18 de setembro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (11 a 17 de Setembro)

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

The details: Amazon is supposedly discussing with publishers a way to get books on the e-tailer’s digital platform so users could read an unlimited number for a subscription fee. The digital library reportedly would be part of Amazon’s growing Prime services, which put unlimited streaming video under its umbrella earlier this year, in addition to giving subscribers free two-day shipping for $79/year. Amazon’s digital books library, which would basically operate like a “Netflix for Books” (as a side note, it seems relevant to point out that Netflix has had problems since Amazon’s Prime Streaming Video feature was added), would, like every announcement Amazon makes, momentously affect others. This time, those “others” are libraries.
Na abertura da quinta conferência internacional do Plano Nacional de Leitura, em Lisboa, Marçal Grilo revelou que o serviço educativo e a Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação vão encetar a realização de um estudo intitulado «Novas ferramentas de leitura».
For those who enjoy visiting the public library, don’t fret. There is not much chance that libraries will be closing their doors anytime soon. The selection of eBooks compared to books on the shelves is limited, but new eBook titles are being added as the program becomes more popular. Still, some people appreciate the atmosphere of the library offering quiet reading areas, community rooms for local book clubs, computers with high speed internet, and more. However, people who previously thought the library was outdated will have a newfound respect for the updated technology. Downloadable eBooks are conveniently available online any time through selected locations, even when the library is closed for the day.
Google is close to launching an Australian version of its e-bookstore, the first time the digital company has expanded the service outside the United States.
The move raises speculation that a UK launch could be imminent. Australian technology website Smarthouse reports: "The company is believed to be planning near-simultaneous launches of the e-bookstore in Canada, the UK and Australia."
The self-pub platform Smashwords has reached a new milestone today. In what is probably a first for (the non-Amazon) self-publishing, Smashwords now has over 70 thousand books in its catalog from more than 28 thousand authors.
As Jeff Sonderman at Poynter points out, this is part of a growing trend of news organizations publishing e-books. HuffPost is joined by such venerable news organizations as The New York Times publishing an e-book about WikiLeaks, and The New Yorker publishing an e-book of 9/11 stories. Both are selling thousands of copies based on their own announcements or high Amazon rankings, and so far, The Huffington Post's first e-book seems to be on the same track.
This couldn't come at a better time for journalists who, thanks to the double-whammy of a weakening economic recovery and struggling news business models, are once again facing layoffs.
Amazon has launched a Spanish website, although Spanish readers will have to wait to get their hands on the Kindle.
The site, Amazon.es, went live today (14th September) and is offering books in Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque. Products have a minimum discount of 5% and there is free delivery for purchases above €19 (£16.49).
Sources told the Spanish press the Amazon Kindle and e-books will be made available before the end of the year.
Two Finnish universities and a Shanghai based reaserch group have formed a partnership last month. They plan to cooperate in the development of a new class of gadgets designed to solve a problems afflicting parts of rural areas of China. Not only do some areas lack reliable power, they also lack reliable communications. The new ebook reader will address this.
The Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University and the National Engineering Center of Digital Television (NERC-DTV) plan to make a low-power, reception only device based on an E-ink screen. The screen and general hardware design are expected to cheap and require minimal power, and that should make it possible to power the e-reader completely from a solar panel.
The Publishing Industry is undergoing a massive shift in revenue streams right now and its inability to understand it has already claimed its second largest book retailer and devalued the perceived value of a bestseller from $27.99 to $9.99.  Borders miscalculated the consumer’s readiness to adopt the format and had no stake in the game to offset the loss in print sales.
This new service is based on the technology developed by Discovereads, a company that was bought by Goodreads a few months back. Goodreads then fed all its member records into  the recommendation engine. That’s over 6 million members who have an average of 140 books on their shelves.
The recommendation engine measures over 20 billion data points. It tracks the reviews of a book, of course, but it also tracks when and where each book is read by each user. It also notes the relationship between books; for example, if a large number of users go from book A to B to C then a user who has already read A and B might want to read C.
The big buzz around e-books are devices, like Amazon's upcoming tablet, and apps such as Booktrack that take interacting with stories to a new level.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the September 25, 2011 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 10, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
2.                      THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan
3.                      BLIND FAITH, by CJ Lyons
4.                      MILE 81, by Stephen King
5.                      KILL ME IF YOU CAN, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      BONHOEFFER, by Eric Metaxas
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      THAT USED TO BE US, by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
4.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.                      A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard


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