1 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (24 a 30 de Abril)

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

  O Partido Popular (PP) espanhol incluiu no programa eleitoral para as eleições autárquicas e autonómicas de 22 de Maio o compromisso de introduzir paulatinamente o livro electrónico no sistema educativo valenciano. A Comunidade Valenciana tem já a decorrer um programa experimental de introdução do livro electrónico em 25 escolas, que o PP pretende alargar a todas as escolas dessa Comunidade Autónoma da Espanha Oriental.
  My guest this week is Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review. Sam is also an author, most recently of The Death of Conservatism: The Movement and Its Consequences.  In 1997 he published Whitaker Chambers: A Biography.  He is also the host of the excellent and long-running Book Review podcast.
  Some questions have no answer, or at least not a universal answer. This is true of this question: In the era of ebooks, what is a book worth? Yet, every day, ebookers are making that value judgement, including in their calculation of whether or not to buy an ebook what they believe is the worth of a book.
  Agents are anticipating escalators in e-book contracts to become "the norm rather than the exception", as they reported already having negotiated the clause with UK publishers in some cases.
  An escalator clause means the royalty rate changes according to the level of sales. One leading agent said: "A number of publishers in the UK and the US are now offering escalating royalties [on e-books] . . . I want to work totally with publishers but I think they should at least be open to an escalating royalty rate on e-books."
  Sales in Amazon’s North America media segment rose 18% in the first quarter, to $1.89 billion, while sales in the North America electronics and general merchandise group jumped 63%, to $3.3 billion. Overall, revenue rose 38%, to $9.86 billion, but net income fell 33%, to $201 million. The company invested $298 million in capital expenditures in the quarter in such areas as technology and infrastructure; the company has announced plans to open nine fulfillment centers this year and could open more. Shipping costs also rose as more customers used Amazon Prime.
  I’ve brought up a number of times the idea that publishers need to do more to connect with the general audience. On Publishing Perspectives, Amanda DeMarco writes that the same holds true in Germany—even at industry events that are open to the public.
  DeMarco writes about the Leipzig Book Fair, an open-to-the-public event that had 163,000 visitors this year. She feels publishers missed a great opportunity to inform interested members of the general public about some of the issues that are facing publishers today concerning the migration of books to e-books, online vs. brick-and-mortar sales, and other matters. Surveys show that readers have different points of view from publishers on a number of matters, but publishers don’t seem to be willing to reach out and engage with them.
  UK publishers are locked in discussions with librarians over ground rules for e-book lending, with librarians continuing to press publishers to allow institutions to loan e-books under the one e-book, one loan, model pioneered by the US digital content provider Overdrive.
  Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Faber and Quercus are among those declining to allow single e-books to be lent in libraries. Discussions have taken place between the Publishers Association, aggregators and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) over how to manage e-lending in a way that suits the interests of both parties after both sides clashed over the PA's baseline position. Earlier this year, the SCL said the baseline had been "set at a level that may have very limited practical use for library customers".
  O digital está a ganhar terreno no mundo dos livros. No Parque Eduardo VII, tanto no pavilhão do grupo Babel como na Praça LeYa vai ser possível consultar e folhear livros electrónicos.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 8, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending April 23, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

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

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.                      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
5.                      IDEA MAN, by Paul Allen


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