19 de setembro de 2012

Euro Steam Con



Data: 29 e 30 de Setembro de 2012.
Local: Edifício Parnaso, Porto.

Programação


SÁBADO - DIA 29

15.00 Abertura do evento. Apresentação da Clockwork Portugal e da sua equipa. Descrição do evento. Apresentação dos participantes da feira.

15.30 Debate: O que é o Steampunk? - João Barreiros, Luís Filipe Silva, João Ventura

16.30 VaporPunk: O Steampunk em Português - Luís Filipe Silva

17.00 Tea Break

17.30 Demonstração da Elfic Wear

18.00 Lançamento do Almanaque Steampunk 2012 + Sessão de autógrafos


DOMINGO - DIA 30

15.00 Steampunk, Electropunk, Solarpunk e outros Punk - João Barreiros

16.00 Sugestões de Leitura Steampunk - Equipa Clockwork Portugal

16.30 Ilustração - Luís Melo

17.00 Tea Break + Sorteio do Cabaz Steampunk - com a trilogia Leviatã de Scott Westerfeld (cedido pela Editora Vogais), A Corte do Ar de Stephen Hunt autografado (cedido por Ricardo Lourenço), Downspiral de Anton Stark (cedido pelo autor), exemplar da Nanozine nº6 (cedido pelos próprios), The Iron Duke de Meljean Brook e exemplar do Almanaque Steampunk (cedidos pela Clockwork Portugal)

17.30 Lançamento do livro Downspiral do Anton Stark + Sessão de autógrafos


PROGRAMAÇÃO PARALELA

(a decorrer sempre)

Feira de Criadores
 - Elfic Wear
 - Koollook / Águas Furtadas
 - Musa de Inspiração

Nanozine
Revista Lusitânia

Banca de Tea & Biscuits

Blimunda n.º 4

Quase a terminar o verão, o 4.º número da revista Blimunda propõe um exercício de memória em busca das viagens que nos constroem, sejam elas reais ou literárias. Da luz de Lisboa partimos até aos confins desta hoje triste Europa para nos reencontrarmos a bordo de um comboio na fria Sibéria ou num enclave de civilizações na tórrida Istambul, fronteira para realidades que nos são distantes mas tão próximas.

Até Beja viajamos ao som das Palavras Andarilhas, ponto de encontro de pessoas que fazem do ato de contar, de partilhar, um modo de vida. Na sua XII edição, as Palavras saíram à rua para chegar mais próximo de todos aqueles que de dois em dois anos fazem da cidade do Baixo Alentejo a capital. Em Londres, o IBBY - International Board on Books for Young People organizou o seu 33.o Congres- so, espaço onde durante quatro dias se discutiram políticas de promoção da leitura e problemáticas em torno da literatura infantil e juvenil sob o sugestivo tema Cruzando fronteiras: traduções e migrações.
De regresso a Lisboa, uma visita ao Museu do Design e da Moda que até 23 de setembro acolhe a exposição Onde nascem as ideias. Cadernos de Equilibrista. Manuel Estrada, mostra do trabalho do artista espanhol, um dos mais importantes designers europeus. Depois de uma passagem por Helsínquia e a caminho de Miami, a cidade de Lisboa pôde assim contatar com a criatividade do autor das magníficas ilustrações da edição especial de A Viagem do Elefante, e de um número infindável de capas dos mais importantes autores.
A 24 de setembro, a Fundação José Saramago receberá Manuel Estrada para uma conversa que contará com a presença dos designers portugueses Jorge Silva e Rui Garrido. Fica desde já o convite.

Disponível para download através deste link.

18 de setembro de 2012

LeYa no Rossio - Festival Literário


Data: 21 a 23 de Setembro de 2012.
Local: Praça do Rossio
Realiza-se de 21 a 23 de setembro o “LeYa no Rossio - Festival Literário”. Trata-se da primeira edição de um evento que se quer anual, e este ano acontece no contexto do Ano do Brasil em Portugal sendo também uma parceria com a Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. Resultado de um esforço conjunto entre a LeYa e a LeYa Brasil, vamos receber em Lisboa um grupo de notáveis autores brasileiros que participarão num ciclo de mesas redondas que formarão o coração do programa deste festival que se realiza de 21 a 23 de setembro na Praça do Rossio, em Lisboa. A LeYa convidou os escritores brasileiros Zuenir Ventura, Luis Fernando Veríssimo, João Paulo Cuenca, Paulo Lins, Eduardo Bueno, Luiz Felipe Pondé e Amilcar Bettega. As mesas serão compostas por estes autores juntamente com autores portugueses.

