19 de junho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (12 a 18 de Junho)

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

  Kinokuniya, Sony, Panasonic, and Rakuten met in Japan today and released a statement stating that they plan “discuss building a system that will allow reciprocal use of their e-book readers and stores by the second half of the year.”  the goal of this partnership is a single service that lets users see all ebook purchases from all stores and manage them across all devices.
  It is always worth stopping and looking at the basics of any such idea, rather than simply going along with the crowd and accepting without examination that such things as ereaders and attendant ebooks are in some mysterious manner better than their paper counterparts.
  With the advent of ebooks, self-publishing has exploded, convincing some authors they don't need publishers. But what about the editors?
  Of course Godin has a great deal of experience in book publishing and was going into the process blind. And Poke the Box “sold more copies in its first month than any book” he’s done. But it’s just the beginning for Godin’s ”Domino Project” — a hybrid publishing/marketing company, run by Godin with a skeleton staff and a merry band of interns — and powered by Amazon.com.
  How does he manage to succeed while defying convention?  What are his plans? And does he believe he can beat the Big Six at their own game?
  Publishers, academics, digital pioneers and writers assembled in Milan at the Book Tomorrow conference. Claire Armitstead went along to find out what the future holds for the printed word.
  We may regret increasing our eBook prices but there has to become a point where the eBook reading audience has reached maturity and become comfortable with buying new titles instead of expecting to download them free or having a less pleasurable experience through downloading pirated eBooks on torrents (along with a lot of other hidden viruses, trojans and malware). I think we have passed that point. Clearly readers are prepared to consume eBooks and to do so as voraciously as they do their paper counterparts, so the market needs to establish the true worth of an eBook without alienating this growing sector of consumers. We must be aware the large publishers can undercut any price the independents care to set, so my thinking is that we should now be leading the way with pricing which actually reflect a serious business model for eBooks.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the June 26, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending June 11, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
2.                      STATE OF WONDER, by Ann Patchett
3.                      SUMMER SECRETS, by Barbara Freethy
4.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
5.                      THE WINTER SEA, by Susanna Kearsley

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
4.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

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