29 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (22 a 28 de Maio)



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

  Built using XML and Web standards, EPUB 3 supports a number of new features that have become more necessary as publishers and authors innovate how content is created and packaged:

  • Video
  • Audio
  • Interactivity
  • Global language support
  • Multicolumn layout
  • Hyphenation
  • Embedded fonts
  • Enhanced metadata
  • Improved accessibility
  • MathML
  • and more
  The all-new Nook is being styled as the easiest e-reader on the market. It features a 6-inch touchscreen display and it weighs just 210g. The device offers up to two months battery life on a single charge and will retail for $139 (£85.89). It has wi-fi but not 3G and will ship into the United States this summer. The new Nook also features Nook Friends—a book recommendation-based social network that will be backed by MyNook, a website for sharing with friends.
  Continuing the recent trend of slowly filling in the details of the upcoming tablet additions to the Kindle family, we have finally gotten a little bit in the way of technical specs. It is certainly true that you have to take everything these tipsters say with a grain of salt, but the timing seems right for more information to be making its way out and the site that released the information has a fairly reliable track record.
  One of the key buzzwords of this BEA is “discovery.” In an age of abundance (as reported last week, more than 3.2 million books were published last year), getting your book to cut through the noise is a very complicated, yet essential, matter. This is especially difficult in the digital marketplace, where there are no bookstore displays to facilitate “happy accidents,” and no booksellers to match favorite books with loyal customers.
  There were a couple of tell-tale signs last week that Google may be having some pain and problems with its vastly ambitious Google Books project. First, was the news that Google was pulling the plug on its corresponding, open-ended, plan to scan and database masses of historic newspaper archives. Second a report that Google was diverting all its programmers from its eBookstore and perhaps not vigorously pursuing plans selling eBooks.
  Good news for the companies that announced new e-readers this week: The number of people in the U.S. who own an dedicated e-reader (not an iPad or other multi-function tablet) has quadrupled since 2009, to 8.7 percent of the population (20.6 million people), new research from eMarketer shows. By 2012, the company predicts that 12 percent of U.S adults, or 28.9 million people, will own an e-reader, up from 1.9 percent in 2009.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the June 5, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending May 21, 2011.


E-Book Fiction

1.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
2.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
3.                      10TH ANNIVERSARY, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4.                      THE JEFFERSON KEY, by Steve Berry
5.                      BURIED PREY, by John Sandford

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
3.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
4.                      AREA 51, by Annie Jacobsen
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

Vídeos

Barnes and Noble Launches Touch-screen Nook

Kobo eReader Touch Edition Demo

Interview with Mike Shatzkin, BEA 2011

28 de maio de 2011

Clássicos da Literatura com a Revista Focus

A partir de 29 de Junho será possível adquirir uma das seguintes obras pelo preço adicional de 1,99€:
  • 29 Junho: Romeu e Julieta, William Shakespeare
  • 6 Julho: Tristão e Isolda, Anónimo
  • 13 Julho: A Idade da Inocência, Edith Warthon
  • 20 Julho: Orguho e Preconceito, Jane Austen

25 de maio de 2011

Curso "Os Livros Esotéricos de Fernando Pessoa"

  O curso será coordenado por José Manuel Anes, licenciado em Química, durante 19 anos Criminalista do Laboratório de Polícia Científica da Polícia Judiciária. Foi ao longo de 18 anos docente convidado da FCSH/UNL, leccionando cadeiras de Métodos Quantitativos e, nos últimos anos, de Antropologia da Religião. Doutor em Antropologia pela FSCH/UNL. Membro da ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism), é autor de uma tese de doutoramento nesta área. Também é autor de vários livros, entre os quais Fernando Pessoa e os Mundos Esotéricos (3ª edição e com uma 1ª edição em castelhano), Os Jardins Iniciáticos da Quinta da Regaleira (2ª edição), Um Outro Olhar - A Face Esotérica da Cultura Portuguesa e A Alquimia, os novos alquimistas e as novas espiritualidades, todos editados na Ésquilo.
Inscrição: 40€
Data: 20 e 27 de Junho e 4, 11, 18 e 25 de Julho, entre as 18h30 e as 20h30
Local: Casa Fernando Pessoa


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Livros e Negócios


Livros e Negócios: Jornadas de Gestão e Marketing Editorial
Data: 27 de Maio, das 10.00h às 18.00h
Local: Sala de Actos – Reitoria da Universidade de Aveiro

