12 de novembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (4 a 10 de Novembro)



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

People who spend a lot of time with libraries and library patrons are quite certain that the patrons who borrow books and ebooks often also buy books and ebooks. (Library Journal offers patron data that supports that idea.) Although library services are many-faceted and not primarily designed to serve as marketing arms for publishers, the libraries themselves see the ways in which they aid discovery by their patrons.
If emails from Amazon's customer service team are a fair indicator, it appears the online retailer considers authors to be direct competitors of other authors. And email chains are all we have to go on, as Amazon did not respond to our request for comment.On Wednesday, Steve Weddle, an author of crime fiction, blogged about how he had tried repeatedly to leave a nice review for "Karma Backlash," a pulpy e-book by his friend Chad Rohrbacher, on its sales page on Amazon. Weddle's review was received but never posted.
There is the slow-motion crackup of electronics showroom Best Buy. There is Amazon’s rumored entry into the wine business, which is already agitating competitors. And there is the merger of Random House and Penguin, an effort to create a mega-publisher sufficiently hefty to negotiate with the retailer on equal terms.
Everyone knows that Fifty Shades of Grey was a runaway hit this year, but who knows which publisher it propelled to record sales in the first-half of 2012?Everyone has heard of Penguin — its Penguin Classics brand is thought to be among the strongest in publishing — but who knows just how successful the publisher has been this year in selling ebooks?And we all know that self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, but just how well do you think those scrappy upstart authors are doing against the big publishers in sales?
European Union regulators are set to accept an offer by Apple and four publishers to end an antitrust inquiry into their e-book prices, handing Amazon victory in a attempt to sell online books cheaper than its rivals.Apple and the publishers have offered to let retailers set their own prices or discounts for two years, and also suspend "most-favoured nation" contracts, which bar publishers from selling e-books more cheaply elsewhere, for five years.
E-books accounted for 22% of all book spending in the second quarter of 2012, only a one percentage point gain from the first quarter of the year, but up from 14% in the comparable period in 2011, according to new figures from Bowker Market Research. In the year-to-year comparison, the hardcover and trade paperback segments both lost two percentage points each to e-books, while mass market paperbacks’ share fell from 15% in the second quarter of 2011 to 12% in this year’s second period.
DC Comics became the first comic book publisher to make all their books available on all major e-readers. According to the Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 7, DC Comics announced their books are coming to the Kindle Store, Apple's iBookstore and Nook Book Store.
"As e-readers and tablets continue to explode in popularity it's important for us to offer consumers convenience and choice in how they download digital comics and graphic novels and these new distribution deals with the top three e-bookstores do just that,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee said. “We’re very excited to work with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble to bring best-selling DC Comics and Vertigo periodicals to their e-bookstores.”
Digital Self-Publishing has grown tremendously in the last few years. Many major players in the game have all unveiled tools and content distribution methods to help authors gain exposure and make money. Comic books, graphic novels, ebooks, and kids books all have viable avenues for people to pursue. One of the main elements that has been left out the mix is magazines. Blurb is seeking to quickly remedy this situation with new tools for Adobe InDesign.Starting today, Blurb will offer enterprising young writers the ability to self-publish their own magazines both in print and digitally. If you are a young start-up company, you might be keen to try out the Printed on Demand service. The pricing is a bit on the hefty side with single print issues costing around $6.95, but the magazines are a full 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 29 cm). If you purchase seven issues or more, you can qualify for  a discount. Think eye-catching portfolios, elegant product catalogs, or your very own monthly publication; Blurb Magazines make great leave-behinds and promotional pieces that won’t make a big dent in your budget.
Money, laws, tickets, newspapers, not to mention its many uses in art … despite the digital revolution, our world is still built on paper. Ian Sansom reflects on an enduring addiction to the white stuff.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers
A version of this list appears in the November 18, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 3, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
2.     THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA, by Jessica Sorensen
3.     THE SINS OF THE MOTHER, by Danielle Steel
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     REFLECTED IN YOU, by Sylvia Day

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
3.     A GIFT OF HOPE, by Danielle Steel
4.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5.     NO EASY DAY, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Nov. 04)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
2 WEEKS
AGO
Killing Kennedy
1
1
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Proof of Heaven
2
New
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
A Gift of Hope
3
New
Danielle Steel/Random House
Killing Lincoln
4
5
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
No Easy Day
5
2
Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer/Penguin Group
Amazing Gracie
6
Dan Dye, Mark Beckloff/Workman Publishing Co.
The Master of Disguise
7
8
Antonio J. Mendez/HarperCollins
Lost at Sea
8
New
Jon Ronson/Penguin Group
To Heaven and Back
9
Mary C. Neal/Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Choose to Lose
10
Chris Powell/Hyperion

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
2 WEEKS
AGO
The Racketeer
1
New
John Grisham/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Secret of Ella and Micha
2
Jessica Sorenson/Jessica Sorenson
The Sins of the Mother
3
New
Danielle Steel/Random House
Reflected in You
4
4
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Gone Girl
5
6
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
NYPD Red
6
7
James Patterson, Marshall Karp/Little, Brown
Fifty Shades Freed
7
8
E.L. James/Vintage
Blackberry Winter
8
Sarah Jio/Penguin Group
Fifty Shades Darker
9
10
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades of Grey
10
9
E.L. James/Vintage

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