O evento no Rossio contará ainda com uma Feira do Livro do Brasil e de Portugal e com um programa paralelo de música – com destaque para dois concertos de Eugénia Melo e Castro (“Conversas com versos”) que cantará poemas de Maria Alberta Menéres, e para duas tertúlias intituladas “MPB – Música Portuguesa Brasileira” em que o músico brasileiro Pierre Aderne convida diversos músicos e escritores para conversas musicadas em torno da literatura e da música dos dois países.
Programa
Sexta-feira, 21 de Setembro
10h às 24h - Feira do Livro do Brasil e de Portugal
10h às 22h – Escrita Literária Criativa – mural “quem conta um conto…”– uma iniciativa da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
15h às 19h  – Animação infantil – contos infantis, teatrinhos e jogos tradicionais no espaço infantil da LeYa no Rossio.
16h – Inauguração oficial do evento
17h30 às 24h – Música – Poesia – Performance: várias iniciativas de animação de rua com peças de música, poesia e performance.
18h – Mesa redonda LeYa – A Minha Pátria é a Língua Portuguesa [Escrever (e editar) hoje, em português]
Participantes: Inês Pedrosa, José Eduardo Agualusa, Luís Fernando Veríssimo e Miguel Sousa Tavares.
Moderador: Zeferino Coelho (Leya|Caminho).
19h – Show cooking: primeiro de vários momentos em que serão protagonistas autores de livros de cozinha e gastronomia da LeYa.
21h – Tertúlia MPB - Música Portuguesa Brasileira nº1 – em colaboração com a LeYa, o compositor e músico brasileiro Pierre Aderne convida um
painel de cantores, instrumentistas e escritores de Portugal e do Brasil para uma conversa musicada em torno da literatura e da música dos dois
países.
Sábado, 22 de setembro
10h às 24h - Feira do Livro do Brasil e de Portugal
10h às 22h – Escrita Literária Criativa – mural “quem conta um conto…” – uma iniciativa da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
11h às 19h – Animação infantil contínua
11h30 às 24h – Música – Poesia – Performance, em toda a Praça do Rossio.
12h30 – Show cooking
15h – Mesa redonda LeYa - Filosofia, Política e Incorrecção (Política).
Participantes: Luis Felipe Pondé (autor de “Guia politicamente incorrecto da Filosofia”, LeYa/Texto)
Moderador: Ricardo Costa
16h30 – Teatro de rua “Gigantes pela Própria Natureza” – uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
17h30 - Concerto “Conversas com versos”, de Eugénia Melo e Castro que cantará poemas de Maria Alberta Menéres.
Com Eduardo Queiroz, Camilo Carrara e Nath Calan.
18h – Abertura da Exposição “Design Brasileiro - Mobiliário Moderno e Contemporâneo” (MUDE – Museu do Design) - uma iniciativa do
Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
18h30 – Teatro: apresentação do grupo cénico Caixa de Imagem (em frente ao MUDE – Museu do Design) - uma iniciativa do Comissariado do
Ano do Brasil em Portugal
18h30 – Mesa redonda LeYa – Conversas no Tempo [A vida, o mundo, a literatura, a política, a economia, a crise, o futuro & etc.].
Participantes: Luis Fernando Veríssimo, Manuel Alegre e Zuenir Ventura. Moderador: Pascoal Soto (Leya|Brasil)
19h30 – Show cooking
20h – Concerto: Clube do Choro – uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
21h30 – Concerto: Ney Matogrosso e Monobloco (Terreiro do Paço) - uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
Domingo, 23 de setembro
10h às 23h - Feira do Livro do Brasil e de Portugal
10h às 22h – Escrita Literária Criativa – mural “quem conta um conto…” em que os visitantes serão convidados a participar na criação de um conto
– uma iniciativa da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
11h – Teatro: apresentação do grupo cénico “Caixa de Imagem” (Praça do Rossio) - uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
11h às 19h – Animação infantil contínua
11h30 às 24h – Música – Poesia – Performance, em toda a Praça do Rossio
11h30 – Mesa redonda LeYa – História e Estórias de Portugal e Brasil [Uma língua e um passado comum, na história e na ficção]
Participantes: Eduardo Bueno e Miguel Real. Moderador: Jorge Pedreira (Unileya).
12h30 – Show cooking
14h - Teatro de rua “Gigantes pela Própria Natureza” – uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
15h - Concerto  “Conversas com versos”, de Eugénia Melo e Castro
16h - Concerto: Clube do Choro – uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
17h – Concerto “Brasil Abraça Portugal” (Terreiro do Paço): com Zeca Baleiro, Martinho da Vila, Boss AC, Carminho e
Paulo Gonzo - uma iniciativa do Comissariado do Ano do Brasil em Portugal
18h30 – Mesa redonda LeYa – Os Desafios da Nova Literatura de Língua Portuguesa [Problemas e expectativas dos novos autores (e editores)
de língua portuguesa]
Participantes: Amilcar Bettega, João Paulo Cuenca, João Ricardo Pedro, João Tordo, Paulo Lins.
Moderadoras: Maria do Rosário Pedreira (Leya|Portugal) e Maria João Costa (Leya|Brasil)
19h30 – Show cooking
21h – Tertúlia MPB - Música Portuguesa Brasileira nº2, uma iniciativa LeYa/Pierre Aderne.

