Is it possible to have rare and collectible books in the age of Kindle and eBooks?
eBooks have come to dominate the book market and fewer hard cover books are being sold. A secondary effect is that book collecting has decreased. There are no first editions of eBooks.
A possible solution is to use block chain technology (like BitCoin) to create signed limited edition eBooks. A new digital collectible. Publishers could sell them as a pre-release higher priced edition.
Whether there would be a secondary market is an open question.But it is possible to try for not a lot of money. All it would take is a name author, a risk taking publisher and an entrepreneur.