30 de maio de 2012

Ler no Chiado: Ler Vergílio Ferreira



Ler no Chiado: Ler Vergílio Ferreira
Moderação: Anabela Mota Ribeiro.
Convidados: Hélder Godinho, Virgílio Kasprzykowski e Paulo Ferreira.
Data: 1 de Junho de 2012, pelas 18h30.
Local: Bertrand Chiado.
Entrada: Livre.
A LER no Chiado evoca Vergílio Ferreira através de um debate com Hélder Godinho, coordenador do grupo que trabalha o espólio do autor de Manhã Submersa, Virgílio Kasprzykowski, psiquiatra e filho de Vergílio Ferreira, e Paulo Ferreira, consultor editorial e leitor apaixonado da obra do escritor.

29 de maio de 2012

Clubes de Leitura Bertrand do Fantástico - Junho


Clubes de Leitura do Fantástico

Lisboa
Orientação: Rogério Ribeiro.
Convidado: David Soares, que falará sobre o seu novo livro Compêndio de Segredos Sombrios e Factos Arrepiantes (Saída de Emergência)
Data: 1 de Junho de 2012, pelas 19h.
Obra em discussão:  O Clube Dumas, de Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Porto
Orientação: Rui Baptista.
Data: 30 de Junho de 2012, pelas 15h.
Obra em discussão: Onde os últimos pássaros cantaram, de Kate Wilhelm.

Coimbra
Orientação: Cláudia Pinto.
Data: 28 de Junho de 2012, pelas 19h30.
Obra em discussão: A Lâmina, de Joe Abercrombie.

27 de maio de 2012

Leituras Digitais (20 a 26 de Maio)



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

Waterstones has announced a surprise tie-up with Amazon that will enable shoppers to pluck ebooks as well as physical books from its shelves.
The companies did not reveal the terms of the deal, but Waterstones said it was planning a digital revolution in its stores, with Kindle e-readers on sale for the first time and free Wi-Fi, so customers can choose between buying a physical book or downloading it there and then. It is also opening instore cafes as part of an upgrade of the 30-year old chain.
One popular image of the library of the future comes from the cartoon Futurama. The temporally misplaced character from our own time, Fry, enters Mars University’s Wong Library with his friends. It contains the largest collection of literature in the universe. Zoom in on two CDs, one labeled “Fiction” and the other “Non-fiction.”
In many ways, the library of today looks much the same as the library of yesteryear. The card catalogs may be consigned to a basement storage area and the tables where they used to stand are studded with computers. But otherwise there are carrels and stacks, stairs and information desk, patrons and librarians.
Transition is underway: from a place where you go to get information to a place you go to create; and from a place you go to create to a service you use.
OnlineUniversities.com has a post by Justin Marquis Ph.D. looking at the alarming trend of declining reading rates over the last few decades, and bringing up the recent Pew study showing that e-reader owners read more as a possible harbinger of ways to reduce the trend.
People who read more, Marquis points out, become more “interesting, engaged, and intellectual”. They have a higher degree of emotional as well as standard literacy, developing empathy through repeatedly putting themselves in the place of the characters they read about. Adolescents who don’t develop good reading habits are at a disadvantage in college where so much of learning is based on reading. And the more people who read individually, the more that greater society as a whole is more intellectually engaged.
Integrated Learning Systems are edging out both print and e-textbooks in popularity with students, says new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s ongoing study of Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The second installment in Volume Two of the study, which is powered by Bowker Market Research, shows that nearly 48 percent of students feel Integrated Learning Systems help with their studying; compare that with 45 percent for the core physical textbook and just 37 percent for the e-textbook. Further, nearly half of student respondents feel that Integrated Learning Systems help them improve their grade, compared with 40 percent for print texts and 33 percent for e-texts.
One of the first lessons that every indie author needs to learn is that they must always be selling their writing. You can’t just write and hope someone else will pick up the sales ball. I know that seems obvious, but it is the scope of what constitutes selling that I think gets missed. Even such simple things as how the ebook is designed is selling. Choosing the right typeface and font size is selling. Providing metadata for running heads for those devices that will display a running head is selling. Participation in forums of readers and constantly mentioning your writing is selling. A well-done cover design is selling.
For many people, selling themselves is the hardest thing to do in the world. It is why in law firms the “rainmakers” are considered more valuable than any other attorney in the firm; it is the rainmakers who bring in the business by selling themselves and the firm. The indie author has to be his or her own rainmaker.
Our survey found that some people use their e-reader just for work – like the sociology professor reading From Max Weber in Union Square. Other segregate their reading based on the experience of reading in print versus on a device.
Christopher Robinson works in publishing and was initially hesitant to join the e-reader revolution. But after his uncle gave him a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas, he now does most all his reading electronically – except for art books and poetry. He still prefers to read those two categories in print “because it’s just nicer to have it on a page, away from any distraction, with just the white space of the page.”
According to new research by discount website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, people have been buying e-readers to disguise the embarrassing books they're reading. The poll of 1,863 e-reader owners found that 58 per cent had acquired the device partly so as to disguise their taste in erotic and/or children's fiction.
E-book sales have skyrocketed thanks, in large part, to genre fiction: horror, crime, sci-fi and so on. Half of all erotic fiction sold is in e-book format, compared with just 20 per cent of general fiction. Romance publisher Mills & Boon releases around 100 digital titles a month, but just 55 physical titles.
So maybe publishers should treat indies like showrooms, and send their books to indies on consignment. That means that only if and when a book sells is money paid to the publisher. The books in the store shouldn’t be the focus of the revenue. Instead, the revenue might come from membership fees, book rentals, and referral fees for drop shipped new copies or ebook sales. Members of this store/library then would have a stake in keeping the store/library open, so presumably they would have little motivation to misuse ebook files. Then I as a publisher might have a reason to trust the store and those members with DRM free files. I would offer DRM free files in a store like that, where there is a relationship between the file and the store and the customer/patron. We are all shareholders in that scenario. I think other publishers might consider offering DRM free files in such a scenario too, but perhaps I’m too pie in the sky. If your local bookstore/library depended on the revenue ebook sales and rentals generated, you would have a stake in that revenue. I would hope that that could be an environment where publishers might be willing experiment with trust. But then again, I’ve been known to believe in lost causes before, and have been absolutely wrong.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the June 3, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 19, 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.                      STOLEN PREY, by John Sandford
5.                      FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY, by E. L. James

