12 de fevereiro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (5 a 11 de Fevereiro)



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

The ebook world is driven by so-called genre fiction, categories such as horror or romance. It's not future classics that push digital sales, but more downmarket fare. No cliche is left unturned, no adjective underplayed. At the time of writing, the bestselling Amazon Kindle book was Asylum Harbor, by Traci Hohenstein. Crime sells. Try a sample, I dare you. In digital, dross rises. But does this have implications for publishers' decision-making, as we increasingly migrate?
To mark National Libraries Day, the novelist adds an extra scene to his 1998 satire England, England in which he imagines what happens when the 'National Coalition' closes every library down.
That said, the availability of online texts offers huge and as yet unrealised possibilities. Joyce and Woolf are examples of how eager digital publishers might proceed, and even profit. Woolf was a writer of copious letters and diaries, and it would be interesting to align her fictional work with her parallel biographical work. Do parts of her life become transformed into parts of her work, or do phrases from the novels seep into her depiction of her self? Joyce, as almost everyone knows, is difficult. In the case of Finnegans Wake, every reader can probably find a joke or a pun or a reference in the book that has eluded a century of scholars. Wouldn’t Finnegans Wiki be the ideal way to pool resources and bring about the “encouragement of learning” for which early copyright yearned?
According to a new study of the textbook market by Bowker, library information science textbooks generated about 30% less revenue in academic year 2011 (ending in Spring 2011) than in the previous academic year. It topped the chart of “declining” disciplines at this morning’s Book Industry Study Group higher education publishing event in New York.
“It has to be taken into context; it’s a single year,” said Bowker vice president of publishing services Kelly Gallagher, who presented the report. “Is this a long-term trend?”
Now the US's independent booksellers have joined the boycott, with the American Booksellers Association's e-commerce platform for independent stores, IndieCommerce, beginning the process of removing all Amazon titles from its database, according to Publishers Weekly.
"While Amazon is seeking to distribute its print catalogue through conventional means, it seems that they are simultaneously pursuing a strategy of locking in ebook exclusives which other retailers are not allowed to sell. IndieCommerce believes that this is wrong," wrote director Matt Supko, in an email to independent booksellers. He also stated that "only publishers' titles that are made available to retailers for sale in all available formats will be included in the IndieCommerce inventory database".
O objetivo da Amazon é ampliar o catálogo o mais rápido possível e, para isso, ela não apenas está buscando as editoras que já vendem e-books como também vai correr atrás daquelas que ainda não oferecem conteúdo digital. Isso porque a Amazon oferece o serviço de conversão para criar livros eletrônicos – mas apenas em formato .mobi, que só é lido pelo Kindle, o dispositivo de leitura da empresa.
O catálogo de 11 mil títulos em português disponível no Brasil é considerado pequeno. Em dezembro, as lojas de e-books (Kindle Store) que a Amazon abriu na Itália e na Espanha, por exemplo, foram inauguradas com mais títulos: 16 mil e 22 mil, respectivamente. E, para comparação com o mundo físico, uma livraria grande dentro de um shopping brasileiro é considerada bem servida quando tem 20 mil títulos nas prateleiras.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the February 19, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 4, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      HOME FRONT, by Kristin Hannah
2.                      THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL OF GLENCRAE, by Stephanie Laurens
3.                      EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, by Jonathan Safran Foer
4.                      THE SUMMER GARDEN, by Sherryl Woods
5.                      PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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.                      QUIET, by Susan Cain

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Feb. 5)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Heaven Is For Real
1
3
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
The Siege of Washington
2
John Lockwood, Charles Lockwood/Oxford University Press USA
Steve Jobs
3
4
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
American Sniper
4
7
Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice/William Morrow & Co.
Unbroken
5
8
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The End of Illness
6
David B. Agus/Free Press
Black Like Me
7
John Howard Griffin/Wings Press
Quiet
8
6
Susan Cain/Crown Publishing Group
My Seinfeld Year
9
9
Fred Stoller/Fred Stoller
Killing Lincoln
10
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Hunger Games
1
1
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
2
3
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Mockingjay
3
2
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Home Front
4
New
Kristin Hannah/St. Martin's Press
The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae
5
New
Stephanie Laurens/HarperCollins
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
6
4
Jonathan Safran Foer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Summer Garden
7
New
Sherryl Woods/Mira
Private: #1 Suspect
8
7
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
Defending Jacob
9
New
William Landay/Random House
The Help
10
9
Kathryn Stockett/Penguin Group

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