24 de junho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (17 a 23 de Junho de 2012)



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

After stubbornly resisting conversion of their work into e-books, J. K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Judy Blume and, most recently, Thomas Pynchon, finally succumbed.  What persuaded them?
Cynics will say they sold out, surrendering to the siren song of riches as e-sales exceed p-sales for a growing number of authors, giving an adrenalin boost to dwindling fortunes.  Certainly the writer who does not respond positively to that song falls into Dr. Johnson’s classic characterization of “Blockhead”.
But is money their only motive?  Did these men and women of the highest integrity simply sell their souls for a pot of lucre?  Or was there some other reason they heeded the call to go digital?
The longer fanfics are serialised, with the popular ones being updated every day or so. Many chapters end on true cliff-hangers; and readers are included in the writing process. Writers include disclaimers about copyright ownership and many write author notes at the beginning and end of each chapter (many of which are very entertaining in themselves). The writers invite their readers to review each chapter and sometimes even to suggest pointers for the narrative arc. ‘Beta’ readers, who qualify for the role by being experienced fanfiction writers themselves, edit the chapters before they are posted. An incredible community is built around the stories, and Tumblr and Twitter are alive with cross blogging, reviews, and accolades for favourite writers. The popularity of individual stories or writers largely depends on discovery provided by the web through reader recommendations, both on the fanfiction sites and on social media. Once a year or so, readers vote on the best fanfiction in a number of categories, and there are curated lists of recommendations too. And disclaimers are included at the beginning of each chapter, with many being very entertaining.
And the fans read and read.
On Monday, Microsoft entered the world of tablets with Surface, announced in Los Angeles. It's Microsoft hardware designed for Microsoft software, with two models, the consumer-friendly Surface RT and the Surface Pro, meant for professionals. The prices were not announced.
Responding to the new digital nature of the book business, HarperCollins has restructured its sales organization, moving analytics into the sales department, making several promotions and letting go of about half a dozen employees.
According to a company announcement from Josh Marwell, president of sales, the sales reorganization is meant to help the New York-based publisher analyze data more efficiently, price books more intelligently and better understand market dynamics. To that end, the sales analytics department will become part of the sales department.
Here are two articles that expressly discuss pirated music, but a lot of the same issues of morality and artist compensation apply to any pirated media—movies, games, and, yes, e-books. They make an interesting presentation of two sides of the piracy argument: what can be done to get artists paid for their music?
Já há ebooks portugueses à venda nas lojas Apple, Barnes & Noble e Amazon. Mas os dois grandes grupos editoriais do país, Leya e Porto Editora, têm estratégias diferentes quanto ao digital. E que futuro face ao Brasil, o gigante que também fala a nossa língua?
The pieces reminded me that though there is some element of the miraculous in the rise of e-books and e-ink and tablet computers that put the power of god and all the information in the world literally at your fingertips, there is still untapped magic in the printed book.
In early April the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report about about ebook usage in the United States.
Although libraries were mentioned/discussed throughout this report, the primary focus of the report was not libraries.
Today, Pew Internet is out with a NEW report that focuses solely on library patron (public library patrons to be specific) usage of ebooks and some related issues. Kudos to Pew for the broad picture since libraries are about more than ebooks.
A Almedina inicia este mês a venda de livros digitais em formato PDF e ePub e lança a aplicação Biblioteca Digital Jurídica Almedina (BDJUR), que permite a consulta gratuita da primeira série do Diário da República. A aplicação encontra-se disponível para descarregamento na Apple Store e é compatível com iPhone, iPad e iPod Touch.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 1, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 16, 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.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY, by E. L. James

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
2.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     NOT TACO BELL MATERIAL, by Adam Carolla
5.     COWARDS, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended June 17)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Wild
1
1
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Amateur
2
2
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
The Search for Major Plagge
3
Michael Good/Fordham University Press
Unbroken
4
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Not Taco Bell Material
5
New
Adam Carolla/Crown Publishing Group
Cowards
6
New
Glenn Beck/Threshold Editions
Favorite Wife
7
Susan Ray Schmidt/Globe Pequot Press
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
8
8
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
Full Service
9
Scotty Bowers/Grove/Atlantic
Killing Lincoln
10
9
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Freed
3
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
4
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Mockingjay
5
5
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Bared to You
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Catching Fire
7
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Hunger Games
8
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Marriage Bargain
9
10
Jennifer Probst/Entangled Publishing
A Discovery of Witches
10
Deborah Harkness/Penguin Group

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