10 de setembro de 2012

Podcast sobre o romance gótico



Num dos recentes podcasts da série Literature Lab, John Paul Riquelme fala acerca das origens do romance gótico e dos principais elementos que o caracterizam. Para ouvir através do seguinte link, ou fazer download através do iTunes.
Literature Lab is a series of interviews with literary scholars about the questions and concepts that drive their work. These podcasts are for anyone who takes pleasure in reading. L.L. is produced by David Sherman, who teaches in the English Department, and sponsored by the Theodore and Jane Norman Fund at Brandeis University.

Robert Waxler
Convicted Reading, or, Literature in Alternative Sentencing

John Paul Riquelme
The Gothic Novel

Leah Price
How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

Lisa Rodensky
Oprah, the Victorian Novel, and You

Nicholas Watson
The Medieval Imagination, or, the Fresh Blood of the Deep Past

Laura Tanner
Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction

Carrie J. Preston
Ezra Pound, Noh Theater, and Submission

9 de setembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (2 a 8 de Setembro)



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

We’ve seen a lot of righteous indignation following David Streitfeld’s recent New York Times article on the occasional practice of paying for positive book reviews on Amazon. I read the story and moved on without giving it much thought: I assumed that everyone knew that the review system on Amazon was rigged.There were two reasons why I assumed this. The first reason was that this has been specifically revealed before. Christopher Keenan self published his The Hacker Hunter last October. A month later it had 180 five-star reviews, apparently with the vast majority placed by the author through numerous pseudonyms. He even went to the trouble and expense of purchasing a copy of the book for most of his surrogates. As the story unfolded on bulletin boards and blogs Amazon banished all the fake reviews, setting a lesson to others who would so boldly game Amazon.The other reason is that all the online review systems are rigged. I’ve been hearing about this for years, and noticing it for just as long. Travel reviews are the most notorious offenders –  hotel listings on TripAdvisor had previously set new how-low-can-you-go standards in gaming online reviews.
It turns out that, yes, you can take it with you when you head for that great reading room in the sky. All my mourners will have to do is tuck my Kindle (and cable) into my casket and I’ll be set. Grave goods like these will be the envy of heaven or hell.Why should this work? Because, dear readers, your Kindle e-books never die so long as you keep your account open. They are immortal. I have this from the e-book seller’s mouth, even though it came out sort of sideways at first.
Several universities have recently tried a new model for delivering textbooks in hopes of saving students money: requiring purchase of e-textbooks and charging students a materials fee to cover the costs. A recent report on some of those pilot projects, however, shows that many students find the e-textbooks “clumsy” and prefer print.The report is based on a survey conducted this spring of students and faculty at five universities where e-textbook projects were coordinated by Internet2, the high-speed networking group. Students praised the e-books for helping them save money but didn’t like reading on electronic devices. Many of them complained that the e-book platform was hard to navigate. In addition, most professors who responded said that they didn’t use the e-books’ collaborative features, which include the ability to share notes or create links within the text.
Digital and print-on-demand technology has made self-publishing much easier. But for every self-published work that gains traction, the overwhelming majority of books don't.
I started Crowdscribed.com as vehicle for authors to crowd fund and crowd source their projects. We are working to develop two crowd funding models, a public model and a private model. As part of the public model, we are going to have authors post their projects on the site. Visitors to the site will be able to vote on the project, thumbs up or thumbs down. This will give authors the chance to test market their projects before committing to full production. If the crowd likes the project, the book will likely do well.
