Did you know that J.P. Morgan releases a summer reading list every year? (I didn’t, and I’m the person who does these.) Last week, the bank (??) announced its 23rd annual (??) summer reading list, which “invit[es] readers worldwide to explore the adventures, discoveries and new ideas that connect us,” and explores “new frontiers of art, self-reflection, climate and currency.” Um, ok!
For the first time this year, the books on the list—chosen for “timeliness, quality and global appeal to the firm’s global client base”—will be available in, you guessed it, the metaverse. They’ll be housed in a “curated library exhibit” in the “Onyx by J.P. Morgan lounge” in “Decentraland.” According to J.P. Morgan, “Visitors can create an avatar, learn about the books and view exclusive interviews with select authors, with a scholarly owl perched nearby ready to celebrate correctly answered trivia questions about the books.” A scholarly owl, folks. This is the future international financial services companies want!
Here’s the full list of books, which includes Taschen’s Greek Myths and, of course, Marc Beckman’s The Comprehensive Guide to NFTs, Digital Artwork, Blockchain Technology .