28 de novembro de 2010

Leituras Digitais (21 a 27 de Novembro)

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

  Google (motto: "Do No Evil") insist that they are working for the good of the reader, liberating otherwise moribund texts from the darkness and isolation of library shelves. That's been its consistent position, but I just don't buy it, long-term. Never mind the ongoing litigation about the proper remuneration of copyright holders (aka authors), it is inconceivable that, having made this investment and undertaken this extraordinary programme (for that's what it is), Google will not ultimately seek to extract some commercial advantage. That day has not yet come, but as the ebook revolution gathers momentum in the USA and worldwide, I predict that Google will find a way of "revisiting" the noble, altruistic stance of the GPI.
  It’s nearly a year since the first FutureBook conference in London. To mark the year we ask those working in the digital publishing industry about the best bits of the last twelve months and their predictions for 2011!

  Many colleges are trying to implement new plans where students pay a course materials fee which would be used towards buying e-books, or online versions of textbooks, which purport to save students money.
  A study conducted by the National Association of College Stores, “Defining the College Store of 2015,”  found that electronic textbooks are cheaper than printed textbooks, and are causing many universities to seriously consider making the switch.
  eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales, according to the Association of American Publishers. This growth was fueled by intense competition amongst eReader manufacturers over 2010. Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and others attempted to undercut each other throughout the year. Further, the iPad arrived in 2010 and added to the choices for eBook consumers.
  In the research, Steckl and UC doctoral student Duk Young Kim demonstrated that paper could be used as a flexible host material for an electrowetting device. Electrowetting (EW) involves applying an electric field to colored droplets within a display in order to reveal content such as type, photographs and video. Steckl's discovery that paper could be used as the host material has far-reaching implications considering other popular e-readers on the market such as the Kindle and iPad rely on complex circuitry printed over a rigid glass substrate.

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