5 de agosto de 2012

Leituras Digitais (29 de Julho a 4 de Agosto)



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

An author who wants to give away their work currently has a lot of venues to do so, including Feedbooks, Smashwords, the Kindle Store, and they can even set up their own website. Last week Project Gutenberg  threw another option into the mix. It hasn’t gotten any serious amount of attention yet, but Project Gutenberg is now letting authors upload and distribute their own works. The new site can be found at self.gutenberg.org.
Esta web app responde às necessidades dos leitores e às tendências do mercado: é de fácil utilização e é flexível, pois permite que um mesmo consumidor leia o mesmo livro em várias plataformas distintas (com um limite de 5 dispositivos). Responde igualmente às preocupações manifestadas pelos editores: trata-de de uma solução segura, pois os ficheiros, ao ficarem armazenados na cloud (que não apresenta limite de capacidade), não podem ser pirateados. Ainda assim, podem ser emprestados a outro utilizador, por um período máximo de 15 dias.
On The New Republic, David Bell takes a five-page look at some of the implications e-books have for the future of libraries. In light of the New York Public Library’s ongoing plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required, Bell wonders to what extent libraries really need to keep books around anymore, and what the changing role of the library might mean in years to come.

Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor and Forge, is pleased to announce that all of their ebooks are now available DRM-free from Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google, and most other major ebook retailers.
“It’s clear to us that this is what our customers want,” said senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. “We see it in the success of SF publishers like Baen and Angry Robot that have preceded us in going DRM-free. To the best of our knowledge we’re the first division of a Big Six publishing conglomerate to go down this road, but we doubt very much that we’ll be the last.”The new DRM-free editions are available from the same retailers that have sold Tor e-books in the past. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.
Why does Amazon rule supreme in book sales? Bookseller Tim Waterstone recounts the story of how his eponymous chain was ruined by a short-term business mindset and publishers giving in to the internet behemoth.
O Click, programa de tecnologia da RTP Antena 1, abordou recentemente a modernização das bibliotecas, na inevitável adopção de funcionalidades digitais.
In the third in a series of essays on digital media and publishing, Ewan Morrison, who will appear at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, claims that as the project to monetise social media falters the self-epublishing industry's defects will be laid bare.
But rather than looking at the used book world as an annoyance, it's time for publishers to think about the opportunities it could present for ebooks. I've written and spoken before about how used ebooks could have more functionality than the original edition. You could take this in the other direction as well and have the original ebook with more rich content than the version the customer is able to either resell or pass along to a friend; if the used ebook recipient wants to add the rich content back in they could come back to the publisher and buy it.
A importância que os eBooks assumem no desenvolvimento do formato dos livros está bem patente em múltiplos estudos, e a Wook não quer ficar de fora desta revolução. A livraria online do Grupo Porto Editora já disponibilizava eBooks em língua portuguesa e inglesa mas apresentou recentemente uma estratégia para a produção, distribuição e leitura digital, que acredita que pode impulsionar o mercado, facilitando a entrada de todas as editoras portuguesas, independentemente da sua edição, na realidade dos livros digitais.
NYRB recently announced the upcoming launch of its fourth imprint, NYRB Lit, which will be releasing e-book formats of classic narrative nonfiction and contemporary fiction titles. The books in the imprint’s first-year catalog all appear to have been works that were very well-received by critics upon publication, but not necessarily noticed by the public at large. Perhaps NYRB Lit is assuming that the absence of an e-book option had something to do with each title’s initial lack of success?
Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, is announcing a partnership with mobile and social web game developer SecretBuilders to support its “50 Great Reads Before 15″ initiative, which introduces characters and storylines from popular classics and transforms them into fun and engaging digital learning experiences for kids and teens under the age of 15. Alice in Wonderland, Macbeth, Pride & Prejudice, Don Quixote and Arabian Nights are among that classics that will be accessible online as well as via mobile applications.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the August 12, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 28, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
2.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
3.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     WHERE WE BELONG, by Emily Giffin

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
2.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
3.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
4.     STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
5.     HOW TO BE A WOMAN, by Caitlin Moran

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended July 29)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Wild
1
2
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
To Heaven and Back
2
1
Mary C. Neal/Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Unbroken
3
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Killing Lincoln
4
5
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Steve Jobs
5
4
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Wheat Belly
6
William Davis/Rodale
How to Be a Woman
7
6
Caitlin Moran/HarperCollins
You Can Run but You Can't Hide
8
Duane "Dog" Chapman/Hyperion eBooks
Let's Pretend That Never Happened
9
10
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
Bailout
10
New
Neil Barofsky/Free Press

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Darker
1
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Freed
2
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades of Grey
3
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
4
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Where We Belong
5
New
Emily Giffin/St. Martin's Press
Friends Forever
6
New
Danielle Steel/Random House
Black List
7
New
Brad Thor/Atria
Deep Down
8
6
Lee Child/Random House
Bared to You
9
7
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
The Princess Bride
10
William Goldman/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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