The 3 new devices are the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Kobo Arc. That last is an Android tablet, and it has a 7″ screen, dual core 1.5GHz CPU, 1.3MP camera, and will hit store shelves this November for $200 and $250 in 8GB and 16GB flavors. The full spec sheet is at the end of the post. It’s not a bad tablet, but then again we don’t know what specs the new Kindle Fire will have or what it will cost.
We all know that the increasing number of new publishing platforms are challenging the traditional models of publishing. There is a growing interest and enthusiasm for the capacity of anyone to publish and create, but is there equal interest on the impact of quality or value of these texts to the reader? Currently, publishing in digital spaces emphasizes producers, rather than consumers. This unbalanced focus has the potential to impact children's reading experiences in negative, as well as positive ways, and is already having a significant impact on the world of children's literature.
Amazon is planning to take a Charles Dickens approach to publishing with the launch of fiction in serial form via its Kindle device. Amazon has reached out to authors on both sides of the Atlantic, with the launch, when it comes, expected to be global.According to one source the short works were originally due to begin being released this summer, with Amazon working on a complicated payment mechanism that would allow customers to buy all the fiction in the series for one price, with the amount paid scaling up as more parts were published.
The range of Kindle hardware Amazon launched Thursday wasn’t spectacular; a new “Paperwhite,” high-contrast Kindle tablet for $119, plus a $179 3G option. Amazon also upgraded the Kindle Fire tablet and added an interesting new HD model that starts at just $299 with an 8.9-inch screen.But the real innovations were in features and pricing: X-Ray, a tool to connect customers to the movies they want to see, via the IMDB database that Amazon acquired, and a new in-game advertising service that can deliver physical as well as virtual items to the customer, using Amazon’s one-click method. And there’s no contract or annual fee to use the inexpensive but limited wireless broadband services attached to the Kindle. The 250MB per month limit is plenty for downloading books from Amazon, but nowhere near enough for worry-free Web browsing or streaming music or video. Amazon wants you to be able to buy for free, fast and on the go - but that’s about it. Virtually every feature was designed to facilitate shopping at Amazon’s store.
The Kobo Arc is the latest generation tablet and a direct successor of the Kobo Vox. This new device has been revised from the ground up to give you the best reading experience on a full color display. Many companies simply release vanilla tablets and try and sell you on email, facebook, and an internet browser. Kobo has gone the route of Barnes and Noble and Amazon to give you a custom UI and a new Overlay called Tapestry.
When And Other Stories looks for books to translate, it uses foreign-language reading groups, who make recommendations and cull out weaker candidates, editorial crowd-sourcing if you will. They also provide invaluable information in an industry notoriously devoid of market research, and build a network of enthusiastic, engaged supporters.Evidence that the system works is in the fantastic choices And Other Stories has made. The eight books they’ve published in the past two years have far outstripped the expectations anyone would have for a small, new publisher — they’ve been lauded, reviewed in major venues and nominated and selected for awards (including Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home, currently long-listed for the Booker Prize and Juan Pablo Villalobos’s Down the Rabbit Hole, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award).
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers
A version of this list appears in the September 16, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 1, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
2.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
3.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
4.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
5.     LAST TO DIE, by Tess Gerritsen

