29 de março de 2012

Colecção "Autor Nobel" com a revista Sábado



A Sábado acaba de relançar a colecção “Autor Nobel”, pelo que a aquisição da revista de 29 de Maio inclui gratuitamente um dos seguintes livros:
  • Lituma nos Andes, Mario Vargas Llosa
  • A Aventura de Miguel Littín, Clandestino no Chile, Gabriel García Márquez
  • No Coração desta Terra, J. M. Coetzee
  • Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  • Os Anões, Harold Piner
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison

27 de março de 2012

Obras raras digitalizadas pela Houghton Library


Manuscript in Mary Shelley hand of a number of Shelley poems including, “To a sky-lark,” “Ode to liberty,” “The sensitive plant,” “The Indian Serenade.”
A Houghton Library disponibilizou recentemente vários textos raros em formato digital, na sua maioria manuscritos, incluindo trabalhos de George Eliot, John Keats e Percy Shelley. A lista completa pode ser consultada no blog da biblioteca.
Houghton Library is the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts. Collections focus on the study of Western civilization, particularly European and American history and literature. It includes special collections in printing, graphic arts, and theatre (non-circulating).

26 de março de 2012

Finalistas do Arthur C. Clarke Award 2012


The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain.
The annual award is presented for the best science fiction novel of the year, and selected from a shortlist of novels whose UK first edition was published in the previous calendar year.
The Award was originally established bya generous grant from Sir Arthur C. Clarke with the aim of promoting science fiction in Britain, and is currently administered by the Serendip Foundation with Sir Arthur continuing to donate a cash prize via Rocket Publishing, his UK representatives.
The winner is judged by a jury panel and selected from an initial shortlist of six eligible novels. The panel of judges is made up of a voluntary body of distinguished writers, critics and fans with the panel line-up changing every year.

Best science fiction novel of the year
————–
  • Embassytown by China Miéville
  • Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
  • The End Specialist by Drew Magary
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
  • Rule 34 by Charles Stross
  • The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper
O vencedor será anunciado no Sci-Fi London Festival a 2 de Maio. 

Le Fanu Studies


A Gothic Press acaba de lançar um novo número do Le Fanu Studies. As edições anteriores podem ser consultadas aqui.
Le Fanu Studies (ISSN 1932-9598) invites essays on any aspect of the life and works of famous Victorian mystery and ghost story writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873). It also seeks essays about works of drama, literature, and film related to Le Fanu. Also welcome are essays about his contemporaries in the ghost story or mystery novel, and other Anglo-Irish authors of his day.

25 de março de 2012

Leituras Digitais (18 a 24 de Março)



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

Publishers’ concerns about the impact of library lending are reasonable. But responding to that concern by simply “freezing” is not helpful to anybody and it may actually be damaging the sales of the books the publishers are trying to protect. I don’t know and the librarians don’t know what the marketplace impact will be of branded ebooks being made available through libraries, but the publishers don’t know either. It is time for all of us to start finding out.
“No one really knows the ultimate effects of an immersion in a digital medium on the young developing brain.” But “my greatest concern is that the young brain will never have the time (in milliseconds or in hours or in years) to learn to go deeper into the text after the first decoding, but rather will be pulled by the medium to ever more distracting information, sidebars, and now, perhaps, videos (in the new vooks).”
Do we remember less when we read e-books? Some neuroscientists think we do, because e-books don’t provide the same sorts of spatial queues that printed books do. Apparently location cues are a very powerful aid to remembering things—and just the fact that we know about how far through a book those particular things are helps us fix them in our memory.
Jakob Nielsen, a Web “usability” expert and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group, believes e-reading does lead to a different type of recall. “I really do think we remember less” from e-books, he says. “This is not something I have formally measured, but just based on both studies we’ve done looking at reading behavior on tablets and books and reading from regular computers.”
Deep in the heart of Italy a dream is growing.  An already large, but growing collection of ereaders is being brought together as the start of a planned museum of ereaders.
Is the book publishing business as we know it dead or dying? If you believe everything you read, you might think so.
I might be in the minority opinion among publishing business observers, but I happen to think that it’s a vibrant business going through a difficult transition from which it will emerge stronger than ever. And, yes, most of the big players we see today will survive intact.
Ted Striphas's The Late Age of Print will change how you think about books. Most of the ways we've been taught literature seek to make the print medium itself disappear. We are left thinking about the text as pure expression removed from the material conditions by which it is produced, distributed, and consumed. There is, to be sure, a strong history of work on the history of print and of books, but it still remains highly likely that you can get through most high school and college Literature classes and never really engage with books on that level. Yet, the prospect of delivering these texts through some other medium -- digital, perhaps -- may make many of us passionate defenders of the book as a vehicle for communicating knowledge, as a medium which shapes our experience of reading. So, that's where Striphas starts, with the recurring anxiety that books and book culture may be endangered, but he does not stop there, taking us deep into the history of book stores, book publishing, even the routing process by which books reach consumers. And the result is utterly fascinating.
We live in a time when social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, et al., not only connect us, they become part of our digital lifestyle. But it’s not just about how these networks help us connect and communicate with others. Whether we know it or not, our social activity now contributes to our stature within each network. New services such as Klout, PeerIndex among many others not only measure who you know, what you say, and what you do, they attempt to score or rank your ability to influence those to whom you’re connected. As a result, social network users are now starting to rethink how they connect and communicate to improve their stature within each network. And at the same time, brands are taking notice as these services also help organizations identify individuals who are both connected and relevant to help expand reach into new media and markets.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the April 1, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending March 17, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
2.                      FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.                      FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
4.                      DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay
5.                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS, by Nora Roberts

