27 de novembro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (20 a 26 de Novembro)


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

Copyright is dying. Bit by bit – quite literally it turns out – copyright law is being undermined by the unrelenting realities of the information age: digitization, instantaneous copying, borderless transactions, user-generated content, and so on. Despite efforts to salvage it – including the hotly contested new “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) bill – there is no putting the genie back in the bottle.
W H Smith has launched a colour WiFi Kobo e-reader, priced £169.99 and with a multimedia touch screen and social media tie-in.
The Kobo Vox, which is available from today (23rd November) in more than 650 WHS stores and online, has a seven-inch, anti-glare screen, and a full colour screen as well as video and audio technology meaning it can be used to listen to music, play games and watch videos as well as readng e-books and viewing illustrations. It also has Kobo's social media tool feature, Pulse, which enables users of the Vox to share book reviews, comments and conversations on Facebook, Twitter or within the book itself.
The ease of access has caused the lack of effective gatekeeping to cast its net much wider than just the Internet. Increasingly, traditional publishers seem to be publishing whatever they can get their hands on and in whatever condition they grabbed the book. The dark side of the Internet is the lowering of quality acceptance/expectations and the increasing demand for lower prices. This is not to say that as price increases, quality increases; there is definitely no upward correlation between the two as the Agency 6 prove on a regular basis. However, there is a correlation between lower price and lower quality — absent sufficient revenue, essential production services, such as editing, are bypassed. (Yes, I, too, can point to examples of outstanding quality ebooks that are free; yet being able to do so doesn’t negate the validity of the statement when discussing the broader ebook market.)
The lesson is that we need to work harder on figuring out a way to correlate price and quality and find that sweet spot that satisfies both. I expect that within the next few years we will come close to resolving the matter even though I currently have no idea as to what is a practical solution.
No texto, Meek lembra depois que houve um tempo em que as bibliotecas eram privadas, a que se seguiu o momento das bibliotecas públicas e hoje estamos na época em que a Amazon tem o top “Most Highlighted Passages of All Time”, “ranking” das frases mais sublinhadas pelos leitores nos ebooks da Amazon. Este é também o tempo em que as bibliotecas já começam a ter serviços de empréstimo digital e, desde há duas semanas, a Amazon norte-americana anunciou um novo serviço de empréstimo de livros aos leitores. Por enquanto só está acessível a quem tem um Kindle, vive nos EUA e é membro Amazon Prime (custa 79 dólares por ano, traz outras vantagens como acesso ao Prime Instant Vídeo, filmes em “streaming” sem limite). No The Kindle Owners’Lending Library estão disponíveis obras de ficção e não ficção. Podem ser lidas de graça em todos os modelos de Kindles e também no tablet da Amazon, o Kindle Fire.
Online environments don’t signal the death of reading – far from it. They can actively promote books to children, and pique their interest in new characters and stories. But just as a child will clamour to see a film adaptation of a favourite book, so they will seek out the virtual environment that brings that book to life. An online world that presents new challenges, new content and new games for a child is like giving them a new variation of that film every day, and letting them star in it.
It is hard to imagine that any publisher would not pursue digital initiatives, given the speed with which they are being adopted, but like the booksellers, they also confront distribution and production challenges that are formidable. If the past is a useful guide, there will be continued dynamic change, with winners among them--the iPad, Nook, Kindles, Canadian-based Kobo, POD machines, and such innovators as Mitchell Kaplan--and losers, the most spectacular case being the collapse of Borders in 2011, which sharply reduced the retail shelf space and thus further increased the appeal of e-books. What we can say with certainty is that the transformation of publishing currently under way has demonstrated the viability of books in the digital age. And that is definitely good news.
There will be no fixed price for electronic books in The Netherlands. Secretary Halbe Zijlstra from the Department of Culture wrote this to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Early last year, former Minister Ronald Plasterk announced a study on the impact of the e-book on the book market. According to him, the e-book could develop into a serious alternative to the physical book, and therefore it had to be seen whether a fixed price would be desirable.
In looking ahead, there has to be a number of get-your-shit-together moments. From publishers, it will have to be over how much risk they can accept when it comes to their digital properties. Until then, we will be at the mercy of their whims. For librarians, it will be about the actual cost of access and availability of eBooks. We can’t trade our dollars and principles for materials that do not match our institutional values. There will be some more dustups, more drama, and more blowups between publishers and librarians. I know we’ll get through it, but I’m not optimistic about how that might look in five or ten years from now. In the meantime, I just ready myself to be disappointed.
A Marka concebeu e desenvolveu, em parceria com engenheiros formados e universidades portuguesas, uma ferramenta inovadora de Gestão de Bibliotecas Digitais
“As Bibliotecas já dispõem de um sistema de gestão de conteúdos digitais que permite a disponibilização de eBooks de uma forma de fácil, de rápida implementação e sem utilizar recursos humanos ou informáticos (hardware ou software) das bibliotecas aderentes”, informa comunicado da empresa.
Entre as suas vantagens para as bibliotecas estão: a liberdade de escolha dos ebooks que desejem disponibilizar aos utilizadores; a liberdade de escolha do fornecedor do livro digital.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the November 27, 2011 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 12, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      11/22/63, by Stephen King
2.                      THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham
3.                      ZERO DAY, by David Baldacci
4.                      THE NEXT ALWAYS, by Nora Roberts
5.                      THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
2.                      SEAL TARGET GERONIMO, by Chuck Pfarrer
3.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
4.                      BACK TO WORK, by Bill Clinton
5.                      KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Steve Jobs
1
1
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Heaven Is For Real
2
5
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
SEAL Target Geronimo
3
New
Chuck Pfarrer/St. Martin's Press
Killing Lincoln
4
2
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Back to Work
5
New
Bill Clinton/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
6
3
Mindy Kaling/Crown Publishing Group
Unbroken
7
6
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Catherine the Great
8
New
Robert K. Massie/Random House
Boomerang
9
9
Michael Lewis/W.W. Norton & Co.
Jack Kennedy
10
4
Chris Matthews/Simon & Schuster


Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Inheritance
1
New
Christopher Paolini/Random House Children's Books
11/22/63
2
New
Stephen King/Scribner
The Litigators
3
3
John Grisham/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Zero Day
4
2
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
The Next Always
5
1
Nora Roberts/Penguin Group
The Best of Me
6
6
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing
Unfinished Business
7
7
Nora Roberts/Silhouette Special Releases
The Hunger Games
8
10
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Last Breath
9
9
Michael Prescott/Michael Prescott
Catching Fire
10
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic

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Kyobo E-reader (mirasol display)

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