14 de agosto de 2011

Leituras Digitais (7 a 13 de Agosto)

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

  We could evolve so that the skills and organizational requirements to publish narrative content, if print becomes a small component of the revenue, will be quite different from what’s required to publish the illustrated content for which print remains an important part of the revenue. In that world, what constitutes a sensible portfolio of offerings for what we today call a “book publisher” might be defined quite differently.
  The Guardian has launched Guardian Shorts, a series of e-books based on its journalism. The series will feature topical news articles in several different subject areas such as sport, public policy and cultural events, with the first one entitled Phone Hacking: How the Guardian Broke the Story, which provides a “comprehensive account” of how the scandal unfolded.
  The e-books are all in English and cost between £1.99 and £3.99 depending on the subject, length and how much new content they contain and are available on the Kindle internationally and via the iBooks store. Some of the ‘shorts’ will also be available for free.
  Twitter is a buzz Sunday night with the news that Amazon had added social networking features to the Kindle support site at kindle.amazon.com. Kindle users can now create a profile page, follow other Kindle users, share details about their reading habits, and so on.
  For many agents, along with some booksellers, the real concern about Amazon Publishing has to do with what it could signal for traditional publishers. If Amazon lands enough bestselling authors, it could dominate traditional publishing the way it has come to monopolize online bookselling. Jeff McCord, owner of the Atlanta shop Bound to Be Read Books, thinks Amazon has long “wished to take over the book industry from top to bottom” and its recent foray into publishing is proof. “Amazon Publishing is a bigger worry for publishers than for bookstores,” he said.
  Early last month, publisher Gollancz announced that it was going to publish a new third edition of the “Encyclopedia of Science Fiction” online, and make it free for anyone to access. An executive for Gollancz told FutureBook that it had profit-minded reasons for doing this, but wouldn’t explain them at the time.
Here’s why: Gollancz is also acquiring the ebook rights to thousands of out-of-print sci-fi and fantasy classics, and will start offering them for sale this fall. The launch list includes over a thousand titles, and the publisher plans to have around 5,000 titles available by 2014.
  Tal como havia prometido quando lançou o Google eBooks - a livraria digital que já se chamou Google Editions e foi lançada nos Estados Unidos em Dezembro -, o Google vai lançar na Europa a sua livraria digital. Será até ao final do ano, foi confirmado ao PÚBLICO.
  A empresa não quis divulgar ainda em que países e em que moldes isso irá acontecer. No entanto, o The New York Times noticiou este domingo, que o Google eBooks abrirá uma versão francesa ainda este ano. Se, nos Estados Unidos, continua a ser discutido em tribunal o projecto de digitalização de livros do Google, em França, um dos países europeus que mais batalharam para proteger os direitos dos seus autores e editores, a empresa norte-americana conseguiu avançar.
  This morning saw the launch of Amazon response to Apple in-app purchase rules.
Kindle Cloud Reader is a Chrome and Safari friendly web app where you can read and (more importantly) buy Kindle ebooks. It doesn’t work on the iPhone yet, but if you download Chrome or Safari you can try it on your PC.
  Dramatic falls in hardback sales are turning the triumph of the ebook into a defeat for paper publishing, with readers in their thousands opting for electronic editions rather than expensive, dust-jacketed copies of the latest fiction titles.
  Sales of adult fiction in hardback so far this year have fallen by over 10% according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan: by this point last year, sales of the format had reached £29.7m, while this year they stand at £26.6m. Cheaper paperback sales, in contrast, have only fallen 6%. Hardback sales have fallen in volume as well as value, BookScan said, from 2.8m copies sold by this point last year to 2.6m this, echoing a trend over the last two years: 8.5m copies of adult fiction hardbacks were sold in total in 2009, compared to just 7m in 2010.
  It was an epic geekfest that could only be matched by the likes of a Comic-Con or a Star Trek convention: Googlers flocked to hear master fantasy writer George R. R. Martin talk at our Mountain View headquarters last month, in the first-ever live-streamed event for the Authors@Google series. Though you may have missed Martin live -- in which the Game of Thrones author took a variety of questions from Googlers as well as the general public -- you can now watch the recorded talk on YouTube.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the August 21, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending August 6, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
2.                      UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, by J. A. Jance
3.                      NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
4.                      COLD VENGEANCE, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
5.                      THE BLACK ECHO, by Michael Connelly

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


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