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      THE IRISH AMERICANS, by Jay P. Dolan
2.                      THE VOW, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
3.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
4.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
5.                      THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Mar. 18)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Amazing Gracie
1
Dan Dye, Mark Beckloff/Workman Publishing Co.
The Irish Americans
2
Jay P. Dolan/Bloomsbury
Growing Up Amish
3
7
Ira Wagler/Tyndale House Publishers
The Vow
4
2
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing Group
Heaven Is For Real
5
6
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
A Genius for Deception
6
Nicholas Rankin/Oxford University Press USA
Steve Jobs
7
9
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
The Power of Habit
8
4
Charles Duhigg/Random House
Unbroken
9
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Bearded Lady
10
New
Mara Altman/Mara Altman

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
3
E.L. James/The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
The Hunger Games
2
1
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
3
2
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Mockingjay
4
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades Darker
5
5
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Freed
6
6
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Crossroads Cafe
7
Deborah Smith/BelleBooks
Defending Jacob
8
8
William Landay/Random House
Unfinished Business
9
Nora Roberts/Silhouette
The Lucky One
10
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing

Vídeos

James McQuivey on Amazon vs Apple

24 de março de 2012

Colóquio "Pequenos editores têm a palavra"


Comissão Organizadora: Cristina Carrington, Teresa Cortez, Daniel Polónia, Conceição Cunha, Ana Dia
Data: 29 de Março de 2012, pelas 9h.
Local: Universidade de Aveiro.
Em tempos de crescente concentração em torno de grandes grupos editoriais, tanto em Portugal como no estrangeiro, os pequenos editores não baixaram os braços, procuram afirmar-se pela diferença e criatividade, e têm conseguido defender o seu espaço na nova cartografia da edição.
Nestas jornadas são eles que têm a palavra – irão partilhar connosco as suas histórias, falar dos seus projetos, contar acerca das suas dificuldades, propor estratégias para superá-las. Numa troca de experiências que queremos tornar o mais enriquecedora possível, convidámos a intervir Pequenos Editores de diferentes gerações num fórum de discussão que, assim o esperamos, contribuirá para estreitar relações entre profissionais e proporcionará aos futuros Pequenos Editores uma melhor compreensão dos desafios a enfrentar.

Programa

9:00 Abertura do secretariado
   Café de boas vindas

10:15 Abertura

10:30 Mesa-redonda
   Pequenas Editoras: novos tempos, outras rotas
  • Ahab
  • Boca
  • Bruaá
  • Livros de Areia
  • Opera Omnia
12:30 Intervalo para almoço

15:00 Palestras
   Pequenas Editoras: diacronias, demandas e devires

Jordi Nadal (Plataforma)
El poder de lo pequeño:
Editores, autores y tiempo con sentido.
Cuando todo (lo bueno y lo malo) dependen de ti

João Rodrigues (Sextante)
O melhor negócio é um bom livro

Henrique Mota (Principia)
Os desafios e as soluções para os Pequenos Editores

16:15  Debate

17:30  Encerramento
   Café de despedida

23 de março de 2012

O que é ler?



A LER convidou os autores que passaram pelas Correntes d'Escritas, entre 23 e 25 de fevereiro, para um desafio. Pedro Rosa Mendes, Maria do Rosário Pedreira, Luis Sepúlveda, Sandro William Junqueira, Jaime Rocha, João Luís Barreto Guimarães, Ana Luísa Amaral e Manuel António Pina formam o primeiro elenco de uma trilogia de testemunhos inéditos.

O nascimento de um livro



Birth of a Book from Glen Milner.

