26 de agosto de 2012

Leituras Digitais (19 a 25 de Agosto)



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

By now you’ve probably already heard that Ingram Content has a new “Standard Color” pricing program that makes self-published color Print-On-Demand graphic novels economically feasible. This means you no longer have to have material out of print. It means you have access to the bookstore market, especially the online bookstore market. You can turn a profit on shorter print runs through Diamond Comics Distributors than you previously could. It also isn’t necessarily a replacement for the comics shop or Direct Market and your profit per unit either. I’m going to step through the financials and discuss where this fits in with the world of the independent creator and the publisher. For a Webcartoonist, for instance, this is pure gravy and lets a minimum baseline print availability be established.
Think consumers have a problem with higher priced e-books? Think again.According to our new e-book best-seller list, most of the e-books that are bought each week are priced near or above $10 and the vast majority of them are published by “big six” publishers (the six largest in the U.S.: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster), which set their own e-book prices (for now).
The German Apple blog iFun is reporting this morning that Apple has temporarily blocked access to the German iBookstore. It seems that German retailers like offering discounted iTunes gift cards just as much as US retailers (Walmart has an iTunes gift card on sale right now), which Apple is more than happy to accept. Unfortunately, Germany also has laws regulating the price of books and ebooks.Last week the Buchpreisbindung, the price regulator for the German book market, sent a letter to Apple complaining about the discounts and pointing out how they violate German law. Unlike the US, Germany has strict laws covering the discounts that retailers can apply to books and ebooks. Attempts to skirt those laws can lead to a lot of expensive lawyers buying expensive cars, though I’m sure most retailers comply before that point.
In an attempt to expand its business into the fast-maturing international e-book market, Barnes & Noble announced today that it was finally launching in the UK this Fall. Analysts and observers think it might be too little too late.The announcement by Barnes & Noble had been widely anticipated, as the company had been making rumbles in the UK. In March, the bookseller hosted a developer event in London and gave some insight into its plans for a UK launch.Between then and now, Kobo formed a partnership to sell its devices in UK bookseller WHSmith (April) and Amazon cut a deal with UK bookseller Waterstones to sell its devices (May), leaving Barnes & Noble late to the dance and without a partner.
Microsoft invested $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business. As the following chart shows, that probably wasn’t a great idea: Production problems, slowing ebook sales and other factors are contributing to the Nook’s troubles.
So it looks like Amazon is planning to repeat their Kindle Fire event of last year. Some time in the next couple months we’re going to see a new Kindle Fire, a new Kindle, and a dock for the Kindle Fire.Oh yeah, Amazon owns the trademark for the term Firedock. This word had originally been registered by Grace Digital Audio, and they planned to use it for their Kindle Fire dock (which is now called the Matchstick). The trademark now belongs to Amazon. Coincidence? I think not.
Believe it or not, Generation Y might just be the most bibliophilic generation alive, according to a new consumer study. Gen Y – those born between 1979 and 1989 – spent the most money on books in 2011, knocking the longtime book-buying leaders, baby boomers, from the top spot, according to the 2012 U.S.
Confused and bewildered by too many e-book best-seller lists that don’t seem to be connected to what actually seems to be selling?  Digital Book World has built its own E-Book Best Seller-List, powered exclusively by Iobyte Solutions, with the goal of giving publishers “a better view of what is actually happening in the e-book marketplace than they already had.”The methodology used to create the list was designed to address some of the problems seen with current e-book best-sellers: One-hit wonders, the lack of differentiation between $0.99 e-books and $12.99 e-books, and no accounting for which publishers are actually selling the most e-books.
Moleskine and Evernote have just launched the Evernote Smart Notebook. The Smart Notebook comes in both lined and grid, and they’re designed to work with a new feature which has been added to the latest Evernote iOS app.The app will of course let you photograph your paper notes and add them to Evernote, which is itself a cool feature (especially when you consider the OCR abilities of Evernote).
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers
A version of this list appears in the September 2, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 18, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
2.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     THE INN AT ROSE HARBOR, by Debbie Macomber

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
2.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
3.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
4.     SOLO, by Hope Solo with Ann Killion
5.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Aug. 12)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Wild
1
2
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
2
--
J. Randy Taraborrelli /Grand Central Publishing
Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me
3
--
Ian Morgan Cron /Thomas Nelson
Unbroken
4
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The Amateur
5
--
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
The Untethered Soul
6
--
Michael A. Singer/New Harbinger
Double Cross
7
4
Ben Macintyre /Crown
Eastern Inferno
8
--
Christine Alexander, Mason Kunze /Casemate
Enslaved by Ducks
9
--
Bob Tarte/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Wheat Belly
10
8
William Davis/Rodale

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Freed
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades of Grey
3
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
4
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Bared to You
5
7
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group (USA)
Nevermore
6
New
James Patterson/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sweet Talk
7
New
Julie Garwood/Penguin Group (USA)
Where We Belong
8
10
Emily Giffin/St. Martin's Press
Slammed
9
--
Colleen Hoover/Colleen Hoover
Mockingjay
10
--
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic

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