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


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