27 de fevereiro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (20 a 26 de Fevereiro)

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

  But this changed. Now it’s not “we’re using web tech to make e-books”, it’s “we’re using e-books to package web tech”. It’s not about making books anymore, it’s about using web tech offline. You think I’m exaggerating? Do you know what term was used to “succinctly describe EPUB” during development of EPUB3? Here it comes: “website in a box”. I’m not kidding. It was used in the IDPF meetings and was even in the November 12, 2010 draft of the EPUB Overview document.
  In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy.
  And here is where the e-book comparison comes in, because we’ve heard many complaints about the shoddy quality of editorial proofing for commercial e-books, notably Kindle editions. In some cases it seems as if they were simply put through an OCR script and then posted the way they were. But on the other hand, a lot of pirate scanned e-books have been painstakingly proofread and corrected by the scanners, or by people who got them after the scanners released them. You commonly see “version” notifications on some of the more popular titles, indicating how many times the files have been revised. After all, pirated e-books are released in digital, editable formats, and many people take the time to do just that.
  The Internet has changed everything — from the way people use media to their buying habits. For many Germans, finding out more about a book online and also buying it on the Web has long become as normal as having a cup of coffee with breakfast. Additionally, customers can now access for free online information for which they previously had to pay. This is creating a drain on sales which, say many, will never be recouped. The fact is that traditional bookstores, both large and small, spent a long time hesitating before putting together their own attractive alternative to the likes of Amazon — yet now they’re busy making up for lost time.
  Japan’s book market is said to be worth around $24 billion (it’s the world’s biggest and about 4x the size of the local video game industry), which means it’s not a big surprise that e-publishing is currently one of the “hot” trends in the country’s tech sector.
  And yesterday, Japan’s biggest business daily The Nikkei reported that the local industry made quite an important decision: book publishers and electronics companies have agreed to adopt EPUB 3.0, an open e-book standard that’s currently common in the US, Europe and other places.
  Rather than there just being one copy of that famous person’s notes, why not offer them for sale to anyone else who buys the ebook? I’d pay more to see Bill Gates’ notes on some of the books I’ve read.  The idea is for thought leaders, celebrities, etc., to make handwritten notes in ebooks they read and sell them as an add-on.  Like most rich/famous people, Bill doesn’t need the money, so he could donate it to his Foundation if he chooses to.  There would be two versions of the ebook available: One without notes at the current (lower) price and one with the VIP notes at a slightly higher price.
  Many authors are looking at the growth in digital, the decline in mass market sales, the reduction of Borders’ footprint, the decreased orders from Wal-mart and thinking, hey, this digital thing might not be so bad after all.  I think with the inclusion of digital book sales by the NYTimes and USA Today, digital books are finally gaining an imprimatur of respectability.  For the record, while at TOC, a bunch of us made predictions about what the digital book market would be like at the end of 2011. I said it would represent 60% of trade publishing revenue.  A year ago, I probably predicted that 30% wouldn’t be achieved for five years.
  Print on demand, digital and self-publishing are continuing to push up the number of books published in the UK and overseas, according to new output data issued by Nielsen Book. The statistics also reveal that the number of publishers has risen with 2010 seeing 3,151 new publishers registering for an ISBN, the highest for 10 years.
  The Internet Archive, in conjunction with 150 libraries, has rolled out a new 80,000 e-book lending collection today on OpenLibrary.org. This means that library patrons with an OpenLibrary account can check out any of these e-books.
  However, while there is a nascent market for comics on e-book readers like the Kindle and B&N’s color device, the Nook, Amazon’s recently introduced digital “delivery fee,” charging publishers 15 cents per megabyte to transfer a book’s file to the Kindle, has forced some comics publishers to rethink using the Kindle platform.
  In the Kindleworld blog article on the coming Kindle for Web, it was noted that this web-app will make Kindle books readable IN FULL on web browsers and will support Chrome OS devices, including the new Chrome OS Notebook, as well as the Chrome browser and other web browsers."  Also, Amazon's web app description states that anywhere we have a web browser, we'll see that our Kindle reading library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights are always available no matter where we bought the Kindle books or how we choose to read them.
  For this reason and because Kindle books and the ability to buy them via a web-browser will be accessible on Android tablets, it will be Apple's loss if Apple execs decide to discourage Kindle or other ebook-reader apps for Apple devices.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the March 6, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending February 19, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      ALONE, by Lisa Gardner
2.                      TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
3.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
4.                      THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
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.                      DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush
4.                      _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern
5.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot


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