26 de junho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (19 a 25 de Junho)

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

  The British Library has signed a deal with Google, which will see one of the largest collections of books and pamphlets in the world made available and searchable online for the first time. The deal included 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections, covering up to 40 million pages from 1700-1870, from the French Revolution to the end of slavery.
  The world's largest pub­lishers have begun growing again after weathering the global recession over the past three years, with ­Pearson once again emerging as top dog.
  According to the annual ranking of global pub­lishing performance, compiled on behalf of Livres Hebdo, Buchreport, Publishers Weekly and The Bookseller, publishing revenues in 2010 have overtaken the total ­revenues for 2008 and 2009.
  Locke said: "Kindle Direct Publishing has provided an opportunity for independent authors to compete on a level playing field with the giants of the book selling industry. Not only did KDP give me a chance, they helped at every turn. Quite simply, KDP is the greatest friend an author can have."
  During a discussion on "New Skill Sets: Capabilities Publishers Don't Have and How They're Developing Them", Charlie Redmayne, global executive vice-president for digital at HarperCollins, stressed editors needed to look beyond the book, or give it over to the best person who could "tell the story digitally". He said: "Editors need to become not just editors of books, but people with the content vision, and there are not enough editors in the industry who have those skills."
  What used to be seen as a last resort is fast becoming the most successful trend in writing. Alison Flood talks to the authors doing it themselves.
  Once again, JK Rowling and her marketing team have left the rest of the publishing world standing while she blazes a trail into the record books. I'll eat my hardback copy of The Deathly Hallows if the Harry Potters aren't the fastest-selling ebooks in history by the end of this year – and I can only tip my hat in admiration.

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