2 de setembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (26 de Agosto a 1 de Setembro)



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

Here’s a little perspective: In 1939, gas cost 10 cents a gallon at the pump. A movie ticket set you back 20 cents. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the year’s bestselling hardcover book, was $2.75. For a nation suffering 20 percent unemployment, books were an impossible expense.But in just one day, Robert de Graff changed that. On June 19, 1939, the tall, dynamic entrepreneur took out a bold, full-page ad in The New York Times: OUT TODAY—THE NEW POCKET BOOKS THAT MAY TRANSFORM NEW YORK’S READING HABITS.
If you're not a fan of consumers reselling their ebooks I ask you to consider two key points John made in our conversation: authentication and revenue. One of the first steps you take after joining ReDigi is to let the service scan your music collection so they can determine what's legit and what's not. That's right, ReDigi is able to analyze your music collection to determine which songs you bought from services like iTunes vs. the songs you illegally downloaded from a torrent site. RedDigi only lets you resell songs they've identified as legitimate purchases. John tells me their ebook service will have the same forensic capabilities. That means pirated books cannot be resold through ReDigi. Better yet, the ReDigi service also puts a little "make me legal" reminder next to every illegal file it finds in a customer's collection. Click on that reminder and you'll be able to pay for each of those pirated files to make them legit. How cool is that?
The website The Bookscore aims to fill that need with its collection of aggregated reviews for new titles. On The Bookscore, the articles for a certain book are gathered so that, like on movie websites like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, a website visitor can look at a title and get an overall score for a book, averaged from multiple reviews. For example, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed currently holds a score of 8.8; “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel” is the proud possessor of a 9.1.
The current hot issue in publishing is paid book reviews, initially incited by David Streitfeld’s “The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy” that appeared in the New York Times over the weekend and profiled Jason Rutherford’s GettingBookReviews.com (now an inactive domain)–a service that was pulling in $28,000 a month for writing reviews of books commissioned by their authors.The issue grew early this week, with Salon taking on the underlying issue here–self-publishing’s uphill battle for respect.
The Brazilian website Ebook Revolution published a survey last week showing that the number of Brazilian e-book titles available jumped to 16,000 from only 11,000 since February. The survey listed e-books in Portuguese on sale in the three biggest online bookstores: Amazon, Gato Sabido and Saraiva. Of the 16,000 e-books available, 15% are public domain works, while 15% are self-published. Amazon is far behind indigenous Brazilian bookstores, offering less than 6,000 e-books, of which over 20% are from public domain.Ebook Revolution points out that Brazilian readers are warming to e-books: 30% of the copies of the Portuguese translation of Fifty Shades of Grey sold in Brazil were in a digital format, and an e-book on entrepreneurship by Bel Pesce was downloaded 350,000 times in 20 days.
While Apple, Asus, Lenovo, et al, are looking at designing the best single screen tablet, Amazon has been thinking outside the box. Today they filed for received a new patent for a dual screen tablet.As you can see from the diagram above, the concept device has a screen on both the front and the back. Now that’s relatively novel; past dual screen tablets like the Entourage Edge, original Nook, or the SpringDesign Alex had the screens side by side so the user can see both of them.  While that offered more screen real estate it also led to a bulkier device which sometimes took up more space than desired, particularly when you’re only using one of the screens.Amazon’s concept also has a pair of cameras, a mike, and g-sensor. It’s not clear from the filings exactly how you would use the device (other than the obvious details) but I bet Amazon has put some thought into it.
The Verge has gotten a second set of leaked images today, this time showing a new Kindle Touch. As you can see from the gallery below, this ereader loses the button on the existing model and appears to replace it with a button which spells out Kindle.According to the label in one of the renders this is the paperwhite Kindle. I can’t see much about this device, but if the screenshot in one of the product renders is correct I don’t think this model has sound. You can see the bottom edge in one of the product renders, and while it’s awfully fuzzy there doesn’t appear to be a spot for the headphone jack.  That’s a couple of rather curious details because the Kindle which cleared the FCC a couple weeks back was tested with headphones. And in another image one of the listed features is an integrated light, so if this is real then it could be the front-lit Kindle we’ve been waiting for.
This slowdown hasn’t been wholly unexpected by industry observers. The monthly numbers coming out of the Association of American Publishers that track the size and growth of the publishing industry have been charting a slowdown in e-book growth for much of 2012. In August, HarperCollins chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi told me that she expected digital growth to slow.Near the end of last year, Hachette Digital senior vice president Maja Thomas predicted that digital revenues at publishers would level off at some point and be two separate businesses, a digital one and a physical one. She also predicted a “natural limit” to the growth of digital, something like 50% of overall revenues. With the recent slowdown in the growth of digital, when this will happen is now very much up in the air.
The second generation Sony Wireless Reader was just released in Canada today and Good e-Reader got our hands on it the minute it was available. This new device is a direct successor of the original Sony PRS-T1 Reader that came out last year. Sony used to always released two or three devices every year, but has scaled back their operations to only market a single unit. How does it rank up against the increasingly competitive landscape of e-readers? We dive deep into the issues and give you the lowdown.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers
A version of this list appears in the September 9, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 25, 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.     BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     BONHOEFFER, by Eric Metaxas
2.     OBAMA'S LAST STAND, by Glenn Thrush
3.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
4.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein

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

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Bonhoeffer
1
Eric Metaxas/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Obama's Last Stand
2
New
Glenn Thrush/Random House
Unbroken
3
1
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The Amateur
4
3
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Wild
5
4
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Brain Rules
6
John Medina/Pear Press
Paterno
7
New
Joe Posnanski/Simon & Schuster
A Stolen Life
8
Jaycee Dugard/Simon & Schuster
A Short History of the World
9
Christopher Lascelles/Crux Publishing
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
10
Stephen R. Covey/RosettaBooks

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Freed
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
3
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
The Hunger Games
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades of Grey
5
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Catching Fire
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Rise of Nine
7
New
Pittacus Lore/HarperCollins
Bared to You
8
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
9
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
War Brides
10
10
Helen Bryan/AmazonEncore

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