10 de fevereiro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (3 a 9 de Fevereiro)




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

Dois meses depois de estrear no Brasil, a Amazon já é a segunda maior vendedora de e-books do país – a Apple, com iBooks, é líder com alguma folga.
Beleza. Mas enfrenta um enorme obstáculo para subir ao topo: são quatro milhões de iPads no Brasil aptos a comprar os e-books vendidos pela Apple contra cerca de 45 000 kindles que podem baixar livros pela Amazon.
Access to ebooks for patrons is still a high priority and librarians are “frustrated with the pace of change,” according to Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library and co-chair of ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group. Librarians are also unhappy with library ebook licenses that are limiting or when ebooks are more expensive for libraries to purchase and the “ALA anticipates that continued, or stepped up, advocacy will be necessary in 2013.” So look forward to that.At the same time, librarians are exploring options to bring more ebooks economically to their patrons – like buying ebooks from indie authors or becoming community publishing centers.
Digital comics are in a transitional period as they enter the traditional world of e-books. In recent weeks, DC Comics has moved on from their Amazon exclusive on digital graphic novels. They also started offering digital copies of their monthly comics for the Kindle, Nook and iBookstore. Marvel expanded the scope of their digital graphic novel program to include the Kindle and the iBook store. But as availability grows, there’s still inconsistency in what titles are available on which platform. And discounts are all over the map.
Cloud View Technologies, a developer of digital delivery platforms for publishers, independent authors, and instructors unveiled the Author Cloudware™ cloud-based application that will be used to bring affordable digital content management to both independent authors and publishers.
As e-reader adoption begins to wane and consumers buy more tablet computers, publishers are scrambling to provide the enhanced, innovative reading experiences readers are coming to expect. It’s not just about the straight-text ebook anymore.Shuffle, a title from Tonto Books, exemplifies the best in innovative reading experiences. It won the Publishing Innovation Award for best ebook fiction from Digital Book World at this year’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo in New York. (See the rest of this year’s PIA winners here.)
Craig Mod is a writer and designer who splits his time between Japan and the US. Formerly of Flipboard, much of his writing is concerned with ebooks and digital publishing — the pitfalls the industry falls into, and how best to avoid them. His most recent essay, Subcompact Publishing, sparked a lot of online chatter last November over its vision for a minimal, service-oriented publishing future. I sat down with Mod in December during his latest stopover in Tokyo to talk about these ideas, Japan, and more.
Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to lock in so-called structural color, which is made with texture rather than chemicals. A paper on the work is published online in the current edition of the Nature journal Scientific Reports.In a peacock's mother-of-pearl tail, precisely arranged hairline grooves reflect light of certain wavelengths. That's why the resulting colors appear different depending on the movement of the animal or the observer. Imitating this system—minus the rainbow effect—has been a leading approach to developing next-generation reflective displays.
So, what it boils down to is what can B&N do to revive its fortunes? Can its fortunes be revived?As it stands today, pessimism is probably appropriate for B&N. Mitchell Klipper, B&N CEO, Leonard Riggio, chairman, and management crew have shown that they are incapable of forward or strategic, or maybe even tactical, thinking. Yet they remain in control of B&N.
There is a vision of online bookselling, which I share, which is that it will become increasingly atomized. Books (and, ultimately, other content too) will be merchandised in unique ways across countless web sites curating and presenting content choices for their own communities and audiences. One early prototype of how this might work is the Random House initiative powering “bookstores” for Politico and Publishers Lunch’s Bookateria.
While there are hurdles to globalizing ebook distribution, progress is already being made in a number of countries who originally had technological or political barriers. One of the key markets that is rising to the top in ebook sales is China, once considered a difficult country for publication due to government restrictions on writers and on the very basic issue of developing e-readers that would be compatible with the language. An article for China Economic Net demonstrated why China might be the next major market publishers will want to be in.
Yesterday, I reported here on a number of literary voices lamenting the store closures announced by the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble.But perhaps this is a case of: “The bookstore is dead! Long live the bookstore!” The idea of selling books from your own shop is a romantic one, and it’s gripped the otherwise sane mind of many a book lover.
E Ink today announced its unaudited consolidated revenues in January 2013, totaled NT $ 2.572 billion, representing a growth of 82% over January 2012. “We are pleased with the company’s performance, our eReader market segment remains strong, our LCD sales via the Hydis subsidiary met expectations and our diversification efforts are showing traction in the areas of Mobile Phones, Wrist Watches, Electronic Shelf Labels and others.” Said Dr. Scott Liu, Chairman, E Ink Holdings.At the recently concluded CES show in Las Vegas, E Ink’s customer Yota Devices, demonstrated a dual display phone that featured ePaper and LCD displays which won the CNET Best of CES Award. E Ink’s customer Central Standard Timing announced CST-01 the World’s thinnest watch at 0.8mm weighing less than 10 grams that takes advantage of the low power, sunlight readable, thin, light and curved E Ink SURF display. The CST-01 has far exceeded its fund raising goals on Kickstarter.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the February 17, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 2, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks
2.     UNTIL THE END OF TIME, by Danielle Steel
3.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
4.     COLLIDE, by Gail McHugh
5.     HOPELESS, by Colleen Hoover

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2.     CRY SILENT TEARS, by Joe Peters
3.     REMEMBERING WHITNEY, by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey
4.     KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5.     GOING CLEAR, by Lawrence Wright
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Feb. 3)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Guns
1
2
Stephen King/Stephen King
The Pirate Coast
2
Richard Zacks/Hyperion
Proof of Heaven
3
1
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
Cry Silent Tears
4
7
Joe Peters/HarperCollins
Remembering Whitney
5
New
Cissy Houston/HarperCollins
Killing Kennedy
6
8
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Shred
7
3
Ian K. Smith/St. Martin's Press
Predictably Irrational
8
Dan Ariely/HarperCollins
Going Clear
9
6
Lawrence Wright/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
10
Stephen R. Covey/Free Press

Fiction E-Books
Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Safe Haven
1
1
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing
Until the End of Time
2
New
Danielle Steel/Delacorte Press
Wait for Me
3
5
Elisabeth Naughton/Elisabeth Naughton
Gone Girl
4
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Beautiful Creatures
5
8
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Collide
6
Gail McHugh/Gail McHugh
Hopeless
7
3
Colleen Hoover/Colleen Hoover
The Misremembered Man
8
Christina McKenna/AmazonEncore
Private Berlin
9
2
James Patterson, Mark Sullivan/Little, Brown
Heartsong
10
Debbie Macomber/Random House

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