10 de abril de 2011

Leituras Digitais (3 a 9 de Abril)

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

  In this exclusive interview, originally published in Portuguese at PublishNews, Roberto Feith, CEO of Objetiva and DLD’s chairman, openly reveals the actual plans, expectations and launch schedule of the new e-book distributor.
  The talk of a future in which children cannot access books is also not just wrong, but backwards. E-readers—already available for £52, and falling—offer an incomparably more convenient way for anyone to find good things. While defending libraries, surely there is also time to promote the fact that, thanks to Project Gutenberg and Google Books, every child in the country can now download virtually any out-of-copyright book for nothing. (Piracy will doubtless do the same for most in-copyright books too, as may digital lending, though this is less cause for celebration.)
  Thanks to the emergence of the Kindle and other electronic reading devices, today’s consumer can choose from a multitude of ways to consume content with multiple delivery model preferences. It is all about consumers and what they want, when they want it and how they want it. With consumer expectations higher than ever, the question becomes how can publishers meet these growing consumer demands while also generating revenue? Unfortunately, the mere act of delivering content digitally is not enough. Publishers today need to go beyond the book to embrace innovative ways to enhance the e-book purchase to meet their customer’s desire for convenience, personalization and flexibility.
  I should be grateful that I've been given the same space as the big boys to display my covers and my reviews. I should say thank you for the sale. But I don't. Because each time I sell a book on Amazon, I lose money.
  Amazon don't tell their customers how much they take from a small publisher like me, nor do they advertise the fact that I have to pay the postage on the books sent to them.
  A little over 6 weeks ago the Big 6 publisher HarperCollins announced that it would no longer allow library eBooks to be checked out indefinitely. Today it looks like HC might be reconsidering some details.
  Josh Marwell, President of Sales at HC, was at a conference yesterday. He spoke at length on the possible change in policy. “Is 26 set in stone? No. It’s our number for now, but we want to hear back. Immediately. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that one size fits all. We consider it a work in progress. But this is the number that we have now,” he said. “We certainly expected a variety of responses, and we knew that there would be a lot of people that had issues.”
  Até aqui, os utilizadores do Kindle registados em Portugal (e na Europa, em geral) tinham de pagar uma "taxa" de entrega de 2,30 dólares americanos sobre milhares de livros para o kindle que na verdade eram gratuitos para os leitores dos Estados Unidos.

  Ora, hoje mesmo pude comprovar que os livros que eu considerava (quase) gratuitos, agora são MESMO GRATUITOS, mesmo que tenha o Kindle registado com uma morada portuguesa.
  From the traditional to the visionary, the conversation about libraries in the digital age has begun in earnest. Roberta Stevens, president of the American Library Association, wants more publishing companies to get involved in the conversation, because at the moment some publishers aren't even willing to sell e-books to libraries. Libraries may be able to survive without those books now, says Stevens, but in the future a lot of books will only be available electronically.
  "When we look at the future then we have to really think very seriously about what is our role — and how can we actually serve the millions and millions of people who use our public libraries everyday if we can't even get access to titles," says Stevens.
  As you may know, Worldreader is an NGO with as its mission the intention to place ereaders in the hands of every child in the world who lives in an underdeveloped country.  This is sort of paraphrasing their intentions, but covers the main aim pretty well.
But, the point of this post is to report that the Kenyan Ministry of Education have agreed to support a similar project in Kenya……  So shortly a lucky bunch of Kenyan kids will find themselves the proud owners of their own Kindles.
  Trademark and copyright holders frequently characterize piracy as a legal failure, arguing that tougher laws and increased enforcement are needed to stem infringing activity. But a new global study on piracy, backed by Canada's International Development Research Centre, comes to a different conclusion. Following several years of independent investigation in six emerging economies, the report concludes that piracy is chiefly a product of a market failure, not a legal one.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

 These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the April 17, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending April 2, 2011

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE LINCOLN LAWYER, by Michael Connelly
2.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
3.                      THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES, by Jean M. Auel
4.                      LOVER UNLEASHED, by J. R. Ward
5.                      MYSTERY, by Jonathan Kellerman

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
3.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
4.                      RAWHIDE DOWN, by Del Quentin Wilber
5.                      MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN, by Joshua Foer

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