31 de julho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (24 a 31 de Julho)

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

  A Bloomberg report provided indications that Sony will be upgrading its current line with both hardware and software improvements, probably before the end of August.  There are no indications at this time to indicate that price drops will be accompanying the upgrades, but it can be assumed that if there are any, they will be small.  The upcoming release of the new Sony S1 and S2 Tablet PCs will be intended to target “a more status-minded customer”, according to a recent CNN report, and it is likely that they will similarly weigh the prestige of owning a Sony Reader as a more important factor than matching the price of the increasingly inexpensive Amazon Kindle.
  The writers who are being successful now are those who understand promotion is an integral part of their success. Authors must connect directly with readers via social media. The published author with a strong backlist has the potential to connect to a whole new generation of readers and they don’t need a publisher to do so.
  So what do these changes mean for the unpublished author? It’s a question I’m asked frequently and I’ve put a lot of thought into. For the unpublished author, my suggestion is they consider writing at least three manuscripts before leaping into self-publishing. Few traditionally published authors had the craft down so well on their first manuscript that they were able to sell it, I don’t believe it’s changed for new writers. The number one promotional tool for a writer is great content and having multiple titles available.
  A loja online da Bertrand disponibiliza desde há pouco tempo a venda de livros digitais. Depois da entrada no mercado por parte da Leya, através da Mediabooks, e da Porto Editora, via Wook, é a vez da entrada do selo centenário.
  Amazon.com is experiencing its "fastest growth" in more than a decade with accelerating Kindle sales, according to its founder Jeff Bezos, but at a cost to the bottom line.
  The giant e-tailer increased sales by 51% in the three months to 30th June 2011 to $9.91bn (£6.04bn), but profits came in at $191m (£116m), a decrease of 8% on last year, as the company continues to invest in expansion.
  The salvation for the traditional publisher has to be quality when it can’t compete on price. Consequently, more attention needs to be paid to initial quality and to gaining a reputation for that quality. Unfortunately for traditional publishers, an increasing number of self-publishers are realizing that the quality problem also applies to their ebooks and they are improving their quality faster than are the traditional publishers.
  Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has introduced its new Kindle Textbook Rental Program.  Amazon has been offering new and used print editions of textbooks for awhile. What a great use for the Kindle DX, especially since it has a bigger screen.  There has been some push for use of the Kindle DX in education in recent years, but it hasn’t really taken off. But, regardless of whether you download your textbook to your Kindle, Kindle DX, iPad, computer, smartphone, etc, you’ll save a lot of money and backache.
  Metadata might still sound like something intimidating for some, but it is actually very simple. Metadata is all of the information associated with a book or publication that is used to produce, publish, distribute, market, promote and sell the book. This includes very simple things, such as the title, author of a book, cover and format, to much more complicated data, such as the terms of the publishing contract, rights information, print run, sales data, reviews, etc. It usually takes the form of a file contained in a database that will contain information for all the publishers books. This file can then be output into a digital file or spreadsheet that can be used by search engines, retailers and other digital media to display and sell your book.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the August 7, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 23, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
2.                      PORTRAIT OF A SPY, by Daniel Silva
3.                      NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
4.                      THE BLACK ECHO, by Michael Connelly
5.                      SPLIT SECOND, by Catherine Coulter

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
5.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey

29 de julho de 2011

Nomeados para os World Fantasy Awards 2011

A Locus Magazine deu a conhecer os nomeados da edição deste ano dos World Fantasy Awards. Os vencedores serão anunciados na World Fantasy Convention, que se realizará entre 27 e 30 de Outubro em San Diego.
  • Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Silent LandGraham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
  • Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)
  • Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
  • The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine)
  • “The Mystery Knight”, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)
  • “Beautiful Men” , Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
  • “Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
  • “Ponies”, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 11/17/10)
  • “Fossil-Figures”, Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us”, Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static8-9/10)
  • The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
  • Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
  • Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
  • Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)
  • What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
  • The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
  • Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)
  • Vincent Chong
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Richard A. Kirk
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
  • Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
  • Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
  • Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine
  • Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, forBrighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention 2010
  • Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
  • Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
  • Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog

Nós e os Clássicos - Final da Primeira Série

Chegou ao fim a primeira série do programa “Nós e os Clássicos”. Todos os episódios se encontram disponíveis on-line:

1.º Episódio
Com Ana Isabel Buescu e Vasco Graça Moura

2.º Episódio
Com Maria José Palla e Ricardo Araújo Pereira

3.º Episódio
Com João Botelho e Eduardo Lourenço

4.º Episódio
Com Fernando Villas-Boas e Paulo Portas

5.º Episódio
Com Pedro Mexia e Jorge Silva Melo

6.º Episódio
Com José Oliveira Barata e José Carlos Barros

7.º Episódio
Com Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins e Rui Ramos

8.º Episódio
Com Ana Maria Almeida Martins e Mário Soares

9.º Episódio
Com Miguel Real e Inês Pedrosa

10.º Episódio
Com Noronha Nascimento e António Costa Pinto

11.º Episódio
Com Fernando Cabral Martins e Miguel Sousa Tavares

12.º Episódio
Com Ofélia Paiva Monteiro e Sérgio Nazar David

13.º Episódio
Com José Pacheco Pereira e Pedro Rosa Mendes

24 de julho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (17 a 23 de Julho)

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

  Now the self-publishing world has exploded, and the dilemma self publishers face in obtaining credible, critical reviews has only worsened, while the need is greater than ever: with so many unvetted books out there, how will authors convince readers that their particular title is worthy of attention? Where is the filter readers need in order to find the gems in this vast pool of material?
  HarperCollins sold more than 10,000 e-books of George R R Martin's A Dance with Dragons last week, its biggest digital performance for a new release.
  Thousands of out of print science-fiction titles will be available digitally, after Gollancz launched the world's largest science-fiction and fantasy library, the SF Gateway.
  The gateway will launch in September with more than 1,000 titles available by almost 100 authors. Launch authors include the likes of Marion Zimmer Bradley, Philip K Dick, Frank Herbert and Arthur C Clarke. Gollancz will build the list to 3,000 titles by the end of 2012 and 5,000 or more by 2014. The books will be available through all major e-retailers but pricing has yet to be determined.
  The university presses of Oxford and Cambridge are going head to head to compete in global digital platforms, which are being rolled out within one month of each other.
  Oxford University Press will release University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) onto the market in September, while, as revealed last week in The Bookseller, Cambridge University Press will launch University Publishing Online (UPO) in October. Both will offer monographs from a variety of publishers on a single platform while maintaining the individual publisher's branding, and both are based on previous models used for their own titles—Oxford Scholarship Online and Cambridge Books Online.
  On July 8, the Foundation, together with the Ministry of Culture, announced a special program that would make R$2.7 million [US$1.73 million] available to publishing houses interested in translating, publishing and promoting Brazilian literature abroad in advance of the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Brazil will serve as Guest of Honor.
  Everything is going to be sold off, including the remaining stock, fixtures, brand name, URL, everything. The liquidation sale is expected to bring in between $250 and $284 million, which is a far cry from the $215 million in cash and $220 million in assumed liabilities  that Najafi had offered for Borders. The Najafi deal fell through due to objections by some of borders’ smarter creditors.
  In all of the speculation about the potential for a Kindle Tablet release later this year, few people have speculated much on the future of the Kindle itself.  Possibly we’re simply running out of good ideas to improve the device without causing a problem with the streamlined user experience?  Whatever the reason, we now have news that there are indeed two completely new Kindles on the way.  A recent Wall Street Journal article has indicated, based on sources familiar with the matter, that this October we can expect to be seeing both a newer, cheaper Kindle of the type we are already used to, and a Kindle with a touchscreen.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the July 31, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 16, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin
2.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
3.                      NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
4.                      QUINN, by Iris Johansen
5.                      THEN CAME YOU, by Jennifer Weiner

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
4.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand


Buying and reading Google eBooks on the Story HD

22 de julho de 2011

Percurso Literário em Lisboa

Percurso Literário em Lisboa
Data: 24 de Julho de 2011, pelas 17h30
Local: Largo Camões
Inscrição: 5 €

Promovido pela Voltas de Ulisses, o passeio será conduzido por Duarte Braga. As inscrições são efectuadas através do email voltasdeulisses@gmail.com.

