22 de janeiro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (15 a 21 de Janeiro)



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

Frustration is building on all sides: among borrowers who can’t get what they want when they want it; among librarians trying to stock their virtual shelves and working with limited budgets and little cooperation from some publishers; and among publishers who are fearful of piracy and wading into a digital future that could further destabilize their industry. In many cases, the publishers are limiting the number of e-books made available to libraries.
The only answer I have come up with, and I don’t find it a satisfactory answer, is that of all the industries represented by the goods that Amazon sells, the weakest in every sense of the word is the publishing industry, making it the one industry that is highly vulnerable to a direct attack by Amazon. Amazon can become a major publisher because of the industry’s weakness and thus be a vertically integrated enterprise — something that would be much more difficult and costly if attempted in the movie or TV production industries.
Of course, the same question can be asked about B&N’s choice of a DRM scheme, but at least B&N has made it freely available to all other device makers. That it hasn’t been adopted by Kobo or Sony, for example, does make me wonder if B&N hasn’t made a major error in not changing its DRM scheme to be compatible with Sony and Kobo. I think given a choice between the Sony, Kobo, and B&N ebookstores, most ebookers would shop at B&N, even if they prefer the Sony or Kobo device over the Nook.
The heads of more than 4,000 public libraries across the UK have agreed to national digital standards, which include providing free internet access in every library, and the ability to join a library and renew and reserve items online.
Apple has announced a new multimedia app called iBooks Author, allowing writers to create their own e-books, in a move to rival Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.
At an event taking place in New York's Guggenheim Museum today (19th January), Apple's Phil Schiller said the free app was "the most advanced, most powerful, yet most fun e-book authoring tool ever created" designed to simplify the process of designing and selling digital textbooks through the iBookstore.
As EPUB 3 gains support among reading platforms and devices, publishers will face a time of difficult change. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
In a 6-2 ruling, the court said that, just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.”
For many self-published authors, a traditional publisher is an elusive dream. It means a team of professionals taking over marketing, advertising, publicity and the mechanics of publishing one's own book on paper and electronically. It means already forged relationships with booksellers, critics and other writers -- and it means more time to write, rather than haggling over the costs of a book cover design or editing.
For publishers, last year the star of CES was clearly the "Tablet." The tablet onslaught clearly had huge implications for publishers racing to deliver their content as widely as possible across the emerging tablet publishing channel. This year, while we saw refinements and hybridization in the tablet market space, the lack of overwhelming leaps in publication delivery technologies was good news.  CES 2012 predicts we will have a year to refine production tools and workflows to deliver content to a relatively stable delivery platform environment.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the January 29, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 14, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
2.                      THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
3.                      THE 7TH MONTH, by Lisa Gardner
4.                      LOTHAIRE, by Kresley Cole
5.                      EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, by Jonathan Safran Foer

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
3.                      AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
4.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.                      KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Jan. 15)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Heaven Is For Real
1
2
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
American Sniper
2
1
Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice/William Morrow & Co.
Steve Jobs
3
3
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Unbroken
4
5
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Killing Lincoln
5
6
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Bossypants
6
9
Tina Fey/Little, Brown
The Obamas
7
New
Jodi Kantor/Little, Brown
Hate Mail From Cheerleaders
8
Rick Reilly/Sports Illustrated
Through My Eyes
9
Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker/HarperCollins
Catherine the Great
10
Robert K. Massie/Random House


Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Hunger Games
1
1
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Mockingjay
2
3
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
3
2
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Help
4
5
Kathryn Stockett/Penguin Group
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
5
6
Stieg Larsson/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The 7th Month
6
New
Lisa Gardner/Penguin Group
Witch and Wizard
7
9
James Patterson/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lothaire
8
New
Kresley Cole/Gallery Books
Chasing Rainbows
9
7
Kathleen Long/Kathleen Long
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
10
Jonathan Safran Foer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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