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Leituras Digitais (25 a 31 de Março)



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

Ask people how they bookmark and annotate the books they read, and you'll receive a range of answers. Some people dog-ear, while others consider this a form of sacrilege worthy of serious punishment. Of those who dog-ear, some turn the top corner down, others the bottom corner up. Each of these may have special meanings: as a place-keeper, as a marker of progress, as a note for further study. And then there is the contested area of marginalia and underlinings. Pen? Pencil? Or does any marking make you a book-defacing heathen?
Ebooks are reinventing the way books are read and annotated. An increasing number of e-readers, including the Kindle, Kobo and the Readmill iPad app, allow readers to select pieces of text, highlight and save them, much like underlining in a traditional book – but with various advantages over a print mark-up.
In late January and early February, Bowker fielded a 25-question online survey among 1,000 to 2,000 people in each of ten countries – Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the U.S. – asking them about their reading and book-buying habits.
Australia, India, the UK and the U.S. led the world in e-book adoption rates but Brazil and India may represent the best opportunities for publishers to sell e-books in the future.
Ebook editions of JK Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter titles went on sale for the first time today, marking what is being described as digital publishing's "Beatles moment". The seven Potter ebooks were initially scheduled to launch last October on Rowling's new venture, the website Pottermore.
The first three novels cost £4.99 in ebook form, compared with a cover price of £6.99 for print editions, while the final four are priced at £6.99 in ebook compared with £8.99 in print. The ebooks are compatible with devices and platforms including Sony's Reader, Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook and Google Play.
A paper by the accountants-consultants at Deloitte in the UK, reported in the Guardian, predicts a decline of 40% in all brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years. That’s because books are not the only item for which sales are migrating from brick stores to online. We’ve already learned that books are among the items most susceptible to online purchasing for a myriad of obvious and well-established reasons. We also know that buying public in the US is at least as receptive to online purchasing as the British.
Vook, one of the pioneering e-book app developers, is launching a new business today with its Vook e-book creation and publishing platform, a comprehensive, cloud-based tool that allows authors and publishers to turn any document into a professionally styled e-book. Vook's platform then makes it easy to distribute the finished e-book to Amazon, iBooks and BN.com. The platform also allows users to embed images, videos and other multimedia into e-books to create enhanced e-books. PW has been testing the platform and it could indeed be a game changer, giving small and large publishers fairly inexpensive, one-stop access to e-book publication.
The $64 million question is how the Big Six executives and strategists are viewing these developments. There is no author in the world with the power of J.K. Rowling to do this; she’s the Beatles. But, how about a big publisher? What would happen if Random House or HarperCollins (or one or more of the other four) told Amazon, “we’re taking off the DRM and we’re going to serve all our ebooks ourselves; you’re welcome to continue to sell our books on a referral basis”?
Chegaram finalmente à Europa os e-readers Kindle Touch. Vários meses depois de terem sido postos à venda nos EUA, estes dispositivos tácteis de armazenamento de e-books chegam agora às principais economias europeias, nomeadamente ao Reino Unido, Espanha, Alemanha, França e Itália.
LG announced this morning that they’re about to start mass production of a new E-ink screen. This screen is promised to be more durable than anything currently on the market and it can flex at an angle of up to 40 degrees.
Hassler argues that rather than “pushing” manga publishing into the digital age, the genre’s robust digital piracy-base has retarded its progress. As if the challenges of image-rich content weren’t enough, Japanese publishers have feared that licensing digital editions internationally is as good as hanging out a “pirates welcome” Jolly Rodger. Consequently, digital rights have been all but impossible for US and other international publishers to negotiate.
This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 provides that an unavailable book is "a book published in France before January 1, 2001, which is commercially unavailable and is not currently published in paper or digital format." (Id.) The Law creates a public database specifically dedicated to unavailable books, accessible at no charge, which will list these titles.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the April 8, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending March 24, 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.                      STAY CLOSE, by Harlan Coben
5.                      DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay

E-Book Nonfiction

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

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended March 25)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Growing Up Amish
1
3
Ira Wagler/Tyndale House Publishers
Imagine
2
New
Jonah Lehrer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Power of Habit
3
8
Charles Duhigg/Random House
Steve Jobs
4
7
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
The Vow
5
4
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing Group
Heaven Is For Real
6
5
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Wild
7
New
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Unbroken
8
9
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Why Me?
9
Sarah Burleton/Sarah Burleton
How to Win at the Sport of Business
10
Mark Cuban/Diversion Books

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Hunger Games
1
2
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
2
3
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Mockingjay
3
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades of Grey
4
1
E.L. James/The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Fifty Shades Darker
5
5
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Freed
6
6
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Righteous
7
Michael Wallace/Thomas & Mercer
Stay Close
8
New
Harlan Coben/Penguin Group
Mighty and Strong
9
Michael Wallace/Thomas & Mercer
The Wicked
10
Michael Wallace/Thomas & Mercer

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