8 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (1 a 7 de Maio)

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

  The digital publishing market is now worth 6% of UK publishers' sales, the Publishers Association has revealed, with consumer digital sales up more than 300% in 2010 to £16m—the third year of treble digit growth, and e-book sales at £13m.
  The PA estimated that the digital consumer market was now close to £20m, including sales from those publishers not included in the PA yearbook panel.
  The concept of cloud reading, also known as “Spotify for books,” sounds appealing, but has different implications depending on your position in the market.
  The publishing industry has been debating the value of ebooks and how ebook prices affect sales for quite some time, but much of this debate is framed using anecdotal evidence from a limited pool of high-profile authors. Looking at actual price points of bestsellers at the largest ebook retailer since the start of 2011, we can glean that very low cost ebooks are gaining market share – but so are the highest priced ebooks.
  A study at the University of Washington and six other universities in the US involving the use of the larger-format Kindle DX indicated a disconnect between digital text and the way students learn.
  Given the clarity of the Publishers Association's press release on digital sales I was dismayed to read a number of reports in today's media which tell me that e-books sales rose to £180m in 2010. They didn't: they are about a tenth of that figure.
  For those of us in all aspects of publishing, these are heady times--which is a mix of dizzying, exciting, and to be candid, somewhat intimidating, given the pace of transformation and the unknowable consequences of so dramatic a period of upheaval. One outcome is certain--there will be books and they will be read, one way or another.
  Son muchas las cuestiones y los interrogantes que suscita el nuevo entorno digital, que está provocando un cambio en las prácticas de lectura y consumo de información similar al que en su momento desempeñó la revolución de la imprenta. De ahí que no sea aventurado decir, como se viene haciendo con frecuencia, que nos encontramos ante un cambio de paradigma que es preciso estudiar y comprender para gestionarlo del mejor modo posible.

  Con la intención de responder a algunos de estos interrogantes, la Fundación Germán Sánchez Rupérez, en el marco del Programa Territorio Ebook, convocó a un encuentro a dos especialistas en este asunto, José Afonso Furtado, director de la Biblioteca de Arte de la Fundación Gulbelkian en Lisboa y José Antonio Cordón, profesor de la Universidad de Salamanca, ambos autores de dos libros recientemente publicados sobre el particular: A Edição de Livros e a Gestão Estratégica (José Afonso Furtado, ed. Booktailor, 2011) y Gutenberg 2.0, la revolución de los libros electrónicos (José Antonio Cordón; Raquel Gómez; Julio Alonso, Trea, 2011). Javier Valbuena, director del Centro de Desarrollo Sociocultural de la Fundación en Peñaranda de Bracamonte moderó la conversación.
  A London MEP has called on the EU Commission to intervene in a consumer directive which would double the amount of time customers have to return books, which he claims would increase paperwork and cost booksellers money.
  The directive could be adopted by 30th May, and would mean customers could return a book within 14 days of purchase for a full refund, instead of the seven days required currently.
  We’ve reached the point where Amazon with their Kindle and B&N with their Nook are perfectly positioned to make a subscription offer. Publishers will have mixed feelings about it and the agents for the top-selling authors have good reasons to be against it, but the proposition seems (to me) to be one that will be compelling to many consumers and will offer tremendous advantages to the retailer that offers it. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t happened already.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 15, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending April 30, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
2.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
3.                      THE LINCOLN LAWYER, by Michael Connelly
4.                      THE SIXTH MAN, by David Baldacci
5.                      THE FIFTH WITNESS, by Michael Connelly

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
3.                      STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS, by Rob Lowe
4.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot


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