Brian Dettmer, o escultor de livros


Complete Antique
Numa época em que o livro impresso se vê ameaçado pelo progresso tecnológico, é reconfortante observar as esculturas do americano Brian Dettmer, prova de que o potencial do livro, como forma de arte, está longe de se ter esgotado.
The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.
The March of Democracy
Cooling and Air
Webs New Inner Diction
Wagnalls Wheel
The R.O.T.C. Manual
Podem ler uma entrevista com o artista aqui. Para ver mais exemplos da arte de Brian Dettmer, devem consultar o seu website.

21 de março de 2012

Quixote Interactivo


Apesar de estar online desde 2010, não é tarde para chamar a atenção para esta versão electrónica da obra-prima de Cervantes, disponibilizada pela Biblioteca Nacional de Espanha em conjunto com diversos conteúdos multimédia relacionados com o livro e a época em que este foi escrito.
  El Quijote interactivo es un proyecto que permite un acercamiento innovador a la primera edición de la obra cumbre de Cervantes, conservada en los fondos de la Biblioteca Nacional de España. Gracias a esta iniciativa es posible disfrutar del Quijote como si tuviera el libro en sus manos, al tiempo que se puede acceder a contenidos multimedia que ayudan a contextualizar la obra.
Se ha partido de la digitalización a muy alta calidad de los ejemplares que conserva la BNE de la primera edición del Quijote: la de Madrid de 1605 y la de Madrid de 1615; alrededor de esta nueva digitalización se ha construido un portal interactivo al que se han incorporado mapas, ilustraciones, grabados y otros contenidos procedentes de 43 ediciones distintas del Quijote y de otras 21 obras más, todas pertenecientes a la BNE.

19 de março de 2012

Café e Letras, Nós e os Clássicos - Uma Vasta e Deserta Paisagem


Moderação: Filipa Melo.
Convidados: José Riço Direitinho.
Data: 22 de Março de 2012, pelas 19h.
Porquê ler os clássicos?
Qual a relação possível entre os grandes livros e as grandes questões da actualidade?
O contacto com os grandes textos clássicos pode ser uma aventura mental e afectiva, uma relação viva e transmissível. A prova faz-se uma vez por mês na livraria Almedina do Atrium Saldanha. Em cada sessão de Nós e os Clássicos, com coordenação e moderação da jornalista e escritora Filipa Melo, um leitor especialista fala do seu gosto por um título clássico de ficção ou pensamento, como herança universal sem tempo e motor de mudança do entendimento do homem sobre a realidade e a imaginação. Nas próximas sessões, abordaremos a obra de Walter Benjamin, Machado de Assis e Kjell Askildsen e James Joyce. À procura de sinais do passado no presente, em análise e em relação com outras leituras e com a experiência de vida de cada um. Nós e os Clássicos: livros excepcionais apresentados por leitores excepcionais.

Conferência "Novos Autores e Novas Escritas em Portugal"


Convidados: Rosa Azevedo.
Coordenação: António Marrachinho Soares.
Data: 23 de Março de 2012, pelas 21h30.
Quem são os novos autores portugueses? O que os une e o que os separa? Em que nome escrevem e em que nome surgem em público? Numa época de novas tecnologias, novas formas de aparecer em público, crise económica, intelectual e ideológica, o que é preciso para se ser um escritor?

O século XXI trouxe novos paradigmas à literatura. A passagem de século é uma passagem temporal como outra qualquer mas a verdade é que foi neste início de século até aos nossos dias que assistimos à explosão da Internet com as redes socias, blogs e meios de divulgação. Com isto os escritores saem do desconhecido para se tornarem figuras públicas facilmente reconhecidas na rua e cuja vida privada acaba por ser conhecida e confundida com a sua obra de forma mais perversa do que antes porque o meio é, arrisco dizer, mais selvagem. Mas há excepções. E há diferentes tipos de leitores e, no limite, são os leitores que fazem uma grande parte do que um escritor é.
Depois podemos ainda reflectir sobre a razão da escrita. O que faz um escritor? Que tipos de escritores existem? O que nos confere autoridade para avaliar as intenções de um escritor? De que forma as intenções de um escritor alteram a forma como recebemos o texto e como o lemos?
Em Portugal proliferam novos escritores. Sofrem em bloco da “angústia da influência” procurando, a cima de tudo, a originalidade. A que custo? Em que nome escrevem eles?blockquote>

18 de março de 2012

Leituras Digitais (11 a 17 de Março)



