23 de fevereiro de 2014

Leituras Digitais (9 a 22 de Fevereiro)

Rubrica quinzenal de notícias e artigos relacionados com a edição de livros digitais.

Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, chairs a discussion with Michael Schudson, professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Nicholas Lemann, professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, and Michael Massing, contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review.
Based on the figures included in the patent application, it looks to me like Google is trying to patent the widest possible variety of  screen configurations, not just a single device. It’s not clear to me what Google is working towards, but it does seem likely that most of the designs Google is trying to patent have already been tried on the gadget market and found wanting.
Os dados relativos ao mercado português continuam a apontar para uma tendência de crescimento da utilização de dispositivos móveis, nomeadamente o uso de tablets, que terá quase duplicado nos últimos seis meses.

Amazon is notorious for a lack of transparency when it comes to e-book sales, leaving many to do their own guessing about what exactly goes on inside the black box.  While some authors have tried to pry their way in by releasing their own numbers, it’s never been enough to really put together a sense of how big the market is, genre share, etc.Until now. And while Amazon hasn’t handed out the keys to the box, someone’s essentially jimmied their way in.  Hugh Howey, author of the best-selling indie published Wool, found a way to crawl Amazon’s bestseller lists and determine the breakdown of share across publisher type, genre and format for roughly 7000 total books.
A Marvel Comics, editora proprietária do Homem-.Aranha, X-Men ou Vingadores, entre muitos outros super-heróis, anunciou o lançamento de um aplicativo com versões digitais das suas revistas de banda desenhada em 12 línguas, incluindo o português.
"Ebooks have changed everything and the traditional publishing establishment is not quite keeping up," Brenna Aubrey answered when I asked her about some of the negative responses to her decision from traditionally-published authors. "I also think that in some ways authors who have been chasing their own dream deals take my rejection of the dream deal as a rejection of their core values and aspirations."
Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?
Rakuten bought Kobo in late 2011, and while they’ve always been somewhat cagey about financial details they have in the past shared a few nuggets of info. For example, in their 2012 annual report Rakuten told us that Kobo revenues were up 143%, and that at the end of 2012 Kobo had 12 million users.On Friday Rakuten revealed that Kobo’s Q4 content revenues were up 44% over 2012.  They also shared that Kobo now has 18 million users.  This we already knew from the news a couple weeks ago about longtime Rakuten exec Takahito Aiki taking over as CEO of Kobo, but it is good to have confirmation that the stat is current.
Worldwide, digital reading is accelerating, even though 4% of readers actually do it exclusively. Ebooks made up 17% of sales at Harper Collins unit over the holidays, up from 14% last year and nothing five years ago. Ebooks hit 33% of sales at the Hachette Book Group and 23% at Simon and Schuster.Worldwide, more people are reading eBooks, but they are still buying books at their local bookstore or second hand shop. Bookstores over their lifetime have basically had a monopoly on sales, but the industry has been disrupted by companies like Amazon, Kobo and Sony. This is prompting bookstores to free up bookshelves with lifestyle items, such as pillows, wine glasses and candles. No major bookstore, other than Barnes and Noble has actually made their own digital system. This is actually a bad thing, because bookstores aren’t substituting lost sales with digital ones.
Readium for Chrome has been upgraded with a more modern user experience, and retargeted to be based on the latest ReadiumJS codebase (shared with its cross-browser sibling readium-js-viewer and close cousin Readium SDK). The Readium Chrome browser extension is now available for free download from the Chrome Web Store, and existing users will automatically receive the upgrade.
The Readium project, launched February 2012, was the first open source EPUB 3 reading system. The success and adoption of the initial Chrome extension was a major motivation leading to the formation of the Readium Foundation (Readium.org) in March, 2013. Readium.org is now supported by 40 organization members.
A cursory glance at the statistics for the US ebook market will tell you most people are sticking with paper, and there’s a good reason for that. As the following infographic will show you, paper books fill many uses which ebooks cannot.The infographic is based on a poll conducted recently by Fatbrain, a UK-based used book marketplace. Over 1,000 Fatbrain users responded, and they revealed that the most popular reason for staying with paper reflected their emotional attachment, and not any practical use.
