29 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (22 a 28 de Maio)

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

  Built using XML and Web standards, EPUB 3 supports a number of new features that have become more necessary as publishers and authors innovate how content is created and packaged:

  • Video
  • Audio
  • Interactivity
  • Global language support
  • Multicolumn layout
  • Hyphenation
  • Embedded fonts
  • Enhanced metadata
  • Improved accessibility
  • MathML
  • and more
  The all-new Nook is being styled as the easiest e-reader on the market. It features a 6-inch touchscreen display and it weighs just 210g. The device offers up to two months battery life on a single charge and will retail for $139 (£85.89). It has wi-fi but not 3G and will ship into the United States this summer. The new Nook also features Nook Friends—a book recommendation-based social network that will be backed by MyNook, a website for sharing with friends.
  Continuing the recent trend of slowly filling in the details of the upcoming tablet additions to the Kindle family, we have finally gotten a little bit in the way of technical specs. It is certainly true that you have to take everything these tipsters say with a grain of salt, but the timing seems right for more information to be making its way out and the site that released the information has a fairly reliable track record.
  One of the key buzzwords of this BEA is “discovery.” In an age of abundance (as reported last week, more than 3.2 million books were published last year), getting your book to cut through the noise is a very complicated, yet essential, matter. This is especially difficult in the digital marketplace, where there are no bookstore displays to facilitate “happy accidents,” and no booksellers to match favorite books with loyal customers.
  There were a couple of tell-tale signs last week that Google may be having some pain and problems with its vastly ambitious Google Books project. First, was the news that Google was pulling the plug on its corresponding, open-ended, plan to scan and database masses of historic newspaper archives. Second a report that Google was diverting all its programmers from its eBookstore and perhaps not vigorously pursuing plans selling eBooks.
  Good news for the companies that announced new e-readers this week: The number of people in the U.S. who own an dedicated e-reader (not an iPad or other multi-function tablet) has quadrupled since 2009, to 8.7 percent of the population (20.6 million people), new research from eMarketer shows. By 2012, the company predicts that 12 percent of U.S adults, or 28.9 million people, will own an e-reader, up from 1.9 percent in 2009.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the June 5, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending May 21, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
2.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
3.                      10TH ANNIVERSARY, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4.                      THE JEFFERSON KEY, by Steve Berry
5.                      BURIED PREY, by John Sandford

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
3.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
4.                      AREA 51, by Annie Jacobsen
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand


Barnes and Noble Launches Touch-screen Nook

Kobo eReader Touch Edition Demo

Interview with Mike Shatzkin, BEA 2011

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