6 de março de 2011

Leituras Digitais (27 de Fevereiro a 5 de Março)

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

  In his chief executive's statement Nigel Newton said e-books were experiencing "extraordinary" growth, particularly in fiction in the US, where e-book sales were already at 15%. He said according to Amazon 40% of sales of recent bestsellers were as e-books, with Bloomsbury "experiencing similar figures".
  How does the solitary writer attract attention in the age of mass culture? One answer is to mobilise the tools of mass culture and exploit social media. This is becoming a trend. Last week a new website, bibliotastic.com, was launched to help connect aspiring authors to a wider audience. In the words of its founder, James Crawshaw, bibliotastic.com aims "to be to the book market what YouTube has become to the online video: a forum for writers to publish their work for free and for readers to decide what they like for themselves".
  It is clear to me that with each misstep that the Agency 5 takes, the more likely it is that increasing numbers of ebookers will remove DRM and share ebooks. When you make an enemy of someone whose good wishes you need, you invite them to retaliate as best they can. In the case of the Agency 5, the best way to retaliate is to not buy their books, or if you buy them, to remove the DRM and share them.
  When will publishers ever learn?
  Para llevarse 1.000 libros prestados de una biblioteca hace falta por lo menos una furgoneta. Y, desde luego, don de gente para convencer al bibliotecario. Pero en 15 bibliotecas públicas del Estado ya no hay tantas complicaciones. Basta con un lector y una tarjeta. Justo en estos días se está poniendo en marcha el proyecto aprobado en diciembre por el Ministerio de Cultura para que esos centros empiecen a prestar libros digitales.
  Deixo de seguida os links para as edições de cada uma das publicações e a indicação que podem, de forma totalmente gratuita, receber as edições destes jornais, devendo ter o cuidado de verificar na sua página de gestão do Kindle a data em que expira a oferta da assinatura, para a cancelar, se for essa a sua intenção.
  Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.
  The European Commission can confirm that on 1 March 2011 Commission officials initiated unannounced inspections at the premises of companies that are active in the e-book (electronic or digital books) publishing sector in several Member States. The Commission has reason to believe that the companies concerned may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and other restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).
  Oliver added: "The problem for publishers is how to protect their market position while carrying on doing business with an Amazon that is, by the week, becoming a more dominant and powerful force in the book market. As it becomes more dominant, there seems little doubt that Amazon will find itself in a position to dictate more favourable terms from publishers, who will find themselves on a slippery slope of reduced margins. The rapid growth of the e-books market and Amazon’s strong position in that sector with its Kindle e-reader seem likely to further pile pressure on publishers anxious to retain some vestige of control over their pricing."
  Do authors still need publishers in this new world order? I think it all goes back to my first question. To survive and thrive, publishers big and small must do for authors what authors cannot or will not do for themselves.
Welcome to revolution.
  Calibre introduces Open Books, a site for easy browsing of DRM-free e-books (e-books without DRM) that are not in the public domain. calibre has a cornucopia of features including library management, e-book conversion, syncing with devices, news download, e-book viewing etc, but to make the most of these features with your e-books you need to ensure your e-books do not carry DRM.
  Open Books is a compilation non DRM e-books from various sources linked to enable readers to browse and download them.

New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the March 13, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending February 26, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      ALONE, by Lisa Gardner
2.                      TREACHERY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb
3.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
4.                      TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
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.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
5.                      _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern


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