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
2.                      I SUCK AT GIRLS, by Justin Halpern
3.                      THE ART OF INTELLIGENCE, by Henry A. Crumpton
4.                      THE VOW, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
5.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended May 20)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Desperate Passage
1
Ethan Rarick/Oxford University Press
The Amateur
2
New
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
3
9
Steve Harvey/HarperCollins
The Skinny Rules
4
New
Bob Harper with Greg Critser/Random House
The Art of Intelligence
5
New
Henry A. Crumpton/Penguin Group
I Suck at Girls
6
New
Justin Halpern/HarperCollins
Soulless
7
2
Gail Carriger, Bob Condor/Orbit
The Vow
8
8
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing Group
Unbroken
9
10
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
10
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Freed
3
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Mockingjay
4
5
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Stolen Prey
5
New
John Sandford/Penguin Group
Catching Fire
6
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Hunger Games
7
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
11th Hour
8
4
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
On the Island
9
Tracey Garvis Graves/Tracey Garvis Graves
The Innocent
10
10
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing

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26 de maio de 2012

9.ª Sessão do Ciclo "Fernando Pessoa: Filosofia, Religião e Ciências do Psiquismo Humano"



Organização: Paulo Borges, Nuno Ribeiro e Cláudia Souza.
Data: 6 de Junho de 2012, pelas 18h30.
Entrada: Livre.
A nona sessão do ciclo de conferências Fernando Pessoa: Filosofia, Religião e Ciências do Psiquismo Humano ocorrerá dia 6 de Junho de 2012, na Casa Fernando Pessoa. A sessão tem início às 18h30 e conta com uma palestra de Paulo Borges intitulada D. Sebastião e o Quinto Império em Fernando Pessoa.

23 de maio de 2012

Documentário da Universidade Aberta sobre José Saramago


Debate "Mulheres e Literatura"



Ciclo de Debates da Ler Devagar: “Mulheres e Literatura”
Moderação: Joana Miranda.
Convidados: Sara Évora Ferreira e Isabel Seara.
Data: 31 de Maio de 2012, pelas 17h.
Entrada: Livre.

21 de maio de 2012

Colecção Júlio Verne com o Correio da Manhã


A partir do próximo Sábado, 26 Maio, será possível adquirir livros de Júlio Verne juntamente com o Correio da Manhã (1,95€ pelo primeiro volume, 9,95€ pelos restantes, todos em capa dura). Os dez primeiros títulos encontram-se enumerados na imagem acima (clique para aumentar).