23 de maio de 2011

Para Acabar de Vez com a Leitura

  Quais são hoje as grandes questões relativas ao livro e à leitura no nosso país? Apesar das grandes mudanças que assistimos no nosso tempo, o livro mantém um papel central como factor de educação, de cultura e de entretenimento. Temos, por um lado, cada vez mais meios para comunicarmos a palavra. Por outro, no mundo da internet, a escrita perde peso e torna-se cada vez mais utilitária. O Chapitô propõe uma reflexão sobre que mundos e livros nos aguardam.
Para acabar de vez com a leitura: “Já não preciso de ler uma biblioteca para escrever um livro?”
Convidados: Afonso Cruz, Juva Batella, Rui Zink e Sara Figueiredo Costa
Moderação: Rosa Azevedo
Data: 25 de Maio, pelas 22.00h
Local: Chapitô

22 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (15 a 21 de Maio)


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

  In the age of rapid digital revolution in publishing, when readers have book review options ranging from decades-old publications like The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review, to Twitter book clubs, literary websites, online publications like this one, and Amazon reader reviews, what is the role of the book reviewer? And how has that role changed?
  It is definitely no longer a secret that Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) is working on a Kindle Tablet.  It hasn’t been for a good long while now.  While Amazon has not officially come out and confirmed or given any details on what we can expect, little by little details are leaking out and causing talk.
  Curatorship and discoverability -– these were the buzz terms at the UK’s Book Industry Conference (BIC) which opened on Monday in King’s Cross, London.  Speakers representing independent shops on both sides of the Atlantic emphasized how good bricks and mortar bookshops are at “curating” a vibrant stock perfectly tailored to their community, while both said that one of the key ways in which physical bookshops can win in the battle against the online giants is in their ability to act as a huge shop window. Put simply, more books are discovered in bookshops than they are on Amazon.
  Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than paperbacks and hardbacks combined, with its UK business shifting twice as many e-books as hardbacks, it has announced today.
Gordon Willoughby, the European director for Kindle, called the UK rate of Kindle purchases “truly astonishing” considering the company has been selling hardbacks for 13 years, and Kindle books for nine months. Since 1st April 2011, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.co.uk has sold, it has sold 242 Kindle books. The figure excludes free Kindle books but includes hardcover sales even if there is no equivalent Kindle edition.
  Waterstone’s parent company HMV announced this morning that it would sell the UK book chain to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut’s company, A&NN Capital Fund Management, for GBP 53 million.
  In a surprising move, The Bookseller reports that Waterstone’s current Managing Director Dominic Myers will be replaced by James Daunt to run the bookstore chain after the deal is completed. Myers will take on another role within HMV.
  When Amazon talks about how ebooks are selling in relation to print books, as they did again this week, they are comparing apples to apples. They are comparing what their customers bought in digital form versus what they bought in print in any given period of time.

  When PW or the AAP or even the publishers themselves talk about how the industry is doing selling ebooks in relation to print books, they are usually comparing apples to oranges. They are comparing what actual consumers bought from retailers in digital form with what retailers and wholesalers bought from publishers in print form for any period of time. So they are comparing ebooks that consumers actually bought now with print books that consumers might, or might not, buy later.
  I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to a first-time author. A self-published book is almost certainly going to end up on the digital slush pile, with fewer readers than the average blog post. But for a writer like me, which is to say, most working writers — midcareer, midlist, middle-aged, more or less middlebrow, and somewhat Internet savvy — self-publishing seems to make a lot of sense at this point. Early in my career, because of some lucky breaks and a kinder economy, I was able to get advances that helped me support my family over the months it took to write a book. I haven’t been a huge best seller, and I’ve never seen a residual check except for an independently published book of crime stories that I edited, and that was only because I got nothing up front. But I’ve built a modest audience and a name. Now that the advances are smaller and the technology is available, why not start appealing directly to those readers?
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 29, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending May 14, 2011.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
2.                      BURIED PREY, by John Sandford
3.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
4.                      10TH ANNIVERSARY, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5.                      DEAD RECKONING, by Charlaine Harris

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson
4.                      LIES THAT CHELSEA HANDLER TOLD ME, by Chelsea Handler, Glen Handler, Roy Handler and others
5.                      SEAL TEAM SIX, by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

Apresentações

 

Vencedores dos Nebula Awards 2011


Foram ontem apresentados em Washington os vencedores dos Nebula Awards 2011, do Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults e do Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. Estes podem ser abaixo consultados, juntamente com os restantes nomeados para cada categoria. 
Short Story
·               ‘‘Arvies’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine 8/10)
·               ‘‘How Interesting: A Tiny Man’’, Harlan Ellison® (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
·               ‘‘Ponies’’, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/17/10)
·               ‘‘I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno’’, Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed Magazine 6/10)
·               ‘‘The Green Book’’, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine 11/1/10)
·               ‘‘Ghosts of New York’’, Jennifer Pelland (Dark Faith)
·               ‘‘Conditional Love’’, Felicity Shoulders (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine1/10)

