10 de Junho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (3 a 9 de Junho)



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

E-books accounted for 7% of consumer spending on books in 2011 and 14% of units purchased, according to the most recent data from Bowker Market Research. In 2010, e-books had a 2% share of dollars and a 4% share of units. The wide discrepancy between unit and spending gains reflects the lower price e-books have compared to print formats, especially hardcover. The increase in spending on e-books came largely at the expense of hardcover, with the market share for hardcovers falling from 42% in 2010 to 39% last year. In 2009, hardcovers held a 46% share of spending. Unit sales of hardcovers took a slightly steeper drop last year, falling from 34% of titles sold to 29%. Trade paperback fared better, with the Bowker data showing that after holding steady at 36% of spending in 2009 and 2010, trade paperback accounted for 37% of spending last year despite a dip in its share of units. The mass market paperback segment has had a steady decline in units and dollars between 2009 and 2011, with units falling from 18% in 2010 to 14% in 2011; its share of spending fell last year to 7% from 8% in 2010.
I agree that even the poorest cover-designed ebooks may still sell; the question is how many more copies would it sell if the cover were professionally designed and eye-catching? If you cannot capture a reader’s attention using the cover of your book, how much hope do you have that the reader will pause to read your blurb? There is just so much time and effort that a reader is willing to expend to find an ebook to read, and the most common sorting method that readers use is to scan cover images, pausing only on those ebooks whose cover has caught their eye.
Kobo announced today that they’ve seen stellar growth in the past year. eBook sales and sales of the Kobo Touch are both up significantly. What’s more, Kobo has nearly quadrupled their user base, with the number of people reading with Kobo internationally reportedly being up by 280%.
Publishing-industry overhaul could mean opportunities for investors.
Estão disponíveis para download as apresentações usadas pelos palestrantes no  3.º Congresso Internacional CBL do Livro Digital, que se realizou nos dias 10 e 11 de maio de 2012 em São Paulo.
Kobo’s long promised self-pub service was announced today.  It’s called Writing Life, and as you can probably guess it feeds into the Kobo eBookstore.
Details are still scarce at this time, but Kobo’s that Writing Life is in beta, with a planned at the end of June.  But there are some interesting hints scattered here and there on their website. For example, KWL accepts MSWord, text, and Kindle files. Yes, Kobo looked at what’s going on in the ebook market and figured out that they need to go after authors with books in the Kindle Store.
The first of IDPF’s two educational presentations today featured South Kent, a small Connecticut boarding school that switched last fall to a mandatory iPad only program for each of its approximately 180 students.
At just 45 minutes including a Q&A period, the presentation stayed pretty high level, so there was little insight into student performance, effect on enrollment levels, or total program costs for the year. Instead, the three South Kenters delivered an enthusiastic look at how the year went, and it was clear that they all personally considered it a success.
As traditional book shelf space continues to melt away and online storefronts become more important for book publishers to sell and market their wares, digital metadata becomes an increasingly important issue for publishers.
According to an upcoming report from the Book Industry Study Group, nearly 100% of publishers reported seeing their metadata displayed incorrectly at the online point of sale when it had been correctly sent from the publisher originally.
A new handbook from Digital Book World contributor Thad McIlroy covering the finer points of book metadata seeks to address that issue.
Unlike print versions or basic ebooks, enhanced ebooks distract children from the story and stop them remembering narrative details according to new research.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the June 17, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 2, 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.                      FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY, by E. L. James
5.                      ON THE ISLAND, by Tracey Garvis-Graves

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
2.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
3.                      WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
4.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
5.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended June 3)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Amateur
1
1
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Pure Fat Burning Fuel
2
Isabel De Los Rios/Velocity House
Unbroken
3
4
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The Manhattan Project
4
Cynthia C. Kelly/Black Dog & Leventhal
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
5
Elisabeth Tova Bailey/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Wild
6
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Skinny Rules
7
7
Bob Harper with Greg Critser/Random House
Heaven Is For Real
8
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Killing Lincoln
9
9
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Steve Jobs
10
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster

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
Mockingjay
4
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
5
5
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
On the Island
6
6
Tracey Garvis Graves/Tracey Garvis Graves
The Storm
7
New
Clive Cussler, Graham Brown/Penguin Group
The Hunger Games
8
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
11th Hour
9
8
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
The Marriage Bargain
10
10
Jennifer Probst/Entangled Publishing

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