20 de maio de 2012

Leituras Digitais (13 a 19 de Maio)



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

In digital publishing no sooner do we reach one milestone than another slaps us in the face. The figures released this week by Hachette UK are the first to truly demonstrate the step-change in e-book consumption since the beginning of the year.
Digital sales in the first quarter of 2012 were up 250% on the same period in 2011. E-book sales accounted for 20% of sales of relevant titles and over 30% in the case of certain fiction titles, an average of 25% of adult trade sales.
Many publishers share this coolness towards e-lending, with only Random House and Bloomsbury still signed up to OverDrive, the library ebook platform. Hachette's CEO, Tim Hely Hutchinson, spoke recently of his worries that library lending could lead to "ebook giveaways for all". The theory goes that if people can borrow ebooks for nothing, they will have no reason to buy them. The same argument was used against libraries until it turned out that library users spent more on books than anyone else.
Accepting that libraries should be able to lend books means accepting that they should be able to lend them in any format. To claim otherwise is illogical and exposes a deep unease both with what "owning" an ebook actually entails, and with the whole concept of public libraries.
It looks like that front-lighted Kindle rumor I reported on last month is going to come true. Reuters is reporting that Amazon plans to launch the new Kindle in July 2012. There aren’t any hard details yet on specs or price, but the original source is quite specific that the new Kindle is going to be released 2 months from now.
Publishers (both old and new) must step up and provide the platforms (and rights management frameworks) for innovation needed by booksellers (all types of booksellers) and authors to push reading forward. If they don’t, publishers will fall by the wayside as true innovation will be limited to a few (one?) large players investing on their own behalf’s (see Amazon, Barnes & Noble + Microsoft) while authors take their storytelling to completely new platforms that are altogether outside of the bookselling and library frameworks.
As we rush headlong into e-books, we’re not considering how our libraries will migrate forward in time, protecting personal and institutional investments. Paper books are readable by anyone who’s literate, but e-books require a reader, and DRM ensures that there will be difficulties in the future. Worse, there are several different file formats and different DRMs used by Apple, Adobe and Amazon.
While there is some cross compatibility, there is no assurance that due to technical changes, self-serving rules invoked by publishers, and the interests of middlemen like Apple that what we buy today will be usable in the future. Worse, as we buy e-books from different retailers, we fragment our collections. Some are in Kindle, some are in iBooks, and so on. Retailers want us locked in, and we want freedom.
The result, implies this new research, is that Amazon has democratized the book reviewing process, with consumer reviewers less beholden to special interests and more representative of the book-reading masses. Perhaps most importantly, it rebuts critics who have claimed that Amazon is nothing more than a cauldron of corrupt and uneducated opinions.
Despite the strict editorial firewall between writers and commercial interests, “reviewers may not always have the incentive to provide objective reviews,” explain Professors Dobrescu, Luca and Motta in a new study of the professional book review industry. Newspapers and magazines are 25% more likely to offer a review of an author who has written for their publication before; unsurprisingly, the reviews are slightly more positive. Moreover, professional reviews suffer from self-congratulatory institutional nepotism: novice authors get slammed more often than established ones, especially if they haven’t won any awards.
The Times Higher Education Supplement reports today (17th May) that an EC official has revealed that for researchers receiving funding from its Horizon 2020 program between 2014-20, a requirement to adopt open access publishing for their work “will be the norm.” A pilot scheme underway in seven areas of its current funding programme is to be extended across all peer-reviewed research in the new scheme.
The EC is set to publish an official policy before the summer after consulting with publishers and presenting ideas at an event in Brussels on June 20th this year, according to the THES.
Amazon‘s own print-on-demand service CreateSpace has just announced a new distribution venue. This sub has been printing and distributing books in the US ever since Amazon bought it in 2005, and as of today it can now supply ebooks to all of Amazon’s European websites, including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, and Amazon.it.
Authors and small publishers now have more options for where they can sell their books. With minimal effort they’ll be able to use their existing CreateSpace account to expand their readership to include dozens of new fans.
Digital archivists have a lot to say on this matter, as they have been dealing with the instability of digital files (not to mention evolving file formats, software, storage and hardware issues) for years. And they are probably the first to point out something that may seem counter-intuitive: Digitization and cloud storage do not necessarily ensure longevity. Steeped as we may be in the fear that digital files will exist forever — those Friendster/Myspace/Facebook/Twitter images of ourselves as teenagers haunting us all our lives — anyone whose computer has crashed, taking photos and word documents with it, knows this probably won’t be the case.
In response to the perceived (read: false) assumption that in the digital age we are over-archiving our lives, “anti-archival” seems to be garnering support. In fact, we aren’t keeping copies of e-books themselves or tracking their technical evolution and divergence in an acknowledged systematic way.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

 A version of this list appears in the May 27, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 12, 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.                      11TH HOUR, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5.                      FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY, by E. L. James

