18 de março de 2012

Leituras Digitais (11 a 17 de Março)



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

Composition No 1 is made up of 150 unbound pages, which may be read in any order. Each page consists of a single short text; it's up to the reader to draw a continuous story from them. So far, so experimental. But the electronic edition shuffles these pages for you, speeding them past so fast that they become indistinguishable. Only by touching and holding the screen is the page revealed. Once released, the page whips away again and cannot be revisited until the whole book is completed. In this way, the design enforces – indeed, embodies – physical and mental attention. A fitting metaphor for the book in an age of distractions.
At Goodreads, our passion and mission is helping readers discover and share books they love. In our work with publishers and authors, we see several book discovery trends developing. Some of these trends I shared in a speech at Tools of Change in New York last month. We analyzed a staggering 5,750,000 books that Goodreads members discovered (added to their to-read shelf) in January 2012, and broke them down by how the members found them. The readers adding those books lived in hundreds of different countries (though the US is our largest market), and represent both avid bookworms and casual readers.
Swell Accessories has announced that they are making covers for all Kindle models using old books. The BookCase is made from vintage hardback book covers “lovingly sorted and hand picked for their size and interest.” The repurposed covers offer those with an e-reader the opportunity to still feel like they’re holding a book when they’re reading.
Coker wrote on the Smashwords website: “I met with PayPal this afternoon at their office in San Jose. They will soon announce revised content policies that I expect will please the Smashwords community. Effective immediately, we are returning our Terms of Service to back to its pre-February 24 state. Beyond that, our friends at PayPal have asked me to hold off sharing additional details until they’ve had a chance to finalize their new policies. Thank you for your patience and support during this crazy last few weeks.”
Peeking at one of Polskin’s “Mobile Media Consumption Reports” from October 2009, I see that just 1 percent of riders were using e-readers, while in his 3/5/2012 report e-reader usage is up to 6 percent. Given the size of the sample, the numbers fluctuate significantly from week to week, but Polskin cleverly trumps this as real news. (“Magazines and books posted 3% gains in usage.”) But there is at least one definitive fact in the survey: “For the record, I have not seen a Discman or Walkman in the more than two years I have been recording this information on and off,” he writes.
The eBooks on Demand (EOD) service, which enables to order digital copies from copyright free books, is now provided by 30 libraries in Europe.
The recent libraries offering the EOD eBooks are: National Library of Sweden, Library Am Guisanplatz in Switzerland, the Central Library of Slovak Academy of Sciences and Salzburg University Library in Austria.
Already digitised items as well as books offered for digitisation are made available by the EOD search. However, only half of the EOD libraries are ingested at this time. “It has been a pleasure to see that already 600 registered users have found the EOD search a useful tool,” says Silvia Gstrein, the EOD Project Coordinator. “We will continue to include more libraries in the EOD search,” she assures.
“Research says that kids entering first grades – some of them have a vocabulary of only around 3,500 words, while others have vocabularies of 12-14,000 words – so there’s a gap that exists from the beginning, right from the beginning. But nobody wants to talk about that. And nobody wants to talk about that one simple reason: demographics locate the major reading problems among the black and poor communities, so people are shy about saying anything about it, although it’s more and more true that it’s coming with white kids as well, but the demographics and unemployment…people are just shy about addressing the problem.”
Regardless, with its Mass Effect 3 cross-platform linkage, EA seems to be taking to heart the advice Elisabeth Murdoch gave a couple of years back about making the media experience “irreducible to a single file.” To get the whole experience, you don’t just buy a game—you buy into a setting. Perhaps printed book writers and publishers could learn a lesson from this.
With all the attention that the US Department of Justice’s e-book price lawsuit threat is getting, it can be easy to forget that there’s some anti-trust investigation going on over on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Reuters reports that the European Union’s competition commissioner wants to reach a settlement with publishers over agency e-book pricing.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the March 25, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending March 10, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
2.                      FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.                      FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
4.                      FAIR GAME, by Patricia Briggs
5.                      DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      THE VOW, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
2.                      THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg
3.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
4.                      FREE WILL, by Sam Harris
5.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Mar. 11)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
We Die Alone
1
David Howarth/Globe Pequot Press
The Vow
2
1
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing Group
Ghosty Men
3
Franz Lidz/Bloomsbury USA
The Power of Habit
4
3
Charles Duhigg/Random House
The Magic
5
New
Rhonda Byrne/Atria Books
Heaven Is For Real
6
4
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Growing Up Amish
7
Ira Wagler/Tyndale House Publishers
Free Will
8
New
Sam Harris/Free Press
Steve Jobs
9
5
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
An Unexpected Twist
10
Andy Borowitz/Andy Borowitz

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
Fifty Shades of Grey
3
2
E.L. James/The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Mockingjay
4
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades Darker
5
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Freed
6
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fair Game
7
New
Patricia Briggs/Penguin Group
Defending Jacob
8
9
William Landay/Random House
The Thief
9
New
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott/Penguin Group
Wrath
10
New
Laurann Dohner/Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

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