movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” where Rob Schneider plays the Asian Minister “It’s like a circle.”
What happened to concise writing? The book would fill 5-10 pages. Maybe… Not much useful information worth noting. Grammatically it’s not the worst self publisher on Amazon, but it’s bad. You could say it’s write down awful. I felt physical pain behind my eye sockets trying to comprehend what this person meant to say, because the English is grammatically poor and riddled with errors. Chapter eight is supposed to be about Real Estate. The title: Real States.
Thanks Bezos. Your company opened Pandora’s Box for worse than bad literature (get it?). There is a dire need for quality control on Amazon Books. You could start with the books that are still formatted like book reports written for word documents (double spaced and designer fonts). Or the ones that are spammed with website links. Or the ones that have a variety of formats, or inconsistencies, or no format whatsoever. Jeff, buddy, you created an epidemic of $14.95 paperbacks printed from the garbage of $0.99 pdfs. This isn’t the first or last time I’ll be duped through the book site you left Wall Street to create. You stand their and smile big and proud for the Forbes article that pronounces your current net worth to be $151.9 Billion (with a B). I wonder how much came from trash writings sold through Amazon? You left the dumbing down of society’s paperbacks to your successors to deal with before you took your final tap danced out the office. Ever seen the movie Idiocracy?
My favorite prose passage from the book? Top of page 25:
“-quicker than even the most starry-eyed, the to-the-moon crypto bull cold have dreamt.” [sic]
All I can say is wow! Are you kidding me? This is why we need book publishers. They provide copywriters to ensure a line like this never gets to print. Better yet, an author like this never gets published. Or how about this beauty from page 15:
“– just as there was no reason to believe that a bit of paper with a photograph of Honus Wagner on it would ever really be worth more than the cardstock it was published on in 1909 would ever be good enough to justify more than the cardstock it was published on in 1909. However, many musicians…” [sic]
You really put your heart and soul into this one Nathan Real. I can only imagine the gems of wisdom in your investing books. Chapter 4.7 talks about NFT security. It’s ABSOLUTELY wrong and misleading. The whole security section is four small and meaningless sentences. It begins with:
“When it concerns NFTs, you can be confident that your information is safe.” (pg. 41)
Read the first paragraph on NFT.Storage. Particularly the part that says: “… to ensure the NFT forever actually refers to the intended data.”
What most people don’t know about NFT’s is that the content can literally be swapped. Imagine buying a beautifully expensive NFT, some digital artwork masterpiece, only to one day be horrified to find it in your wallet replaced with a poop emoji.
I feel sorry for the wayward souls who jump from the Golden Gate Bridge after taking Nathan Real’s investment advice. I’m currently -20% on 50 shares of Lyft in less then one month. I don’t even trust my own investment advice. But it’s cool, It’s not like it’s my life savings or anything. (It is.) Now would be a good time to cost average. I could really use that $14.95 I gave to Nathan right about now. Hopefully the warning is loud and clear so others don’t waste $15 on 110 pages of paper to recycle.
The book, (if that’s what we are calling it) continues to reference OpenSea.io as the platform to conduct our NFT business. For the marketing section Nathan tells us to use our social networks and OpenSea.io (where we are doing everything NFT related thus far) to market our NFT treasures to the masses. Here’s a gem of marketing advice from the bottom of page 56:
“Make Your Work More Visible. It’s pointless to work on the next NFT masterwork and keep it a secret from the rest of the world.” [sic]
Keep in mind that the title of his “masterwork” is How to Create, Sell and Buy Non-Fungible Tokens with Every Secret Revealed. The first lie of this handbook is on the first sentence of the cover. The second lie is on the bottom of the cover: NATHAN REAL.
Nathan here, is anything but real. For someone that repeatedly tells us to market ourselves on social media, I find it odd that he, himself does not have a social following or presence with over 10 books published. A quick search provides links to amazon and audible, and just incase this account changes later, I request that everyone note this blunder that could only come from someone foreign to America’s geography. Nobody born at either of these two places would make this mistake on the first sentence of their author information:
“Nathan Real was born in Seattle, Washington D.C., in 1984.”
So which is it Nathan? Were you born in Washington, or D.C? The difference is subtle to a foreigner. The style of his writing, lack of depth, insight, conciseness, verbiage and content lead me to believe this guy is from India and English is his 2nd or 3rd language. The first 15 pages are edited, but the remaining pages become evermore frustrating to read through.
Here is a strange quote from page 26 that draws an immediate red flag for an intellectual book on investments and digital assets:
‘He said that at first, doubters “poo-pooed” this study, but then Axie entered the picture.’ [sic]
Who says poo-pooed? An even worse, who quotes “poo-pooed” as a reference in a professional book?
I would say that the section on NFT Marketplaces was the most useful of the entire 110 page handbook. It covers a whopping 6 pages. It lists 9 marketplaces without any addresses and includes something called a Myth Market ? GPK Market, Heroes Market, Shatner Market, all of which are not marketplaces with any legitimate website. There is not a single website mentioned in the entire marketplace section, which leaves me to question why this guy couldn’t even take one hour of time to research the sites and provide a formatted domain list like this:
- Open Sea
- Super Rare
- Game Stop
- Nifty Gateway
- Known Origin
- Block Party
- Super World
- Cargo (acquired)
How about References, Works Cited, Acknowledgements? What kind of scammer has time to create those? Besides, I already bought the book. Not a single credible reference, just a page telling me to download Nathan Real’s App by scanning a QR code so he can further monetize on the $14.97 I just wasted for this garbage.
I have a feeling this Do Not Read List will grow as long as a fresh roll of toilet paper, only more useful. Hopefully some kind of quality control standard will be implemented to void these schemes and scammers from continuing to profit from books on sites as reputable as Amazon. However, it’s a conflict of interest for Amazon to deny their own self publishers the opportunity to pay for listings and advertising, so I don’t see the issue resolving through Amazon anytime in the near future. If quality control was placed on the issuing of actual ISBN numbers, this could be a solution for the publishing industry as a whole, and provide some much needed closure for book readers like myself who are fed up with all this nonsensical rubbish masquerading as authority content through print.