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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