German Nonfiction Book Award in NFT . Digital Editions

WKids get new books and immediately ask if they have pictures, and this doesn’t have to be the start of my soul’s desertification. The succession of letters, words, and sentences is simply more beautiful when accompanied by the juxtaposition of shapes, patterns, and people. If adults are more interested in the first signed edition of “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming (about forty thousand euros) than in the Kindle edition (less than three euros), this also shows a desire for aesthetic appreciation.

The German Book Trade Association also knows this. Head of Marketing and Cultural Projects, Anne-Mate Nowak, says factual books should “contribute to a better understanding of the time we live in”. This goal can be achieved particularly well with digital swings (our formula, not their words): on May 30, the German non-fiction prize, awarded 42,500 euros, will be presented for the second time.

Not only in the Berlin Palace, but also in the virtual space. The non-fiction book of the year digital certificate is also engraved on the blockchain, a guarantee of excellence (Benjamin! Aura!). Together with Creatokia, the NFT book-making platform, publishers will have the opportunity to “test the technology around non-fungible tokens” and, one might add, explore how profitable the thing is.

The differences are hardly significant in the metaverse

Before the ceremony, interested parties can purchase special limited editions of selected titles. This includes the eBook with a cover, digital signature, and jury statement, as well as at least one additional digital content. Oh my God, you might be thinking, jury statement attached, that’s exactly what you want to read over and over again. And what could be the additional content of Samira Al-Wasils and Friedman Carriage’s candidate book “Narrative Monkeys”? Family tree illustrations (Pan, Gorilla, Homo…)? Five pages of narration for dummies? Can readers of Stefan Kreuzberger’s article “The German-Russian Century” look forward to the biography and list of publications by Gerhard Schroeder? Or, especially in these times, digital white space for notes?

John Rohrman, CEO of Creatokia, says he’s betting “literature and metaverse go together.” It remains to be seen if this also applies to non-fiction books. ‘The Great Sleep’, ‘The Sleepwalkers’, ‘In Search of Lost Time’ or ‘A Short History of Time’ – Do metaverse differences still matter? By the way, “time” is a good keyword, because ephemeral is often enough – for example in the case of special editions on high-quality paper – a prerequisite for beauty. So when it is stated on Creatokia’s homepage that writing to the blockchain “will keep the German non-fiction prize forever,” it sounds like the opposite of an aesthetic promise.

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