8 de Julho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (1 a 7 de Julho)



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

In December 2011, we spoke to a panel of book industry and media experts to hear their bold predictions for the book publishing industry in 2012. Six months later, we’re checking in to see how many have come true, are on their way, or are looking unlikely to happen in 2012 or ever.
How accurate was our crystal ball in 2011? Read on to find out.
After relaunching in March 2012 as Google Play, Google's foray into the digital content store arena seems to have finally coalesced into what the relaunch was originally intended to cater to: content for Google Nexus.
A vast building in McAllen, Texas, was once home to a Wal-Mart -- but no longer. When the discount superstore moved to a larger location, it left behind a vast empty building. The community took advantage of the space and converted the warehouse-like building into a public library.
The size of more than two football fields, the McAllen Public Library is the largest single-story library in the country, the website PSFK writes. Its conversion from vast warehouse space to functioning library has recently made it the winner of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition by the International Interior Design Assn.
It looks like my fears that Sony was getting out of ereaders were unfounded; a new Sony Reader appeared on the FCC website Sunday.
That image at right shows the backside of the new PRS-T2 ereader, an that image is about all I have to show you. Eeverything else is either permanently concealed or won’t be revealed to the public until 29 September.
Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading Wolf Hall. Publishers are thrilled with the new data – but what does it mean for the rest of us?
In the fight between Apple, Amazon, the government, and publishers to set prices for electronic books, independents were overlooked. Now, they're banding together and voicing complaints.
Na próxima terça-feira, dia 10, a Wook (livraria virtual do grupo Porto Editora) apresentará em Lisboa, no Auditório do Edifício Grupo Bertrand Círculo (Benfica), pelas 11h30, a sua estratégia para a comercialização de eBooks, nomeadamente uma «solução inovadora que vai definir e impulsionar o mercado do eBook em Portugal». Segundo a informação já disponibilizada, esta nova solução facilitará «a entrada de todas as editoras portuguesas, pequenas, médias ou grandes, para a realidade do eBook e, ao mesmo tempo, permitirá que os leitores usufruam dos seus livros digitais independentemente dos aparelhos e respectivos sistemas operativos».
Take this for what you will, but the Chinese language edition of the China Daily newspaper is reporting that the new Kindle Fire is working its way through the factory.
According to their unattributed source, the KF2 is being assembled by Quanta (Amazon’s manufacturing partner for the current Kindle Fire). Amazon’s placed an initial order for 2 million units, and they’re due to ship to Amazon on 7 August.
As Philip Jones points out on FutureBook, the EU government had already planned to make adjustments to the VAT system that would allow e-books to be charged the same lower rates as print books, but won’t even start discussion on it until 2013, and only changes VAT to apply based on buyer’s rather than seller’s location starting in 2015.
It remains to be seen what the fallout will be from this. There’s been a lot of noise already about how the VAT for e-books is too high, and it’s taking too long to change it. What happens if France and Luxembourg decide to ignore the EU’s directive? France had said it would pay any necessary fines, though its administration has changed since then.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 15, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 30, 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.     BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     BECOMING SISTER WIVES, by Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown
2.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, by Rielle Hunter
5.     AMATEUR, by Edward Klein

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended July 1)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Becoming Sister Wives
1
New
Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown, Robyn Brown/Gallery Books
Wild
2
1
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Unbroken
3
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
What Really Happened
4
New
Rielle Hunter/BenBella Books
The Amateur
5
2
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Favorite Wife
6
6
Susan Ray Schmidt/Globe Pequot Press
Where Are They Buried
7
Tod Benoit/Black Dog & Leventhal
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
8
8
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
I Feel Bad About My Neck
9
Nora Ephron/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Killing Lincoln
10
5
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
5
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Bared to You
5
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
6
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
7
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Nerves of Steel
8
C.J. Lyons/Legacy Books
Bloodline
9
New
James Rollins/HarperCollins
Summerland
10
New
Elin Hilderbrand/Little, Brown

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