21 de novembro de 2010

Leituras Digitais (14 a 20 de Novembro)

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

  Of course, we should expect some level of Darwinian elimination along with spontaneous creations. Within a short period of time, all tools needed to transform the industry will become available and affordable. Books and long form reading shouldn’t be counted out, only some of today’s participants will be.
  He is right that people love books. But what he (and they) really mean when they say that they love books is that they love the ideas that books convey and the feelings they get from reading books. This is where I have news for the industry: those ideas can be delivered and those feelings can be evoked digitally. In some cases even better than before, and in all cases, more cheaply than before. Some readers with a thing for technology will get there first (shifting a majority of book reading to digital, as today’s eReader owners have) while others will take some time to catch up—indeed, large numbers will never read digitally. But they will not have access to the same pool of literature that eBook readers do.
  Com a compra da Bertrand tornou-se, aos 55 anos, o rosto de um grupo que emprega 1400 pessoas e deverá facturar, em 2011, 150 milhões de euros. É um apologista da concentração editorial, porque esta evita que a indústria do livro fique nas mãos de estrangeiros e lhe dá melhores condições para enfrentar os desafios do digital.
  Delta Electronics, a huge Chinese maker of all manner of display systems and lighting have just announced that they are well advanced with the design of a 3D e-ink technology, and intend to have it on the market some time in 2011.
  E-book consumers say they are buying more books overall, but fewer in print, and are decreasing their total dollars spent, according to new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). The sales shift is just one key finding in the first installment of the 2010-2011 cycle of BISG's Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey set.
  There were fears that Europeana and Google Books would be in direct conflict, but they now appear to be occupying different positions. Cultural institutions from all E.U. member states have contributed items to Europeana. Furthermore the institutions retain control over their content. Europeana operates as a portal to the content rather than storing it itself. The institutions organize their digitized content to make search possible, inviting users to read a book, play a video or listen to an audio recording that is stored on the servers of the contributing institutions.
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