4 de dezembro de 2011

Leituras Digitais (27 de Novembro a 3 de Dezembro)


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

No, it’s not a trick question.
Fact is, Amazon may not be selling your 99c ebook for 99c. It may well be selling your 99c ebook for $3.50, and pocketing most of the difference.
If libraries can be allowed to adapt to new technology they will continue to play an important role in communities. It may be appropriate to redefine the size and reach of the community in this virtual world. If libraries are seen merely in terms of stacks of print books, then the future looks to be far more menacing.
The British Library and online publisher brightsolid today launch a website that will transform the way that people use historical newspapers to find out about the past. The British Newspaper Archive website will offer access to up to 4 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland. The newspapers – which mainly date from the 19th century, but which include runs dating back to the first half of the 18th century – cover every aspect of local, regional and national news.
See: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
Gabe Newell, Valve managing director, has claimed that software piracy is a "non issue" for the company's Steam gaming service. Instead, he said that the fundamental misconception about piracy is that it is motivated by price, when Value believes that its more down to problems with service.
In a previous essay, I interviewed four self-published authors I admire, and I examined some of the benefits of that career path. Midway through writing the piece, I realized I’d have to continue the discussion in a second essay in order to fully explore my feelings (complicated) on the topic (multifaceted). You see, Reader, I still don’t plan on self-publishing my first novel, though I don’t deny the positive aspects of that choice.
There are some special points I’ll elaborate on below, but if they could be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: I have become profoundly less patient. As a customer, I am less patient with publishers who sell shoddy products or with vendors who play funny games with geographical restrictions or inflated pricing or DRM schemes that complicate my fair and legitimate use. And as a reader, I have became far less tolerant of mediocrity.
Primeiro convidado do "Porto de Encontro", um ciclo de conversas com escritores promovido pela Porto Editora com o apoio doJornal de Notícias, Gonçalo M. Tavares partilhou o seu universo literário com quase centena e meia de pessoas que, no último sábado, sobrelotaram o Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, no Porto. Para o autor de Matteo perdeu o emprego, os livros não são apenas máquinas de pensamento superiores a qualquer inovação tecnológica, mas também instrumentos decisivos para a liberdade individual.
Crítico do recurso às novas tecnologias no acto da aprendizagem da leitura, Gonçalo M. Tavares confessa ainda a sua estranheza e desabituação face às regras do Acordo Ortográfico.
Amazon has launched the Kindle Store in Spain and Italy, as well as its first Spanish-language and Italian-language Kindles, priced €99.
The Amazon.es Kindle Store launches with more than 22,000 Spanish-language Kindle books, including 20 of the top 30 El Cultural bestsellers, plus more than 1,000 free classics in Spanish and Catalan, Basque and Galician.
The EPUB format is an open source standard that defines how the content and metadata of an eBook should be packaged and how eReading devices and software should render the format to the reader. EPUB is the most widely-adopted standard for eBooks and is the format utilized by the Barnes & Noble NOOK store, iBookstore, Sony eBook store, and many others. The notable exception is the Amazon Kindle store, which is discussed below. The open source philosophy of web design and development has fostered a culture of sharing best practices and lessons learned online, and this has allowed developers to write new software and iron out bugs for web browsers that have greatly enhanced the internet in the last 15 years–making web pages evolve from the dull designs of the 1990s to the new digital reality of the 21st century. It is reassuring that eBook design and development is following a similar trend of openness and cooperation, and this will greatly benefit the reader’s experience and adoption of eBooks on an international scale.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the December 11, 2011 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 26, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN, by Janet Evanovich
2.                      11/22/63, by Stephen King
3.                      THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham
4.                      KILL ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson
5.                      V IS FOR VENGEANCE, by Sue Grafton

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      CATHERINE THE GREAT, by Robert K. Massie
4.                      KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Nov. 20)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Steve Jobs
1
1
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Imperfect Justice
2
New
Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer/William Morrow & Co.
Heaven Is For Real
3
2
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Gabby
4
New
Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly with Jeffrey Zaslow/Scribner
Killing Lincoln
5
4
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Then Again
6
New
Diane Keaton/Random House
Unbroken
7
7
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
8
Karen Karbo/Globe Pequot Press
Throw Them All Out
9
New
Peter Schweitzer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
10
6
Mindy Kaling/Crown Publishing Group


Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Kill Alex Cross
1
New
James Patterson/Little, Brown
V Is for Vengeance
2
New
Sue Grafton/Penguin Group
The Litigators
3
3
John Grisham/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Hunger Games
4
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
11/22/63
5
2
Stephen King/Scribner
Inheritance
6
1
Christopher Paolini/Random House Children's Books
Catching Fire
7
10
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Zero Day
8
4
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
Devil's Gate
9
New
Clive Cussler, Graham Brown/Penguin Group
Unfinished Business
10
7
Nora Roberts/Silhouette Special Releases

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