First of all, an increasing portion of sales has moved online, both for print books and, obviously, for ebooks, which are only sold that way. Including both online and physical sales, U.S. publishers had revenues of $15 billion in 2012, the most recently reported annual figure from the Association of American Publishers. That’s up 14% from 2008 – not bad. Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that, within the total, ebook sales rose from $68 million to $3 billion, what’s technically known as a gazillion percent increase. Absent ebooks, total print book sales did shrink about 8%.That’s enough right there to disprove the pessimists and ebook critics. It also certainly ought to embarrass the New Yorker, which last week published its third -- and most off-base yet – profile of Amazon and its impact on the book market. Trotting out many of the same anecdotes Ken Auletta used in his 2010 New Yorker article, writer George Packer cites innumerable unnamed agents and publishers who worry Amazon doesn’t really care about books as they do. By encouraging low-priced, self-published ebooks, in the end, quality literature will be destroyed, Packer and his sources fear.
Increased market supply appears to be having an impact on Spanish ebook piracy, though it remains a widespread problem.
Criador e CEO do serviço de "aluguel" de livros digitais diz que "leitores devem se preocupar com o que ler, e não com o que comprar".
The other 1,000 "choose" to traditionally publish.  This isn't really true at all, because in choosing to go this route, you aren't really choosing to publish. You are choosing to SUBMIT. You are choosing to buy a lottery ticket. Maybe ten people out of a thousand (probably a whole lot less) are statistically likely to win that lottery, but what they do not know (because they've been lied to) is that winning that lottery does not guarantee them either a published book or a working wage. Winning this lottery just means that they've secured an agent. It allows them to buy another lottery ticket, which, if they win that one (maybe one out of those ten... maybe,) dumps them into a pool of people most of whom are not making enough to write full time. Now, the 990 who do not win the first lottery, they don't ever traditionally publish. Their numbers are expunged. DBW doesn't count them as authors, and they are not even considered in the statistics. They never existed. What happens to them, we do not know. And guess what? The ten who win the first lottery - most of them never get published either. AT ALL. Those who fail at this step do not end up being published (most of them,) and they don't get counted either. They go back into the unwashed and uncounted pool of people who never existed to DBW and the other so-called data services. Some few might choose to resubmit, to go to the back of the line and to do this year, after year, after year. They've been told that if they get the golden ring, then that means that they are "legitimate." They consider themselves real authors (as opposed to those cattle who self-publish,) so they stay on the treadmill and never publish. The irony is that since they consider themselves real authors, they never do publish. Ever. Yet, they feel superior to those who saw this all as what it truly is... a mind screw by a dying system that stopped caring about authors and readers a long time ago.  Some will just give up. They'll go back to their teacher job, start a business, or punch a clock somewhere. Way, way, way less than 1% will ever make a living at what they chose to do.
Barnes barnes noble logo& Noble has just received a buyout offer from G Asset Management, a little-known private investment firm. This firm is looking to acquire a 51% stake in the bookseller, and they’re willing to put up $672 million, or about $22 a share.The firm has stated that they plan to spin out the Nook division as a separate venture apart from the retail stores and the college stores. If G Asset Management cannot buy B&N, they made a second offer for the just a controlling interest in Nook Media at $5 a share.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the March 2, 2014 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 15, 2014.

E-Book Fiction

1.     PRIVATE L. A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
2.     KILLER, by Jonathan Kellerman
3.     THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
4.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
5.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     THE MONUMENTS MEN, by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
2.     TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup
3.     LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
4.     DRINKING AND DATING, by Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce
5.     BONHOEFFER, by Eric Metaxas


Comparação de e-readers: Kindle x Kobo

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