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
2.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
3.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
4.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
5.     A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Aug. 12)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Unbroken
1
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
Wild
2
5
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Killing Lincoln
3
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
The Amateur
4
4
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
A Stolen Life
5
8
Jaycee Dugard/Simon & Schuster
Obama's America
6
Dinesh D'Souza/Regnery Publishing
Heart in the Right Place
7
Carolyn Jourdan/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Double Cross
8
Ben Macintyre/Crown Publishing Group
The Last Lecture
9
Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow/Hyperion
Enslaved by Ducks
10
Bob Tarte/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Freed
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
2
3
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Fifty Shades Darker
3
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades of Grey
4
5
E.L. James/Vintage
Last to Die
5
New
Tess Gerritsen/Random House
Catching Fire
6
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Mockingjay
7
9
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Bared to You
8
8
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Obsidian
9
New
Jasmine Jade/Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Bones Are Forever
10
New
Kathy Reichs/Scribner

Vídeos
E Ink at IFA 2012

Unboxing the Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini

6 de setembro de 2012

Ler Mais Ler Melhor: Exposição Jorge Amado em Portugal


Documentários relacionados com literatura gótica



Criei recentemente uma lista de reprodução no Youtube com aulas, documentários e eventos relacionados com a literatura gótica, e adicionei-a à página dedicada ao género. Dentro em breve espero actualizar a referida página com uma bibliografia recomendada e retomar a série de artigos que publico simultaneamente no Portal Gótico e aqui no blog.

Ciclo de conferências LER em Voz Alta


Convidado: Eduardo Lourenço.
Data: 20 de Setembro de 2012, pelas 18h30.


Porque acreditamos que só a ler nos entendemos melhor, a partir de setembro figuras de referência de várias áreas do conhecimento são convidadas, todos os meses, a abrir o livro – sobre o seu e o nosso mundo. O mesmo é dizer, a partilhar histórias de como chegaram ao livro, à leitura, à literatura; como certas páginas se cruzam com o seu trabalho, como se tornam o seu fio do horizonte.


Eduardo Lourenço abre o novo ciclo de conferências «LER em Voz Alta» já no próximo dia 20 de setembro, no Centro Cultural de Belém (que se associa à revista LER nesta iniciativa), às 18h30, na sala Luís de Freitas Branco. A 18 de outubro, toma a palavra o arquiteto e urbanista Nuno Portas (sala Luís de Freitas Branco), e um mês depois sobe ao palco o cientista Alexandre Quintanilha (16 de Novembro, sala Almada Negreiros). Após cada conferência (45 minutos, em média), segue-se uma conversa com a assistência.

A entrada é livre e apenas limitada à lotação de cada sala. Também se aceitam reservas através do e-mail ler@circuloleitores.pt. Contamos com todos os leitores.
No fim do ano, há uma razão especial para este ciclo sair de Belém e subir a Avenida da Liberdade, onde integrará a programação do Festival LER 25 Anos/25 Filmes, no Cinema São Jorge, entre os dias 4 e 9 de dezembro.

4 de setembro de 2012

NY Public Library lança “Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle”



A New York Public Library lançou a segunda aplicação do seu projecto Biblion, desta vez dedicada ao clássico de Mary Shelley. “Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle” está disponível gratuitamente, tanto em versão Web como para iPad, e incluí digitalizações do manuscrito da obra, ensaios, galerias de imagens e questionários, com especial enfâse na interactividade com o leitor.

What makes a monster? What is it like living on the margins of society? Is technology inherently good or bad? These questions guided Mary Shelley 200 years ago as she wrote her classic novel Frankenstein — they remain just as relevant today. The second edition of Biblion explores the connections between Shelley’s time and our own, showing how the classics resonate throughout society and the breadth of NYPL’s offerings.

Clubes de Leitura Bertrand do Fantástico - Setembro

Clubes de Leitura do Fantástico

Porto
Orientação: Rui Baptista.
Data: 29 de Setembro de 2012, pelas 15h.
Obra em discussão: O Verdadeiro Dr. Fausto, de Michael Swanwick.

Coimbra
Orientação: Cláudia Pinto.
Data: 27 de Setembro de 2012, pelas 19h30.
Obra em discussão:  Sonho Febril, de George R. R. Martin.

3 de setembro de 2012

Fórum Fantástico e Euro Steam Con




Cartazes do Fórum Fantástico e da Euro Steam Con, da autoria de Pedro Piedade Marques e Joana Maltez, respectivamente. Mais novidades para breve.

