3 de outubro de 2010

Leituras Digitais (26 de Setembro a 2 de Outubro)

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

  The publishing industry, James points out, is “a highly inefficient solution to a real problem”—the problem of how to get knowledge and stories from authors’ pens into readers’ hands.
  For a long time, the publishing industry as it now exists was the best possible solution to this problem, even as inefficient as it was. (Much like we say that “capitalism is the worst possible system of government—except for all the other ones.”) But now a much better system exists for disseminating information—the Internet.
  BISG's 2010 Annual Meeting of Members explored how new media and technology are shaping how the book industry redefines and reconnects with consumers to tell stories in ways that could not be told otherwise. In today's brave new publishing world, the sky's the limit with regard to "the next big thing." Consumer perception about how book content can, should and will be purchased, accessed, used and shared is changing.
  Not only do librarians need to understand the accessibility front of the ebook wars, we have the responsibility to embrace our advocacy role in shaping its outcome. As one of the few public sector agencies charged with recognizing the access rights of all, libraries must collectively examine how we can steer the e-text trajectory-from ebooks to e-journals to any other format-in a more universally usable direction.
  The report set out to explore the attitudes and behaviors of parents and children toward reading books for fun in a digital age. Scholastic surveyed more than 2,000 children ages 6 to 17, and their parents, in the spring.
  The "Reading Europe: European culture through the book" exhibition is brought to you by The European Library and the national libraries of Europe. This online exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view some of the hidden literary gems from the national libraries of Europe. Twenty-three countries have selected nearly a thousand works for the public to peruse. Visitors can discover everything from 18th century English bestsellers to the lost interiors of Russian palaces, all presented in an innovative and multilingual form.
  Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced the beta version of “Kindle for the Web,” making it even easier for customers to discover new books and authors by sampling Kindle books directly through web browsers—no installation or downloading required. Amazon is also inviting bloggers and website owners who are participants in the Amazon Associates Program to be part of Kindle for the Web by embedding samples of Kindle books on their websites. These website owners will earn referral fees from Amazon when customers complete book purchases using the links on their websites.
  One of the things that book historians study is the change in, and persistence of, reading technologies over time, and what those historians have demonstrated is that good technologies don't eradicate earlier good technologies. They overlap with them—or morph, so that the old and the new may persist alongside yet another development.
  “O futuro do livro não é digital. Há é um futuro para o livro digital", a afirmação é de Miguel Freitas da Costa, secretário-geral da Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros, que participou esta tarde no 2º Congresso Nacional de Propriedade Intelectual, a decorrer na Universidade Nova de Lisboa. 

  Convidado a responder à pergunta: O Futuro do Livro è Digital? O responsável admitiu que é, para já, difícil antecipar que futuro será o dos livros digitais, reconhecendo que "estamos a assistir a uma explosão dos livros electrónicos", mas sublinhando também que estes "continuam a representar uma ínfima parte do mercado".

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