E-Book Nonfiction

1.                      MOST TALKATIVE, by Andy Cohen
2.                      THE VOW, by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
3.                      THE PASSAGE OF POWER, by Robert A. Caro
4.                      UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.                      LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, by Jenny Lawson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended May 13)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Psychopath (Crimescape)
1
--
Dr. Katherine Ramsland/Dr. Katherine Ramsland
Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
2
--
Gail Carriger and Bob Condor /Orbit
No Buddy Left Behind
3
--
Terri Crisp and C. J. Hurn/Lyons Press
Most Talkative
4
New
Andy Cohen/Henry Holt
To Heaven and Back
5
--
Mary Neal/Circle 6 Publishing
7 Money Rules for Life
6
--
Mary Hunt/Revell
The Passage of Power
7
2
Robert A. Caro/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Vow: The True Events That Inspired the Movie
8
--
Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, with Dana Wilkerson/B&H Publishing
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
9
5
Steve Harvey/HarperCollins
Unbroken
10
8
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
1
E.L. James/The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Freed
3
3
E.L. James/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
11th Hour
4
New
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro /Little, Brown
Mockingjay
5
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
6
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
City of Lost Souls
7
New
Cassandra Clare/Margaret K. McElderry Books
The Hunger Games
8
10
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Book Case
9
New
Nelson DeMille/Thomas & Mercer
The Innocent
10
--
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing

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Vencedores dos Nebula Awards 2011


Foram ontem anunciados os vencedores dos Nebula Awards 2011, destacados na seguinte lista que inclui os restantes nomeados para cada categoria:
Novel

Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella

Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)

Novelette

Fields of Gold,” Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
Ray of Light,” Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
Sauerkraut Station,” Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
Six Months, Three Days,” Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com, June 2011)
The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
The Old Equations,” Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Short Story

Her Husband’s Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son,” Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011)
Movement,” Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March 2011)
Shipbirth,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2011)
The Axiom of Choice,” David W. Goldman (New Haven Review, Winter 2011)
The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011)
The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

19 de maio de 2012

5ª Feira do Livro Anarquista


Data: 25 a 27 de Maio de 2012.
Entrada: Livre.
O objectivo é aprofundar e divulgar as ideias anarquistas, enquanto ataque real a esta sociedade exploradora, autoritária e antropocêntrica, incentivando as publicações independentes, criando espaços de discussão e de troca de ideias que possibilitem projectos alternativos e modos autónomos de vida.

Partindo de um inconformismo face a todas as formas de dominação, continuamos a promover o pensamento libertário e a rejeitar qualquer mediação política.
Acreditamos numa vivência que respeita a singularidade e as diferenças entre cada indivíduo e grupo, numa relação pacífica com a biosfera. Acreditamos que é possível pensar a realidade de uma outra forma e actuar sobre ela.

16 de maio de 2012

Poe e a Criatividade Gótica



Quando se aproxima a realização do colóquio Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts (cujo programa pode ser consultado aqui), aproveito para recordar outro colóquio dedicado à literatura gótica que se realizou no nosso país: Poe e a Criatividade Gótica. Algumas das comunicações feitas neste último (lista completa abaixo) foram publicadas na revista Anglo Saxónica do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa, que pode ser descarregada gratuitamente aqui.

INTRODUÇÃO: A ARTE PERVERSA DE EDGAR ALLAN POE
Maria Antónia Lima e Margarida Vale de Gato

”THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH” – CASTLE OF ALTERITY
Iolanda Brito

POE AND LOVECRAFT: INTERIOR AND COSMIC TERROR
José Carlos Gil

”THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER”: O DISPOSITIVO CINE-POIÉTICO POE / EPSTEIN
Fernando Guerreiro

THE HOUSE OF USHER AND THE HOUSE OF FISHER: TOWARDS AN ARCHITECTURE OF (DIS)COMFORT
José Duarte

EDGAR ALLAN POE: UM PRECURSOR DA LITERATURA DE VAMPIROS NORTE-AMERICANA
Paula Lagarto

O ESCRITOR E O SEU DUPLO EM EDGAR ALLAN POE E BRET EASTON ELLIS
João Luís Nabo

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S EXTRAORDINARY TRANSLATIONS: A SURVEY OF NINETEENTH AND EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRENCH AND RUSSIAN VERSIONS
Nadia D’Amelio

A PARATEXTUALIDADE NA REESCRITA PORTUGUESA DOS CONTOS DE EDGAR ALLAN POE
Vivina Figueiredo

PESSOA, POE E A APRENDIZAGEM DA CONTINGÊNCIA. LEITURAS A PROPÓSITO DE “THE DOOR” E DE ALGUMA POESIA DE ALEXANDER SEARCH
Francisco Fino

“FABULOUS AND FRIVOLOUS TALES”: POE’S “THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM” AND ANTICATHOLIC FICTION IN ANTEBELLUM CULTURE
Fernando Gonzalez

RATIONALES OF VERSE: POE AND OTHER CRITICS
Fernando Barragão

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. POE!
Maria Antónia Lima
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