Novelette
·               ‘‘Map of Seventeen’’, Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
·               ‘‘The Jaguar House, in Shadow’’, Aliette de Bodard Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 7/10)
·               ‘‘The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara’’, Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
·               “Plus or Minus’’, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine12/10)
·               ‘‘Pishaach’’, Shweta Narayan (The Beastly Bride)
·               ‘‘That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made’’, Eric James Stone (Analog Science Fiction and Fact 9/10)
·               ‘‘Stone Wall Truth’’, Caroline M. Yoachim (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 2/10)

Novella
·               The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi (AudibleSubterranean)
·               ‘‘Iron Shoes’’, J. Kathleen Cheney (Alembical 2)
·               The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
·               ‘‘The Sultan of the Clouds’’, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 9/10)
·               ‘‘Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance’’, Paul Park (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1-2/10)
·               ‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine Summer ’10)

Novel
·               The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
·               The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
·               Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
·               Echo, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
·               Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
·               Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
·               Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (directors), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) (Illumination Entertainment)
·               Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’, Richard Curtis (writer), Jonny Campbell (director)
·               How to Train Your Dragon, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (directors), William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders (screenplay) (DreamWorks Animation)
·               Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
·               Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright (director), Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay) (Universal)
·               Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich (director), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich (story) (Pixar/Disney)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
·               Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
·               White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
·               Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
·               Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
·               The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
·               I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
·               A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
·               Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

19 de maio de 2011

José Saramago homenageado na Feira do Livro de Sevilha

  "Sobre a cegueira e a lucidez" é o lema da edição deste ano da Feira do Livro de Sevilha, que começa hoje na cidade espanhola e homenageia José Saramago, Prémio Nobel da Literatura 1998.

  A menos de um mês do primeiro aniversário da morte do escritor falecido a 18 de junho de 2010, o certame é dedicado a Saramago (1922-2010) pela relação especial que o escritor sempre manteve com Sevilha, refere o diretor da feira, Javier López Yáñez, no sítio do certame na internet.

  Pilar del Rio, agradeceu a iniciativa da organização do certame e garantiu que participava ativamente na homenagem ao marido, considerando tratar-se de uma "boa notícia".

  A viúva do escritor estará ainda presente num recital de Esperanza Fernández, intitulado " Saramago Jondo", a realizar às 21:00, na Pérgola, num ato que é apresentado por Pilar del Rio e Cármen Mejías e organizado pelo Centro de Estudos Andaluzes.

Uma Noite com Pessoa


Inicia-se hoje o ciclo “Uma Noite com Pessoa”, ao longo do qual vários escritores vão dormir no quarto de Fernando Pessoa. João Gilberto Noll será o primeiro a passar a noite no refúgio do poeta, seguindo-se, entre outros, Valter Hugo Mãe, Lídia Jorge, Nuno Júdice e José Eduardo Agualusa. 
Cada um dos participantes escreverá acerca da sua experiência, contribuindo para um livro que deverá ser editado em 2012.

18 de maio de 2011

Philip Roth vence o Man Booker International Prize 2011

Philip Roth é o vencedor da edição de 2011 do Man Booker International Prize. O prémio, no valor de £60,000, é atribuído a um escritor de 2 em 2 anos, reconhecendo a sua carreira literária ao invés de se focar apenas num único título. 
  Announcing the winner, Rick Gekoski, chair of the judges, said that for 50 years, Roth's books have "stimulated, provoked and amused an enormous, and still expanding, audience".

  "His imagination has not only recast our idea of Jewish identity, it has also reanimated fiction, and not just American fiction, generally," said Gekoski. "His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better. In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality. Indeed, his most recent, Nemesis (2010), is as fresh, memorable, and alive with feeling as anything he has written. His is an astonishing achievement."

17 de maio de 2011

Seminário "A economia das línguas portuguesa e espanhola"

  O Instituto Cervantes, o Instituto Camões e a Casa da América Latina de Lisboa, com a colaboração do ISCTE, organizam este fórum que tem por finalidade fazer um balanço e lançar o debate sobre o futuro da língua portuguesa e da língua espanhola. A relação entre elas, bem como a sua internacionalização e estratégias de cooperação, são um importante fator de afirmação do espaço ibero-americano e demais territórios de língua portuguesa no mundo. O fórum terá como principais eixos de análise a economia e a indústria das línguas, da cultura e da comunicação. Este fórum elege, como principais dimensões de análise, a economia, as indústrias da língua e as indústrias culturais.
A economia das línguas portuguesa e espanhola
Data: 19 de Maio
Horário: Das 9.30h às 18.00h

37.ª edição da Festa do Livro do Funchal


Organizada pela Câmara Municipal do Funchal, e pela primeira vez com o apoio institucional do Plano Nacional de Leitura, a 37.ª Festa do Livro do Funchal inicia-se no próximo dia 20 de Maio, estando confirmada a presença de diversos escritores de renome, tais como José Luís Peixoto, Lídia Jorge, Mário Zambujal e Valter Hugo Mãe.
O programa completo do evento pode ser consultado neste link.

