30 de outubro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (23 a 29 de Outubro)

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

It is possible to suppose that the old dichotomy between books and television, or books and videogames, will be collapsed. They need not be antagonists. Digital media does more than just make it possible to reprise the choose-your-own-adventure books of my own childhood. They offer the chance to fold prose narrative into games in ways yet to be thought of.
So perhaps we should stop predicting the emergence of an illiterate, story-less generation whose only evolutionary advantage will be double-jointed Xbox thumbs. Perhaps instead we should be predicting a wonderful expansion of different ways of engaging with stories and words.
Amazon is at its most vulnerable now. That status vulnerability will change, eventually disappearing, as Amazon expands its publishing base. Amazon will become a vertically integrated company that handles ebooks from beginning to end. When that occurs, there will be no need for the traditional publisher and other bookstores will be at Amazon’s mercy.
Yet it is now that publishers can act to preserve themselves and bookstores by simply leveling the playing field. Just as publishers were able to force feed Amazon the agency system, they can modify that agency system to require that ebooks be sold in ePub with a publisher-approved DRM wrapper. Amazon needs content to survive and it is in the process of developing its own content. Because it is just starting the process, now is the time to strike.
Everything we have traditionally seen and done as professional editors is changing. I expect that in a few years the only editors still able to get work from publishers will be those in groups, not solo editors. This will be a fundamental change in how editorial work has been done.
An even more fundamental shift that I expect to see is that increasingly less work will come from publishers and the burden of hiring an editor will fall on the author. Should that occur, it will be disastrous for the author, for the editor, and for the reader. Experience so far with authors is that few are willing to invest the necessary resources for professional editing in the absence of pressure from a third party, such as pressure from a peer-reviewed journal. The gamble is too great and the value of editorial services is too ephemeral, not readily seen.
"Kindle Format 8 replaces the Mobi format and adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love", the company added.
"Bookshops play an important cultural and community role on our high streets and they are already facing the toughest conditions in order to survive. The numbers of high-street bookshops are currently declining, producing – in effect – less competition for Amazon. The suggestion by the OFT in its judgement that sellers on Amazon Marketplace offer competition to Amazon when the latter takes a commission on every sale, is difficult to understand. Any deal that threatens their survival on the high street still further should receive proper scrutiny by the government and competition authorities."
Two years ago, Barnes & Noble may have felt that it could win a price war, but Amazon never blinked. The Kindle can now be had for as little as $79, far less than the entry-level Nook at $139. The Nook Color -- a real game-changer as a quasi-tablet at a compelling $249 price point -- will be clearance-bin fodder when the slightly superior Kindle Fire hits the market at $199 next month.
Barnes & Noble only had a quarter of the market before the Kindle dropped its price into the single digits and the Kindle Fire raised the bar on what a sub-$200 tablet can do. How much smaller do you think Barnes & Noble's market will get, especially as well-read Nook owners realize that the chain may not have the financial stability to last a whole lot longer if the deficits continue?
The Wall Street Journal has an agreement with Nielsen BookScan to publish best-seller lists that include both physical books and e-sales.
Since 2009, Nielsen has provided the journal with lists based solely on hardcover and paperbacks. The Journal and Nielsen announced Friday that four charts will debut this weekend: combined e-book and physical sales for fiction and nonfiction, and e-sales only for fiction and nonfiction. Eligible releases will include self-published books, children's books and "perennials," older works that continue to sell strongly.
"This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects," explains Füssel. "There is no (reading) culture clash – whether it is analog or digital, reading remains the most important cultural technology."
However, the result of the study stands in stark contrast with the participants' subjective reaction. "Almost all of the participants stated that they liked reading a printed book best.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the November 6, 2011 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 22, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      BONNIE, by Iris Johansen
2.                      THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks
3.                      THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
4.                      CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?, by Sophie Kinsella
5.                      THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
3.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
4.                      BOOMERANG, by Michael Lewis
5.                      THE END OF NORMAL, by Stephanie Madoff Mack


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