30 de dezembro de 2010

Leituras Digitais (19 a 25 de Dezembro)

Leituras Digitais (19 a 25 de Dezembro)

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

  As promised earlier this week, Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan took time out of his schedule to answer a number of questions from Android Police. What did we ask the creator of the Android world’s most anticipated tablet device? A lot of the questions you, our readers, wanted answers to – as well as a few of our own.
  But there have never been changes as vast and as fast as there are now. Indeed, the self-publishing industry is growing up in a hurry. Not only are more books than ever before being published by a growing number of self-publishing companies, but authors are becoming more knowledgeable about the publishing process and demanding more services from vendors. Self-publishing companies are responding by widening their marketing and distribution options, offering books in digital formats, and treating authors as business partners.
  "With media tablets offering more functionality, e-reader vendors need to target avid readers who may see the value of a stand-alone device that performs particularly well," said Allen Weiner, Research Vice President, Gartner. "E-reader vendors will also need to offer lower prices than for more fully featured media tablets. This will entail smaller profit margins and potential hardware subsidies at retail, and/or the ability to obtain lower-priced components. We think few end users will buy both an e-reader and a media tablet, so it is important that e-readers retain a price advantage."
  The Morgan Library & Museum has announced that on December 20, 2010, it will make digital versions of more than forty celebrated music manuscripts from its extraordinary permanent collection available on its Web site for the first time. Music Manuscripts Online, at www.themorgan.org/music, will include such important works as Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonata, op. 96; Chopin's Polonaise, op. 53; Debussy's En sourdine; Haydn's Symphony No. 91; Mahler's Symphony No. 5; Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Mozart's Piano Concerto, K 537; and Schubert's Impromptus D 935.
  The printed book need not become the lost symbol of a bygone literary culture, but a beautiful object to be bought and read and then placed on the bookshelves in studies and sitting rooms alongside other beautifully produced books. It is not the days of the printed book that are numbered, but rather the days of the mass-produced book, whatever its genre, with its poor quality paper and flimsy cover and no intrinsic beauty at all. If publishers play their cards right, its place will be taken by the eBook, while the printed book will become what it once was, a treasure not just for the mind, but also for the eye.

  Amazon.com Inc. is likely to sell more than 8 million Kindle electronic-book readers this year, at least 60 percent more than analysts have predicted, according to two people who are aware of the company’s sales projections.
  The Idea Logical Company and Market Partners International recently conducted an anonymous, invitation-only survey of U.S. literary agents on the subject of e-book royalties, and many chose to comment on each question.* 135 agents took the survey. The findings—along with the reactions of seven publishing CEOs, who often questioned the agents’ contentions—will be presented by ILC’s Mike Shatzkin and MPI’s Constance Sayre at a panel at Digital Book World on Wednesday, January 26. Preliminary results show that, of the agents surveyed . . .
  E-books now make up 9 to 10 percent of trade-book sales, a rate that grew hugely this year, after accounting for less than half that percentage by the end of last year. Publishers are predicting that digital sales will be 50 percent higher or even double in 2011 what they were in 2010.
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