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

Composition No 1 is made up of 150 unbound pages, which may be read in any order. Each page consists of a single short text; it's up to the reader to draw a continuous story from them. So far, so experimental. But the electronic edition shuffles these pages for you, speeding them past so fast that they become indistinguishable. Only by touching and holding the screen is the page revealed. Once released, the page whips away again and cannot be revisited until the whole book is completed. In this way, the design enforces – indeed, embodies – physical and mental attention. A fitting metaphor for the book in an age of distractions.
At Goodreads, our passion and mission is helping readers discover and share books they love. In our work with publishers and authors, we see several book discovery trends developing. Some of these trends I shared in a speech at Tools of Change in New York last month. We analyzed a staggering 5,750,000 books that Goodreads members discovered (added to their to-read shelf) in January 2012, and broke them down by how the members found them. The readers adding those books lived in hundreds of different countries (though the US is our largest market), and represent both avid bookworms and casual readers.
Swell Accessories has announced that they are making covers for all Kindle models using old books. The BookCase is made from vintage hardback book covers “lovingly sorted and hand picked for their size and interest.” The repurposed covers offer those with an e-reader the opportunity to still feel like they’re holding a book when they’re reading.
Coker wrote on the Smashwords website: “I met with PayPal this afternoon at their office in San Jose. They will soon announce revised content policies that I expect will please the Smashwords community. Effective immediately, we are returning our Terms of Service to back to its pre-February 24 state. Beyond that, our friends at PayPal have asked me to hold off sharing additional details until they’ve had a chance to finalize their new policies. Thank you for your patience and support during this crazy last few weeks.”
Peeking at one of Polskin’s “Mobile Media Consumption Reports” from October 2009, I see that just 1 percent of riders were using e-readers, while in his 3/5/2012 report e-reader usage is up to 6 percent. Given the size of the sample, the numbers fluctuate significantly from week to week, but Polskin cleverly trumps this as real news. (“Magazines and books posted 3% gains in usage.”) But there is at least one definitive fact in the survey: “For the record, I have not seen a Discman or Walkman in the more than two years I have been recording this information on and off,” he writes.
The eBooks on Demand (EOD) service, which enables to order digital copies from copyright free books, is now provided by 30 libraries in Europe.
The recent libraries offering the EOD eBooks are: National Library of Sweden, Library Am Guisanplatz in Switzerland, the Central Library of Slovak Academy of Sciences and Salzburg University Library in Austria.
Already digitised items as well as books offered for digitisation are made available by the EOD search. However, only half of the EOD libraries are ingested at this time. “It has been a pleasure to see that already 600 registered users have found the EOD search a useful tool,” says Silvia Gstrein, the EOD Project Coordinator. “We will continue to include more libraries in the EOD search,” she assures.
“Research says that kids entering first grades – some of them have a vocabulary of only around 3,500 words, while others have vocabularies of 12-14,000 words – so there’s a gap that exists from the beginning, right from the beginning. But nobody wants to talk about that. And nobody wants to talk about that one simple reason: demographics locate the major reading problems among the black and poor communities, so people are shy about saying anything about it, although it’s more and more true that it’s coming with white kids as well, but the demographics and unemployment…people are just shy about addressing the problem.”
Regardless, with its Mass Effect 3 cross-platform linkage, EA seems to be taking to heart the advice Elisabeth Murdoch gave a couple of years back about making the media experience “irreducible to a single file.” To get the whole experience, you don’t just buy a game—you buy into a setting. Perhaps printed book writers and publishers could learn a lesson from this.
With all the attention that the US Department of Justice’s e-book price lawsuit threat is getting, it can be easy to forget that there’s some anti-trust investigation going on over on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Reuters reports that the European Union’s competition commissioner wants to reach a settlement with publishers over agency e-book pricing.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the March 25, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending March 10, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.                      FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
2.                      FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.                      FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
4.                      FAIR GAME, by Patricia Briggs
5.                      DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      THE VOW, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
2.                      THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg
3.                      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
4.                      FREE WILL, by Sam Harris
5.                      STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Mar. 11)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
We Die Alone
1
David Howarth/Globe Pequot Press
The Vow
2
1
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing Group
Ghosty Men
3
Franz Lidz/Bloomsbury USA
The Power of Habit
4
3
Charles Duhigg/Random House
The Magic
5
New
Rhonda Byrne/Atria Books
Heaven Is For Real
6
4
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Growing Up Amish
7
Ira Wagler/Tyndale House Publishers
Free Will
8
New
Sam Harris/Free Press
Steve Jobs
9
5
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
An Unexpected Twist
10
Andy Borowitz/Andy Borowitz

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Hunger Games
1
1
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
2
3
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades of Grey
3
2
E.L. James/The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Mockingjay
4
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades Darker
5
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Freed
6
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fair Game
7
New
Patricia Briggs/Penguin Group
Defending Jacob
8
9
William Landay/Random House
The Thief
9
New
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott/Penguin Group
Wrath
10
New
Laurann Dohner/Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
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