12 de junho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (5 a 11 de Junho)

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

  The conference, The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word is taking place in Monza, Italy. In the opening panel discussion called The E-book Economy, Santiago de la Mora, Google Book Search's partnership lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Google would not follow its fellow internet giant Amazon in launching imprints. He said: "Google won't become publishers, we are facilitators," he said. "We work very closely with publishers across the world and place the role of trying to make books available as widely as possible; that is our role."
  Today we look at the markets in Spain and Japan, with Milagros Del Corral., the former Director of National Library of Spain and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Focus 2011, and Yasuko Matsui, Vice President of Japanese e-retailer PAPYLESS.
  Speaking at The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word in Monza, Italy, Richard Stallman, president of the Boston-based Free Software Foundation and founder of the "copyleft" movement, which calls for rights holders to surrender some copyright to enable others to modify their work and distribute it for free, said copyright was, in fact, not protection, but restriction. He said: "Copyleft was invented to make freedom in copyright an inalienable right. We must end the war on sharing."
  Many assume that the digital models that work in the United States and Europe can easily be applied to China, Latin America, and elsewhere in the developing world. This could not be more wrong, argues a new study “Digital Publishing in Developing Countries,” carried out by Octavio Kulesz in October 2010, and commissioned by the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, with the support of the Prince Claus Foundation. The report covers developments in Latin America, the Arab World, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, India and China.
  The new service, at ebooks.eb.com, makes it easier than ever to use Britannica’s expert-written single-volume titles for research, papers, homework and projects. More than 300 non-fiction digital books are now available. They cover the full range of curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies and health.
  In early June of 2011, a joint Poudre River Public, Front Range Community College, and Colorado State University libraries committee released a report on the state of eBooks and eReaders. The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of this rapidly-developing topic, and to make recommendations aimed at serving the customers of each library.
  In 2010, according to a study by the GfK market research company, e-books made up only 0.5 percent of overall book sales in 2010. E-books make up just five percent of the 417 million euros in sales in the growing German download market, which is made up of digital purchases of music, audio and e-books, software, games and videos.
  But experts and industry insiders think the German e-book market will grow, despite lagging far behind the US market, as people's awareness of e-books grows, the selection of titles available in digital format expands, and e-book readers such as Amazon's Kindle or Apple's iPad tablet computer gain traction and more widespread use.
  Today I would like to start by offering four observations which I believe help forge the future of ‘the book’ and with it our digital future.
  I will then look at how these are reshaping the author, the publisher, the book channels and bookstore and are starting to determine the winners, survivors and the losers.
  Kobo has big plans for 2011 with the advent of their new eBook lending program! eBook lending is a way that you can lend books to friends for up to 14 days, but only once. Two other companies right now offer ebook lending programs such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. These two companies offer lending on select ebooks. Kobo although has not divulged all of their plans yet for the lending program, and said this is something they are working on and will implement by the end of the year. Michael said that one of the factors contributing to the malaise of the book lending industry is getting Publishers to agree to it. He mentioned that with independent publishing we are more likely to see lending take off.
  So before you dive into self-publishing the novel you've spent months or years working on, stop and think. Do you have an established readership already? If not, are you willing to spend a lot of time and money promoting and marketing your book yourself? Or, would it be wiser to go the traditional route — submit to agents and acquire representation, then have your book sold to a trade publisher who will edit, format, produce cover art, package, and promote your book, getting it onto bookstore shelves and into the hands of reviewers? Are you more willing to sacrifice time or opportunity? Is it worth risking your future as a writer just to get your book in your hands as quickly as you can?
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the June 19, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending June 4, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      SUMMER SECRETS, by Barbara Freethy
2.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
3.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
4.                      10TH ANNIVERSARY, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
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.                      MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

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