19 de julho de 2011

Ler Mais Ler Melhor: Vida e Obra de Florbela Espanca

Vencedores dos Shirley Jackson Awards 2010

Os recentemente anunciados vencedores dos Shirley Jackson Awards 2010:

·         Dark Matter, Michelle Paver (Orion)
·         A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (Doubleday)
·         Feed, Mira Grant (Orbit)
·         Mr. Shivers, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
·         The Reapers Are the Angels, Alden Bell (Holt)
·         The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)


·         The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)
·         Chasing the Dragon, Nicholas Kaufmann (ChiZine)
·         “Mysterium Tremendum”, Laird Barron (Occultation)
·         One Bloody Thing After Another, Joey Comeau (ECW)
·         Subtle Bodies, Peter Dubé (Lethe)
·         The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine)


·         “–30–”, Laird Barron (Occultation)
·         “The Broadsword”, Laird Barron (Black Wings)
·         “Holderhaven”, Richard Butner  (Crimewave 11: Ghosts)
·         “The Redfield Girls”, Laird Barron (Haunted Legends)
·         “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, Neil Gaiman (Stories)

Short Story

·         “As Red as Red”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Haunted Legends)
·         “Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowlder(What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
·         “The Foxes”, Lily Hoang (Haunted Legends)
·         “six six six”, Laird Barron (Occultation)
·         “The Things”, Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)

Single-Author Collection

·         Occultation, Laird Barron (Night Shade)
·         The Ones That Got Away, Stephen Graham Jones (Prime)
·         The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)
·         What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
·         What Will Come After, Scott Edelman (PS)

Edited Anthology

·         Black Wings, S.T. Joshi, ed, (PS)
·         Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
·         My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father, He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
·         Stories, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow)
·         Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (HarperCollins)

17 de julho de 2011

Leituras Digitais (10 a 16 de Julho)

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

  The Book Depository has said it will continue to operate independently of Amazon, as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said it was "too early" to say if today's takeover of the online bookseller would trigger an investigation.
  The deal was announced this morning, with The Book Depository (TBD) founder Andrew Crawford saying the company was looking forward to “continuing growth” with Amazon’s support.
  As omnivores, contemporary readers have become adept at switching from high to low culture at the click of a mouse, moving from codex to ebook to audio. This is the shape of the future: a bonanza of print on many platforms. All that remains to be settled – the $64,000 question – is: what should be the economic terms of trade? How do we reconcile the gospel of "free" with an obligation to reward the artist?
  With e-readers like Apple’s new iPad and Amazon’s Kindle touting their vast libraries of digital titles, some bookworms are bound to wonder if tomes-on-paper will one day become quaint relics. But the question also arises, which is more environmentally friendly: an e-reader or an old-fashioned book?
  To find the answer, we turned to life-cycle assessment, which evaluates the ecological impact of any product, at every stage of its existence, from the first tree cut down for paper to the day that hardcover decomposes in the dump. With this method, we can determine the greenest way to read.
  The decline of literacy in its multiple facets will continue as long as we sanction the idea that there are no minimal standards for authors to meet to be published — even self-published – and for editors to meet to be considered professional. As the availability of drivel increases, so will acceptance of drivel as the norm, until one day we realize that authors and readers are not only miscommunicating, but are not communicating at all!
  According to Kitagawa, Japan’s total book market for 2010 was valued at 1.95 trillion yen ($18.6 billion), of which e-books comprised 65 billion yen ($806 million) or 3.3% of the overall market.
  Kitagawa said that mobile manga comics created the Japanese e-book market, and continue to dominate over other types of e-book content like fiction and nonfiction titles. However, Kitagawa predicted that the Japanese e-book market would grow rapidly to 200 billion yen by 2015. Both the dropping price of e-readers and the wider adoption of smartphones in Japan could contribute to this growth.
  The Publishers Association has united with the Independent Publishers Guild for the first time to oppose the merger of Amazon and The Book Depository, while calling for a wider public investigation into the competition between the online and bricks and mortar bookselling market.
In an unprecedented move, the PA and IPG have banded together to urge the Office of Fair Trading to stop the merger of the online retailers, which was announced last Monday (4th July). By Tuesday, the OFT had asked for submissions from the public and other parties concerning "any competition or public interest issues". Its stance reflects the seriousness with which the PA and IPG members are treating the proposed merger.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the July 24, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 9, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
2.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
3.                      THE BLACK ECHO, by Michael Connelly
4.                      THE SILENT GIRL, by Tess Gerritsen
5.                      SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN, by Janet Evanovich

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.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.                      SEAL TEAM SIX, by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
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