2 de dezembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (25 de Novembro a 1 de Dezembro)



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

Tablets and other digital reading devices are expected to be big sellers this holiday season due in part to the growing number of devices available from a host of manufacturers (Tale of the Tablets: 2012). But as the number of devices swell, the places where consumers go to buy e-books and other digital content continues to be concentrated in some familiar spots, at least up until now.According to the Book Industry Study Group’s fourth volume in its “Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading” survey series, 73% of e-book buyers bought (or got an e-book for free) from Amazon, with 21% getting their e-books from Barnes & Noble.com. Both of those company’s apps have also gained some traction. Despite problems getting titles from some of the major trade houses, libraries were used by 11% of e-book readers to attain e-books. Apple’s content stores were only used by 10% of e-book users, but that is expected to change as device sales pick up.
Every day, a new app or service arrives with the promise of helping people cut down on the flood of information they receive. It’s the natural result of living in a time when an ever-increasing number of news providers push a constant stream of headlines at us every day.But what if it’s the ways we choose to read the news — not the glut of news providers — that make us feel overwhelmed? An interesting new study out of the University of Texas looks at the factors that contribute to the concept of information overload, and found that, for some people, the platform on which news is being consumed can make all the difference between whether you feel overwhelmed.
Simon & Schuster is getting in the self-publishing business. Through a partnership with Author Solutions Inc., S&S has formed Archway Publishing, a unit that will offer self-publishing services in fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s categories with the backend powered by ASI, the self-publishing provider acquired by Pearson/Penguin earlier this year.
Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing, has announced that Amazon will begin building a European publishing division in 2013.The division will focus on publishing titles in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, with its homebase in Luxembourg; Vicky Griffith, currently the head of Amazon’s West Coast Group, will transfer there in January and begin hiring editors and other team members.
Let's repeat:  it scans 250 pages a minute in hi-definition without damaging the book. No more hands in the picture, no more fuzzy pages and no more destruction. In fact the scanner has the ability to "restore a captured image which is distorted because of page curling to a flat original document image by using the captured image and the obtained 3D deformation. This system's new improvement to processing speed allows real-time restoration for capturing books."
What the e-reader industry needs to do is develop an agnostic operating system that taps into all of the free public domain books and free educational resources. Right now most companies tend to sell their own content or release readers with access to NO content at all.e-Ink Holdings is responsible for all the display screens found on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Sony e-readers. The company recently released a concept video that demonstrates how these devices SHOULD function in educational institutions in most international markets.

But, over the weekend, IBM released data on holiday shopping traffic on tablets. Surprisingly, Barnes & Noble's Nook family had more tablet traffic than the Kindle family. Both of them were getting clobbered by the iPad, which had 88 percent of tablet shopping traffic.
While we don't have any hard numbers about the Kindle's success, we assume it's meeting the company's internal goals because it has been expanding the line up every year since Amazon introduced the Kindle.
A Priberam, especialista na concepção e desenvolvimento de software e conteúdos digitais, estabeleceu uma parceria com a Kobo para inclusão do Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa e dos Dicionários de Português-Inglês e de Inglês-Português nos eReaders Kobo, disponíveis na FNAC.
Os dicionários da Priberam estão disponíveis quer nos eReaders quer nas aplicações da Kobo para PC, Mac, iOS e Android e, à semelhança do que foi feito para a Amazon em 2011, incluem as grafias pré e pós-Acordo Ortográfico, nas variantes europeia e brasileira.
The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) goes online for the general public today at www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de. In Berlin’s Altes Museum on the city’s Museum Island, Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and Spokesperson for the Board of the DDB Competence Network,  Elke Harjes-Ecker, Head of the Culture Department at Thuringia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the DDB Competence Network,  Matthias Harbort, Head of New Media for the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, today introduced the new portal together.
Random House has launched three new digital only imprints to capitalize on the new middle-market for ebooks. The imprints will be genre fiction: Alibi (mystery/thriller); Hydra (science fiction); Flirt (YA/new adult), which will also publish romance under the re-launched Loveswept unit, which publishes new digital-only and classic romance titles.Each imprint will have its own editorial, marketing and publicity teams, all overseen by Allison Dobson, vice president and digital publishing director at Random House Publishing Group. She will work alongside Scott Shannon, senior vice president and publisher of digital content and Matt Schwartz, VP and director of digital strategy.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the December 9, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 24, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich
2.     THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci
3.     THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
4.     THE LAST MAN, by Vince Flynn
5.     LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.     DAMAGED, by Cathy Glass
3.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
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. 25)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The 4-Hour Chef
1
New
Timothy Ferriss/New Harvest
Killing Kennedy
2
2
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Team of Rivals
3
4
Doris Kearns Goodwin/Simon & Schuster
Damaged
4
1
Cathy Glass/HarperCollins
Berlin Diary
5
William L. Shirer/RosettaBooks
Proof of Heaven
6
3
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
Killing Lincoln
7
7
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
No Easy Day
8
9
Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer/Penguin Group
Heads in Beds
9
New
Jacob Tomsky/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
10
6
Jon Meacham/Random House

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Notorious Nineteen
1
New
Janet Evanovich/Random House
The Forgotten
2
New
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
The Racketeer
3
3
John Grisham/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Last Man
4
1
Vince Flynn/Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Life of Pi
5
Yann Martel/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
6
2
James Patterson/Little, Brown
Gone Girl
7
7
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
All In
8
5
Raine Miller/Raine Miller Romance
The Perfect Hope
9
4
Nora Roberts/Penguin Group
Fifty Shades of Grey
10
E.L. James/Vintage Books

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