Já nas bancas: LER, Setembro 2012



Vencedores dos Hugo Awards 2012


  Segue-se a lista completa dos nomeados para cada categoria e respectivos vencedores:
The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.

Best Novel
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  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
  • Deadline, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
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Best Novella
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  • Countdown, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Ice Owl”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s)
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Note: 6 nominees due to tie for final position.

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Best Novelette
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  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s)
  • “Fields of Gold”, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
  • “Ray of Light”, Brad R. Torgersen (Analog)
  • “Six Months, Three Days”, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
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Best Short Story
————–
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Homecoming”, Mike Resnick (Asimov’s)
  • “Movement”, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
  • “Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue”, John Scalzi (Tor.com)
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Best Related Work
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  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition, edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
  • Jar Jar Binks Must Die…and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies, Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
  • The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature, Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
  • Wicked Girls (CD), Seanan McGuire
  • Writing Excuses, Season 6 (podcast series), Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson
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Best Graphic Story
————–
  • Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
  • Fables Vol 15: Rose Red, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys To The Kingdom, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
  • The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan, created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
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Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
————–
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely; directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
  • Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)
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Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
————–
  • Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife”, written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
  • “The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech”, Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • Doctor Who, “The Girl Who Waited”, written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who, “A Good Man Goes to War”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”, written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)
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Best Semiprozine
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  • Apex Magazine, edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
  • New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer
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Best Fanzine
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  • Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank, edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
  • SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo
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Best Fancast
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  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz (presenters), Patrick Hester (producer)
  • SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
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Best Editor, Long Form
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  • Lou Anders
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Anne Lesley Groell
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Betsy Wollheim
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Best Editor, Short Form
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  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams
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Best Professional Artist
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  • Dan dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Michael Komarck
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
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Best Fan Artist
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  • Randall Munroe
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne
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Best Fan Writer
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  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J. Garcia
  • Jim C. Hines
  • Steven H Silver
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The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
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  • Mur Lafferty
  • Stina Leicht
  • Karen Lord
  • Brad R. Torgersen
  • E. Lily Yu

2 de setembro de 2012

Leituras Digitais (26 de Agosto a 1 de Setembro)



