1 de julho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (24 a 30 de Junho)




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

In contrast to the UK's famous three-for-two deals, the French state fixes the prices of books and readers pay the same whether they buy online, at a high-street giant or a small bookseller. Discounting is banned. The government boasts that price controls have saved small independent bookshops from the ravages of free-market capitalism that were unleashed in the UK when it abandoned fixed prices in the 1990s. France has more than 3,000 independent local bookshops and 400 in Paris, compared with around 1,000 in the UK and only 130 in London. But online book giants are still eating into small bookshops, many of which struggle to stay afloat.
Simon & Schuster is delighted to announce that the Folger Shakespeare Library editions are now available as eBooks, bringing this popular edition of Shakespeare’s plays and poems to students, teachers, and readers everywhere.
With this new digital publishing platform for Shakespeare’s works, Simon & Schuster, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, has created digital books that preserve the look and feel of the editions that have delighted readers for decades and made the Folger Shakespeare Library a highly-trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers alike. Each electronic edition will have the same pagination as the physical book, with hyperlinks allowing readers to move easily between text, commentary, and a host of illustrations from the Folger’s collections that bring Shakespeare’s plays and world to life.
Meeting in Brussels for high-level discussions on e-books and the digital publishing supply chain, members of the European e-book community signed a declaration supporting the idea that readers should be able to easily buy e-books and transport them between their devices.
A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, offers a glimpse at the current state of American libraries and finds them eager to lend e-books but struggling to do so, primarily because of budget limits and restrictions
publishers place on e-book lending.
Of America's 9,000 public library systems, 76 percent now offer e-books, up from 67 percent last year. But patrons are often unaware that libraries offer e-book lending -- 62 percent of those surveyed said they didn't know if their library lends e-books.
The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job of shaping the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content.
Brantley, the director of the Bookserver Project at IA, said librarians, rather than just saying yes or no to various business models put forth by the Big Six publishers, need to be much more active.
Barnes & Noble’s plans to partner with Waterstones in the UK might have fallen through, but they’re still going forward with an international Nook Store. They filed some paperwork with the SEC earlier this week and dropped a few hints.
Founder and owner Odile Hellier, along with a faithful team, has kept her shelves stocked with the best that publishers produce for three decades, running impressive literary events over the years with authors such as Raymond Carver, Edmund White, Don DeLillo, Mavis Gallant, or David Sedaris. Moreover Hellier succeeded in creating a veritable community of book lovers.
But the deregulation of book prices in the Anglo-Saxon publishing world, the rise of Amazon, and more recently the advent of e-books, took a terrible financial toll on the bookshop and had Hellier battling for years. The Village Voice’s swan song began two years ago — Hellier spoke to people far and wide trying to find a financial solution, but no one stepped up to the plate. Now that she has finally made the decision to close the bookstore, customers are having a very hard time “letting us go,” she says.
E-books will be obsolete within five years.  Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and even the humble PDF.
Never in the history of books have authors and publishers alike had access to two such fantastic bellwethers of readers’ desires than self-publishing and ebook sharing sites. Never has it been easier to take the market’s temperature and find out what’s popular.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 8, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 23, 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.     WICKED BUSINESS, by Janet Evanovich

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
2.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5.     LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, by Jenny Lawson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended June 24)

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
Unbroken
3
4
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
True Freedom
4
New
Timothy M. Dolan/Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Killing Lincoln
5
10
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Favorite Wife
6
7
Susan Ray Schmidt/Globe Pequot Press
The Skinny Rules
7
Bob Harper with Greg Critser/Random House
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
8
8
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
Steve Jobs
9
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace
10
New
Kate Summerscale/Bloomsbury USA

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
Wicked Business
4
New
Janet Evanovich/Random House
Gone Girl
5
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Bared to You
6
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
7
5
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
8
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Marriage Bargain
9
9
Jennifer Probst/Entangled Publishing
The Hunger Games
10
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic

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