13 de março de 2011

Leituras Digitais (6 a 12 de Março)

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

  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.
  Copyrights do end—although these days, they’re so long (95 years for most works) that you’d scarcely know it. Once a work does fall into the public domain, can it be copyrighted again? In 1994, Congress effectively said “yes” when it passed a law that the government argued was necessary to get the U.S. properly aligned with the Berne Convention, an important international copyright treaty. But a group of public-interest lawyers and small businesses that use public-domain works have challenged the law, and today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear their case.

  Artists and publishers are no doubt looking for new business models as we move to digital books and music. The question remains whether or not these models will meet everyone's needs - artists', publishers', consumers'. But it seems just as significant to watch whether or not these new business models work with consumers' ethical codes of conduct, for art, literature, music they feel they should be able to get for free or for cheap or that they already actually own.
  Whenever an article appears touting the success of a few self-published authors, there’s a certain amount of pushback from critics who seek to ground us in reality, pointing out that the overwhelming majority of writers who self-publish don’t see significant sales. Perhaps this is where the big publishers can still fit in by separating the wheat from the chaff. And a lower barrier of entry for the ebook market means a lot more chaff than ever before.
  The IDM said the results supported the importance of digital marketing in boosting sales.
"With around 56% of respondents going online for books, it stands to reason that businesses use digital marketing to push their own sales," digital marketing company Econsultancy added in response to the findings.
  Authors' incomes – never sizeable, except for a lucky minority – have been squeezed over the past two years, with the drop in publisher advances. Hewson said authors now face an erosion of their earnings from multiple directions, whether from the fact that library Public Lending Right doesn't cover the loans of ebooks and audiobooks, or the new practice of "Lendle-ing", joining ebook communities to take advantage of Amazon's US free loan facility on Kindle. "What we earn is being chipped away," he said. "I do know people who are thinking: 'Is it worth carrying on?'"
  The transition to digital formats offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for Trade Publishers to re-energise customers, address structural issues with the current industry model, and emerge bigger, stronger and much more profitable. However, a number of publishers will not I am afraid survive long enough to enjoy these benefits. The next 2-3 years will be extremely tough for the industry and will end up with a shakeout of weaker, less digitally savvy players . Operators who are not prepared to make difficult choices now, and whose balance sheets are not strong enough to invest in the digital supply chain will be exposed. Whilst publishers who play their cards well will reap significant rewards. My conviction about how the market will play out is based on experience of digital transitions in the music, tv, games and video markets. The parallels with these industries are real, and it is not too late to learn the lessons.
  How could this possibly be? Paper costs more than electrons, so surely e-books should be cheaper, right?
  Believe it or not, this isn't a glitch. And it's not happening because publishers are asleep at the wheel either.
  Come down the rabbit hole with me into the wholesale/agency tunnel, and I'll tell you why this is happening.

New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the March 20, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending March 5, 2011.


E-Book Fiction

1.                      SING YOU HOME, by Jodi Picoult
2.                      ALONE, by Lisa Gardner
3.                      RIVER MARKED, by Patricia Briggs
4.                      TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
5.                      THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, by Patrick Rothfuss

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      UNTIED, by Meredith Baxter
4.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
5.                      DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush


David "Skip" Prichard (Ingram Content Group) at Digital Book World 2011

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