In a pilot program with Bookwire’s Creatokia, the Börsenverein offers NFTs related to the German Nonfiction Prize.
‘Literature and the ‘Metaverse’ Belong Together’
As you may recall, Germany’s Bookwire on March 29 introduced its new Creatokia platform to many in a program called “All About Blockchain.” Creatokia is the company’s new marketplace for non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.
And on May 16, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Germany’s publishers and booksellers association, has announced that the German Nonfiction Prize has entered a pilot program with Creatokia to offer the previous year’s winner and four nominated titles as NFTs, beginning May 23.
“On May 30,” news messaging from the Börsenverein says, “this year’s award will be presented not only at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace) but also in virtual space.
“The digital certificate for the best nonfiction book of the year will be inscribed on a blockchain.
“Together with Creatokia … the German NonFiction Prize is allowing publishers to try out the technology around non-fungible tokens. To start, four of the nonfiction books nominated for this year’s award, as well as the winning title from 2021″—Hegel’s World (Rowohlt, August 17, 2020)—”already exist in special digital editions as NFTs now.”
In a prepared statement, Bookwire and Creatokia’s co-founding managing director John Ruhrmann is quoted, saying, “At Creatokia, we’re betting on the idea that literature and the ‘metaverse’ belong together. Or, put another way, in reality, literature is already a metaverse in its own right.
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