37.ª edição da Festa do Livro do Funchal
Data: 20 a 29 de Maio
Local: Avenida Arriaga, Funchal
Horário: 2.ª a 6.ª Feira das 13H00 às 21H00
Sábados e Domingos das 10H00 às 21H00
Entrada: Gratuita

15 de maio de 2011

Leituras Digitais (8 a 14 de Maio)



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

  Without going into the many causes of this fact (high prices for ebooks, geographical limitations on sales and so on), it is worth considering whether the rise of the pirate sites is actually all bad for the sales of ebooks…. And it seems that perhaps the picture is not as black and white as is generally thought.
  In a post on the CBC website, this is gone into at some depth, and it would appear that instead of decreasing legal sales of ebooks, the appearance of any particular ebook on a pirate website can  actually increase the legal sales of that particular ebook – in other words, the illegal copies seem to act as a sort of advertisement for the legal ones, if you see what I mean.
 The Namibian government has a goal of installing computers in every school and every community library in the country by 2014. This is one of the key objectives of the country’s Vision 2030 policy, according to Veno Kauaria, Director of the Library and Archive Service in Namibia’s Ministry of Education. But like many African countries, it faces crippling infrastructure challenges: an inadequacy of electricity supply, and of internet connectivity.
  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Is it the end for publishing - or a new beginning? These days publishers are all too familiar with reading their own obituaries. I hope the next two days will put paid to that. The book industry is not on the verge of extinction - or it needn’t be. Every new form of information technology sounds the death knell of previous forms - or so runs the familiar argument. Radio signalled the end of print, TV the end of radio, cinema the end of theatre - and so on. Since all this is demonstrably untrue, it’s strange that we still give it so much credence. Each medium was indeed transformed by its presumed assassin. But through the change, they not only survived - but actually thrived in a new age.
  How do you light a reflective screen?  I’d go with a clip on light, myself, but the only real way to integrate a light source would be to embed a front light. That’s what Qualcomm did with their new Mirasol demo. And this is indeed their new demo; it’s the first time it’s been shown off.
The bad news is that the finished products won’t hit the market until fall.
  Push Pop Press, a company set up by former Apple employees Kimon Tsinteris and Mike Matas, has published Our Choice, an app version of Gore’s 2009 book about global warming.
The app, according to Push Pop Press, “will change the way we read books”. It combines high quality photography with interactive graphics and animations. There is narration from Gore himself and more than an hour of video.
  Though the idea of publishing as a data-driven industry may still be anathema to its old guard, the Book Industry Study Group’s 8th annual Making Information Pay conference hammered home once again that gathering and managing the right data is critical to “future-proofing” the industry. The key is using data to improve content and product development, book discovery and rights management, as well as customer loyalty and profitable growth, said Book Industry Study Group chair Scott Lubeck in his introduction to the ten presentations packed into last Thursday morning’s meeting at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York.
  Dedicated e-readers could die out within five years, killed off by the rise of smartphones at the lower end of the market, and by tablets at the top. That’s the view of Benedict Evans, digital media guru at London-based consultancy Enders Analysis and Chair of the final day of the World e-Reading Congress which concluded in the city Wednesday (read our coverage of the first day’s session).  “At the moment, readers have a window driven by price because tablets are so expensive. But I think many more people will read on phones in the future. The Kindle is dreadful -– it’s like reading a fax, and you have so little on the screen…”
  Blogger. Vlogger. Tweeter. Author. Journalist. These words aren’t synonymous, and yet they all have one thing in common: behind these terms are people who are jockeying in the media world for your attention. They could be selling something (whether novel or life insurance), cooking something, “curating” something, or actually reporting something. No matter what their goals are, their media platforms differ as much as their topics.
  It’s rightly claimed that no technology ever dies completely — there are still buggy whips being made, you can still listen to AM radio, and you can still dance the jitterbug to a live band. But there is a threshold below which the impact of a technology becomes negligible. When this happens, artists, creative people, and innovators move on.
 The printed book will persist. It will just become something different — carefully crafted infrequently and for collectors.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

  These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 22, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending May 7, 2011.


E-Book Fiction

1.                      DEAD RECKONING, by Charlaine Harris
2.                      10TH ANNIVERSARY, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
3.                      WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
4.                      SOMETHING BORROWED, by Emily Giffin
5.                      NO TIME LEFT, by David Baldacci

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
2.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
3.                      DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU?, by Steven Tyler
4.                      STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS, by Rob Lowe
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

Vídeos

Interview with Lulu CEO Bob Young
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