23 de dezembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (16 a 22 de Dezembro)



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

E-readers are screwed.That's the main takeaway from Wednesdays ominously worded report from IHS, anyway. The numbers are pretty dramatic: By the end of the year, sales of dedicated ebook reading devices will have dropped 36% from 2011. Come 2016, says IHS, total e-reader sale volume will be just two-thirds of what it was last year.Yikes. Is this really the death of e-readers?
Last year, Cambridge University released digital versions of Isaac Newton’s manuscripts and notebooks. The university also launched a new website which showed a digital version of a 2,000 year-old copy of the Ten Commandments and one of the oldest copies of the New Testament. Cambridge is now continuing this program with the release of digital copies of more manuscripts.Some of these include the tenth-century Book of Deer, which is probably the oldest surviving Scottish manuscript and contains the earliest known examples of written Gaelic; the thirteenth-century Life of Edward the Confessor, which contains masterpieces of illumination; the Cairo Genizah collections, which are glimpses into the everyday live of a Jewish community in Egypt over a period of 1,000 years; digital versions of its Islamic and Sanskrit collections of both secular and religious texts, including some of the earliest surviving Qur’ans; the Nash Papyrus, which contains one of the oldest texts from the Hebrew Bible, the Codex Bezzae, one of the most important New Testament manuscripts; and others.
A Comissão Europeia aceitou as condições propostas pela Apple e por quatro editoras de livros eletrónicos, pondo fim ao processo de investigação às práticas anti concorrenciais das empresas. A decisão já era esperada e foi hoje confirmada numa nota de imprensa. O processo de investigação teve início no final do ano passado e visou apurar os efeitos negativos para o mercado de um conjunto de alterações incorporadas pelas editoras no seu relacionamento comercial com a Apple no domínio dos ebooks.
As empresas já se tinham mostrado disponíveis para alterar regras, apresentando propostas que a Comissão Europeia testou e sobre as quais pediu opinião ao mercado, através de uma consulta pública realizada em setembro. Agora confirma-se que as medidas propostas resolvem os principais receios europeus e repõem as condições adequadas de mercado.
The New York Times today announced the launch of two publishing programs — New York Times short e-books co-published with the digital startup Byliner, and TimesFiles with Vook.In collaboration with Byliner, The Times will co-publish up to a dozen New York Times / Byliner Originals in the next year featuring narratives in areas in which The Times has reporting expertise including culture, sports, business, science and health. While sometimes growing out of related Times reporting, the titles will offer new and original content that is not available in the paper or on NYTimes.com. The Originals will range from 10,000 to 20,000 words in length and are designed to be read in one sitting.
Last week’s International Conference held by the UK Publishers Association in London looked at “New Territories, New Audiences,” with a particular focus on the trio of Korea, Indonesia and Turkey.
Here’s a modest proposal about how marketers at big publishers should be organized.By audience segment, or, to use my own favored terminology, by vertical.Marketing demands it and entirely new business opportunities — beyond publishing — can arise from it.
Rights and content licensing for books remains a fairly dormant business. IPR License is a platform looking to unlock that potential revenue.
A transição para a era digital é a mais radical transformação da nossa história intelectual desde a invenção do alfabeto grego. Sim, o momento é histórico: há mudanças profundas na leitura, na escrita - e talvez até dentro do cérebro humano.
Like the record industry before it, the publishing industry is changing dramatically.  Of the Big Seven publishers (Random House, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown & Co, et al), and Scholastic), six of them–all but Scholastic– have proven to be too big to change their business strategy in a rapidly changing marketplace.  As with the record industry where changes to the labels were presaged by the demise of beloved chain stores (Sam Goody’s, Tower Records), the book industry saw the bankruptcy of Borders/Waldenbooks shutter nearly 1250 stores from its high point in 2003, when the last Borders stores closed on September 18, 2011.  Both major record labels and these major publishers have slowly changed how they do business, while smaller, niche labels and publishers have sprouted around them, and artists (both musical and literary) have opted for the control that self-releasing their work allows.
As we all know, the new norm is that in the next week there will be recorded a big surge in purchases in e-book reading hardware (including tablets, which are not just for reading). This will be followed, of course, by a surge in purchases of e-books.But what about between the surges? What’s the new level of purchase? The assumption is certainly that each surge builds on itself to increase the overall level of e-book use and purchase … is this true?Before this surge hits, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at just a couple of the countless reporting of statistics and opinions, and also at something that might have a big post-surge impact.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the December 30, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 15, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     TWO GRAVES, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
2.     THE EDGE OF NEVER, by J.A. Redmerski
3.     THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2.     KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
3.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
4.     THOMAS JEFFERSON, by Jon Meacham
5.     DAMAGED, by Cathy Glass
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Dec. 16)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Proof of Heaven
1
1
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
Killing Kennedy
2
2
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Killing Lincoln
3
6
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Team of Rivals
4
4
Doris Kearns Goodwin/Simon & Schuster
Thomas Jefferson
5
9
Jon Meacham/Random House
Damaged
6
8
Cathy Glass/HarperCollins
No Easy Day
7
Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer/Penguin Group
Eat to Live
8
3
Joel Fuhrman/Little, Brown
Wheat Belly
9
5
William Davis/Rodale
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!
10
Bob Newhart/Hyperion

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Two Graves
1
New
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child/Grand Central Publishing
The Edge of Never
2
2
J.A. Redmerski/J.A. Redmerski
The Forgotten
3
4
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
The Hobbit
4
J.R.R. Tolkien/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Gone Girl
5
7
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Wallbanger
6
6
Alice Clayton/Alice Clayton
The Black Box
7
5
Michael Connelly/Little, Brown
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
8
9
James Patterson/Little, Brown
The Racketeer
9
John Grisham/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Notorious Nineteen
10
10
Janet Evanovich/Random House

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