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

Here’s a little perspective: In 1939, gas cost 10 cents a gallon at the pump. A movie ticket set you back 20 cents. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the year’s bestselling hardcover book, was $2.75. For a nation suffering 20 percent unemployment, books were an impossible expense.But in just one day, Robert de Graff changed that. On June 19, 1939, the tall, dynamic entrepreneur took out a bold, full-page ad in The New York Times: OUT TODAY—THE NEW POCKET BOOKS THAT MAY TRANSFORM NEW YORK’S READING HABITS.
If you're not a fan of consumers reselling their ebooks I ask you to consider two key points John made in our conversation: authentication and revenue. One of the first steps you take after joining ReDigi is to let the service scan your music collection so they can determine what's legit and what's not. That's right, ReDigi is able to analyze your music collection to determine which songs you bought from services like iTunes vs. the songs you illegally downloaded from a torrent site. RedDigi only lets you resell songs they've identified as legitimate purchases. John tells me their ebook service will have the same forensic capabilities. That means pirated books cannot be resold through ReDigi. Better yet, the ReDigi service also puts a little "make me legal" reminder next to every illegal file it finds in a customer's collection. Click on that reminder and you'll be able to pay for each of those pirated files to make them legit. How cool is that?
The website The Bookscore aims to fill that need with its collection of aggregated reviews for new titles. On The Bookscore, the articles for a certain book are gathered so that, like on movie websites like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, a website visitor can look at a title and get an overall score for a book, averaged from multiple reviews. For example, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed currently holds a score of 8.8; “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel” is the proud possessor of a 9.1.
The current hot issue in publishing is paid book reviews, initially incited by David Streitfeld’s “The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy” that appeared in the New York Times over the weekend and profiled Jason Rutherford’s GettingBookReviews.com (now an inactive domain)–a service that was pulling in $28,000 a month for writing reviews of books commissioned by their authors.The issue grew early this week, with Salon taking on the underlying issue here–self-publishing’s uphill battle for respect.
The Brazilian website Ebook Revolution published a survey last week showing that the number of Brazilian e-book titles available jumped to 16,000 from only 11,000 since February. The survey listed e-books in Portuguese on sale in the three biggest online bookstores: Amazon, Gato Sabido and Saraiva. Of the 16,000 e-books available, 15% are public domain works, while 15% are self-published. Amazon is far behind indigenous Brazilian bookstores, offering less than 6,000 e-books, of which over 20% are from public domain.Ebook Revolution points out that Brazilian readers are warming to e-books: 30% of the copies of the Portuguese translation of Fifty Shades of Grey sold in Brazil were in a digital format, and an e-book on entrepreneurship by Bel Pesce was downloaded 350,000 times in 20 days.
While Apple, Asus, Lenovo, et al, are looking at designing the best single screen tablet, Amazon has been thinking outside the box. Today they filed for received a new patent for a dual screen tablet.As you can see from the diagram above, the concept device has a screen on both the front and the back. Now that’s relatively novel; past dual screen tablets like the Entourage Edge, original Nook, or the SpringDesign Alex had the screens side by side so the user can see both of them.  While that offered more screen real estate it also led to a bulkier device which sometimes took up more space than desired, particularly when you’re only using one of the screens.Amazon’s concept also has a pair of cameras, a mike, and g-sensor. It’s not clear from the filings exactly how you would use the device (other than the obvious details) but I bet Amazon has put some thought into it.
The Verge has gotten a second set of leaked images today, this time showing a new Kindle Touch. As you can see from the gallery below, this ereader loses the button on the existing model and appears to replace it with a button which spells out Kindle.According to the label in one of the renders this is the paperwhite Kindle. I can’t see much about this device, but if the screenshot in one of the product renders is correct I don’t think this model has sound. You can see the bottom edge in one of the product renders, and while it’s awfully fuzzy there doesn’t appear to be a spot for the headphone jack.  That’s a couple of rather curious details because the Kindle which cleared the FCC a couple weeks back was tested with headphones. And in another image one of the listed features is an integrated light, so if this is real then it could be the front-lit Kindle we’ve been waiting for.
This slowdown hasn’t been wholly unexpected by industry observers. The monthly numbers coming out of the Association of American Publishers that track the size and growth of the publishing industry have been charting a slowdown in e-book growth for much of 2012. In August, HarperCollins chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi told me that she expected digital growth to slow.Near the end of last year, Hachette Digital senior vice president Maja Thomas predicted that digital revenues at publishers would level off at some point and be two separate businesses, a digital one and a physical one. She also predicted a “natural limit” to the growth of digital, something like 50% of overall revenues. With the recent slowdown in the growth of digital, when this will happen is now very much up in the air.
The second generation Sony Wireless Reader was just released in Canada today and Good e-Reader got our hands on it the minute it was available. This new device is a direct successor of the original Sony PRS-T1 Reader that came out last year. Sony used to always released two or three devices every year, but has scaled back their operations to only market a single unit. How does it rank up against the increasingly competitive landscape of e-readers? We dive deep into the issues and give you the lowdown.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers
A version of this list appears in the September 9, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 25, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
2.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     BONHOEFFER, by Eric Metaxas
2.     OBAMA'S LAST STAND, by Glenn Thrush
3.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
4.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Aug. 12)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Bonhoeffer
1
Eric Metaxas/Thomas Nelson Publishers
Obama's Last Stand
2
New
Glenn Thrush/Random House
Unbroken
3
1
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
The Amateur
4
3
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Wild
5
4
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Brain Rules
6
John Medina/Pear Press
Paterno
7
New
Joe Posnanski/Simon & Schuster
A Stolen Life
8
Jaycee Dugard/Simon & Schuster
A Short History of the World
9
Christopher Lascelles/Crux Publishing
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
10
Stephen R. Covey/RosettaBooks

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades Freed
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
3
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
The Hunger Games
4
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Fifty Shades of Grey
5
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Catching Fire
6
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Rise of Nine
7
New
Pittacus Lore/HarperCollins
Bared to You
8
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
9
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
War Brides
10
10
Helen Bryan/AmazonEncore
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