20 de fevereiro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (13 a 19 de Fevereiro)


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

  “This is a clear boon to e-publishing,” says my colleague, George Burke, CEO of book rental service BookSwim.com. “It’s a proven model: try before you buy.” He goes on to point out the clear records which show that those who share music are also some of the biggest purchasers of music. “This model is perfect — it broadens peoples’ ability to have access to e-books, which should help broaden the entire market. Similar to a network of libraries, this allows people nationwide the opportunity to have access to more books than most consumers could afford to buy, which will increase the desirability of e-books in general. This will bring in more people interested in e-reading — and we know that the e-reading market is a buying market.”
  So, Mike, we don’t like licenses on our e-books—not so much because we can’t resell them, which any sensible person would agree doesn’t work based on the nature of the medium (and, indeed, if e-book prices fall as you say they are, paying less for a non-resellable book sounds like a fair tradeoff). but because they mean that our purchase of them can be reversed at the licensor’s whim. The large print giveth, but the fine print means the publisher can do whatever the heck he pleases. (Not to mention what happens if the publisher goes out of business, leaving us without a way to access that content.)
  Borders US has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming a decrease in consumer spending, a lack of liquidity and ongoing discussions with publishers.
The widely expected move will mean Borders will try to restructure its business while continuing to trade online and in store. Among the initiatives that it is proposing, which require court approval, is to close around 30% of its underperforming stores.
  The Internet age has its pluses, but it also has its minuses — minuses that we are only beginning to see and of which the demise of local, indie stores and outfits like Borders and Blockbuster that have a local presence are symptoms. The forsaking of choice for price as a value will come back to haunt us.
  The key to ensuring objectivity has been in maintaining a firewall between critics and advertisers.
Funding at BlueInk Reviews comes from authors, who pay a fee to have their books reviewed. As with print publications, we manage that inherent tension between author and critic by strictly maintaining that firewall between the two parties.
  Ever wondered why newspapers and magazines published on the Amazon Kindle rarely contain photos? I’ve downloaded several copies of The Times and The Telegraph on my Kindle, and you’re lucky if you get more than one photo in the entire newspaper. The only periodical that appears to include photos or diagrams with each article as a matter of course is the magnificent Economist.
  The answer lies buried in the terms and conditions for Kindle periodical publishers. Scroll down to the section where it reveals how the revenue for publishers is calculated and you’ll find the devil is most definitely lurking in the detail.
  There will be a shift from ownership to accessing (“think Netflix”). With streaming, tagging, the cloud, content will flow in real time, always on and never done.
  And then there’s generating. With the internet being “the world’s largest copy machine,” there’s no better time to be a reader, but “everyone is benefitting except the producers.” Publishers are not ready for the downward price pressure, the idea that books may cost only 99 cents. The only value is that which cannot be copied. People will pay for “immediacy,” “personalization,” “authentication,” “findability,” “interpretation.” They will be willing to pay if the creator is giving them some attention, says Kelly. Where attention flows, money will surely follow.
  More people aged over 55 own e-readers than the younger generation, according to a new study on digital reading habits.
  Data released by research company OnePoll shows 6% of readers in the over-55 category–equivalent to 500,000 people–own a digital device to consume literature in comparison to just 5% of those aged 18–24.
  As newspapers started to lose readership the book pages started shrinking and a lot of the books that would appeal to a local audience for that paper (and might be defined as “midlist) were pushed to the side so that they could cover a book with a larger national interest. Bloggers can help bridge that gap by providing that local flare (along with booksellers who I mentioned previously are being used more and more to bring these fantastic local books to light).
  US publishers’ book sales across all platforms increased +2.4 percent in December 2010 vs December 2009 and +3.6 percent for the full year vs 2009, it was reported today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
  Virtually every book publishing category showed growth in one or both comparisons, with the phenomenal popularity of E-books continuing.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  February 27, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending February 12, 2011.

 

E-Book Fiction

1.                      ALONE, by Lisa Gardner
2.                      TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
3.                      THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
4.                      A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, by Deborah Harkness
5.                      THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson

 

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, by Donald Rumsfeld
4.                      DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush
5.                      _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern

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