The German Non-Fiction Prize is entering the metaverse. On 30 May 2022, this year’s award will be presented not only at the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace but also in virtual space. The digital certificate for the best non-fiction book of the year will be inscribed on a blockchain. Together with Creatokia, the book industry’s NFT platform, the German Non-Fiction Prize is allowing publishers to try out the technology around non-fungible tokens. To start, four of the non-fiction books nominated for this year’s award, as well as the winning title from 2021, “Hegels Welt” (“Hegel’s World”), already exist in special digital editions as NFTs now. They will go on sale from 23 May 2022.
Interested readers can already review the special editions in a digital showroom now and, from 23 May, can acquire the NFTs through a microsite using tokens or euros. From that date, for a period of one week, until shortly before the announcement of the best non-fiction book of the year on 30 May, ten limited special Non-Fiction Book Prize editions of each of these titles will be available for purchase.
These digital originals include the e-book of the title with adapted cover, digital signature and jury statement, as well as at least one other item of digital content chosen by the publisher. From among all purchasers of these NFTs, the German Non-Fiction Prize will draw a name to receive an invitation for two to the award ceremony in 2023.
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