17 de fevereiro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (10 a 16 de Fevereiro)



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

As potencialidades são muitas e a sua exploração depende apenas da imaginação de cada um. Cada vez mais as editoras terão de integrar o digital tanto na edição dos seus livros, como na sua promoção. A divulgação multimédia, a interacção entre livro encadernado e e-book, a identificação dos opinion makers literários, o planeamento de estratégias que valorizem a promoção do livro em espaços físicos, constituem, pois, chaves importantes para as editoras do futuro.
Amazon has a patent to sell used ebooks. When I first scanned that headline, I thought it must be some Onion-esque gag, and I'm sure I wasn't alone. Used e-books? As in, rumpled up, dog-eared pdfs? Faded black-and-white Kindle cover art, Calibri notes typed in the margins that you can't erase?Barely-amusing image aside, used ebooks are for real. Or at least have a very real potential to become real. See, Amazon just cleared a patent for technology that would allow it to create an online marketplace for used ebooks--essentially, if you own an ebook, you would theoretically be able to put it up for sale on a secondary market.
Livrada for Authors is intended to give authors a new way to promote their ebooks in the real world at conventions, fairs, and book signings. It allows authors to create custom ebook cards for their ebooks which can then be given away (or sold). The ebook gift cards can then be activated on the Livrada website and then redeemed in exchange for an ebook from the Kindle, Nook, or Kobo ebookstores. You will of course need an account at the respective ebookstore.
The theory behind Goodreads and its two main — albeit much smaller — competitors, Shelfari and LibraryThing, is that people will put more faith in book recommendations from a social network they build themselves. Amazon was convinced enough by the concept that it bought Shelfari in 2008. It also owns a portion of LibraryThing as a result of purchasing companies that already owned a stake in the site.Goodreads members represent a small portion of all book buyers, and it is not immune from some of the politicking that goes on elsewhere — authors are not prevented from reviewing their own books, for instance. But advocates consider this acceptable because readers can choose their own reviewers.
Over the last few years, I've written multiple posts here on The Huffington Post articulating the advantages of eBook self-publishing from the author perspective, such as the opportunity to bypass publishing gatekeepers; faster time to market; access to global distribution; higher royalties; and greater creative control. Many other industry watchers have covered the same.Few in the publishing industry, however, have examined why retailers are stepping up their support for self-published books, and why readers are purchasing them. When we examine the myriad reasons, we see the playing field is likely to continue tilting to the advantage of self-published ebook authors.
For a few months though, the stories on B&N's Nook and the stores have not been positive ones and, as a B&N Club member, I do worry about store closings, especially of the one only 10 blocks from me which I really enjoy.  See "Could Bookstores Start Charging People to read?" which I retweeted from Paul Biba's twitter alert.The Nook has been positioned to be a bit of a lifesaver in a digital age, and they have had the smarts to make good hardware while not putting enough time and thought into the software functioning and its features the way Amazon has done for its Kindle (in ways few people know because there are so many features).
Whatever happened to newspapers? They used to be an area of growth and a cash machine. Today, the industry is written about as a patient on life support. Magazines are in the neighboring hospital bed to newspapers. Television is suffering from the twin ailments of piracy and new competition from its streaming partners (Hulu, Netflix, etc.). The music industry? What music industry. It’s half of what it was a decade ago.All victims of digital disruption.
A new study from the Institute for Education suggests that for many people books are, or could become, vital tools of social engagement. In an age in where "being connected" for many means a mobile connection to Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, online social networks are simply the latest manifestation of a far older phenomenon – the group conversation. This is the idea that people talk to one another, discussing ideas, sharing opinions and evolving collective viewpoints. It's not new. In fact, it dates beyond Zuckerberg, back to Gutenberg, because the original social network started with the book.Having ready access to books is just as important as a superfast broadband connection, and an inability or reluctance to read isolates you just as surely as a poor internet connection. Ministers should be just, if not more, concerned by this literary divide as they are by its digital equivalent.
The British Library aims to digitise its 25,000 medieval manuscripts, so readers around the world can see them. Here are six of the rarest.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the February 24, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 9, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks
2.     TOUCH AND GO, by Lisa Gardner
3.     RUSH, by Maya Banks
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     LOST TO YOU, by A. L. Jackson

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
2.     BEYOND BELIEF, by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
3.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
4.     MY BELOVED WORLD, by Sonia Sotomayor
5.     GOING CLEAR, by Lawrence Wright
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Feb. 10)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
American Sniper
1
Chris Kyle with Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice/HarperCollins
Beautiful Boy
2
David Sheff/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Merle's Door
3
Ted Kerasote/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Beyond Belief
4
New
Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer/HarperCollins
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
5
10
Stephen R. Covey/Free Press
Proof of Heaven
6
3
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
We Die Alone
7
David Howarth/Globe Pequot Press
Guns
8
1
Stephen King/Stephen King
My Beloved World
9
Sonia Sotomayor/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Going Clear
10
9
Lawrence Wright/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Safe Haven
1
1
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing
Touch & Go
2
New
Lisa Gardner/Penguin Group
Rush
3
New
Maya Banks/Penguin Group
Wait for Me
4
3
Elisabeth Naughton/Elisabeth Naughton
Gone Girl
5
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Beautiful Creatures
6
5
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lost to You
7
New
A.L. Jackson/A.L. Jackson
The Silver Linings Playbook
8
Matthew Quick/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Private Berlin
9
9
James Patterson, Mark Sullivan/Little, Brown
Hopeless
10
7
Colleen Hoover/Colleen Hoover

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