12 de agosto de 2012

Leituras Digitais (4 a 11 de Agosto)



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

A Optimus Clix lançou recentemente uma aplicação de televisão que, através de uma parceria com a comunidade Winking Books, permite aos seus clientes trocar livros gratuitamente.
The problem with illustrations for e-books, Shatzkin posits, is that they’re generally intended to be instructive—but tablets offer the ability to include video instructions rather than simple still images. So why not just do that instead? It does require different skill sets, and you end up with something more like an app and less like a book, but if it meets the need better, what reason could you have for sticking with simple still images? (And why would any reader buy something with simple still images when he could get video instead?) And if the publisher still has to produce a print version anyway, this means he’s just spent a lot of extra money on video for just the on-line version that isn’t going to do one thing for the print.
The NYPL is one of the oldest and largest public libraries in the US, and the nice thing about their size and age is that they have an extensive archive of old and rare books, images, and more. Yesterday they announced plans to digitize selections from their image gallery archives and make them available via iBooks. The first title has already been released.
e-Readers, such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook, are famous for lasting months on a single battery charge. One of the draws of e-ink displays is that the power requirements are amazing because the screen does not automatically refresh. It is only when you are turning a page or navigating a menu does any serious battery drain occur with page refreshing. I have seen e-readers last over four months just lying unused and displaying a high resolution screen saver image. Many companies have taken the next step and making wall-charger powering obsolete with the advent of solar powered e-readers.  The question is, is the next generation of e-readers going to employ solar charging?
Ingram’s print-on-demand unit Lightning Source launched its new standard inkjet color book option for publishers this week, Made possible by recent developments in inkjet technology, and allowing for a much greater range of color books to be quickly printed and distributed around the world.“High-speed color inkjet printing is poised to be a real opportunity for publishers looking for more efficiency in book manufacturing and the print supply chain overall,” said Phil Ollila, Chief Content Officer, Ingram Content Group. “Through our new inkjet color option, publishers can use print-on-demand for a whole new range of titles.”
Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Play to your strengths. If you're able to write you should focus on that, and seek the advice of others who understand editing and marketing and publicity and design - rather like dealing with a real publisher. I believe that's what we'll start to see over the next few years, in fact, a gradual realisation amongst some of the self-published that they're better at (or more excited by) the publishing parts than the writing, leading to the formation of new virtual houses... In which case the eBook revolution could also see the emergence of an online world of great new designers and editors and agents and publishers. This would be extremely exciting, and very positive for the future of the written word, because these people have always been as important to the business of books and writing as the writers themselves.
Portending the death of literature isn't new. Nearly 200 years ago, Saint-Beuve supposed that "perhaps an age is coming when there will be no more writing." After all, the mass-produced book via the five century-old printing press, like all forms of organic and inorganic life, fall prey to the fatal law. The same goes for the Internet. For all its revolutionary benefits, the internet has let writers relapse into vassalage. By literature I mean the work of a singular imagination that enriches readers' intellects with thoughts printed in crisp language, banknotes from a vault of the infinite. In fact the reverse is true of the current age: our thoughts shrink to fatten the bank accounts of a few men like Jeff Bezos.
More and more of our books, music, and even personal files, however, are in The Cloud beyond our direct control. Not on our desktops, smartphones or tablets, but on remote severs, maybe thousands of miles from us, perhaps even continents and oceans away. What’s more, this issue has library angles as well.Steve Wozniak, Apple cofounder, has warned about the pitfalls of cloud computing in general, and a security breach of Apple’s iCloud only reinforced his point.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the August 19, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 4, 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.     ODD APOCALYPSE, by Dean Koontz

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
2.     DOUBLE CROSS, by Ben Macintyre
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     HOW TO BE A WOMAN, by Caitlin Moran
5.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Lucky Man
1
--
Michael J. Fox/Hyperion
Wild
2
1
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Unbroken
3
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Double Cross
4
New
Ben Macintyre /Crown
Summer at Tiffany
5
--
Marjorie Hart/HarperCollins
A Return to Love
6
--
Marianne Williamson/HarperCollins
How to Be a Woman
7
7
Caitlin Moran/HarperCollins
Wheat Belly
8
6
William Davis/Rodale
To Heaven and Back
9
--
Mary C. Neal/Doubleday Religious Group
Killing Lincoln
10
4
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Freed
1
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades of Grey
2
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
3
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
4
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
The Dark Monk
5
--
Oliver Pötzsch/AmazonCrossing
Odd Apocalypse
6
New
Dean Koontz/Random House Publishing Group
Bared to You
7
9
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
The Hangman's Daughter
8
--
Oliver Pötzsch/AmazonCrossing
The Trinity Game
9
New
Sean Chercover /Thomas & Mercer
Where We Belong
10
5
Emily Giffin/St. Martin's Press

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