3 de março de 2013

Leituras Digitais (24 de Fevereiro a 2 de Março)




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

A “person familiar with the matter” told the New York Times that the last quarter for Nook — a disaster where the company’s sales of the devices actually shrunk versus the previous year even amid a boom in tablet adoption — had caused senior executives to rethink the company’s digital strategy.
Translation: The company could stop producing devices and concentrate instead on selling content on other form factors.
When asked for comment by Digital Book World, a Barnes & Noble spokesperson said, “We have no plans to discontinue our award-winning line of NOOK products.”
Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio hopes to “purchase all of the assets of the retail business of Barnes & Noble” as the bookseller struggles in a difficult bookselling environment.
The company offered a brief statement, but will not provide more commentary until a committee has evaluated the proposition or a deal is struck.
Many TeleRead readers are familiar with the incredible e-book management program, Calibre. Some of you are power users. Some of you aren’t. One of the most common questions I see on e-book forums is “how do I use Calibre?”
I thought I’d write a series that answers that question, and more. In fact, by the time this series is done, we will have produced a comprehensive Calibre users guide.
A atual fase da era digital, marcada pela expansão do mercado de e-books, vem acentuando o debate sobre o destino das bibliotecas tradicionais - e o seu incontornável impacto na formação de leitores.
A Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes e a Biblioteca Nacional da França ganharam o Prêmio Stanford de Inovação em Bibliotecas de Pesquisa (Spirl, sigla em inglês), e a Universidade de Griffith da Austrália e a Biblioteca Pública de Nova York receberam menções de mérito.
When your authorly competition is everyone in the world with a PC and a copy of Microsoft Word, standing in that infinitely long hiring line and trusting it’s your book that is going to be the next Harry Potter/Wool/Fifty Shades of Grey is quite an act of faith. It always was in the old world, too. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, baby. It’s still as difficult as fuck. It just a different kind of difficult as fuck. And frankly, anyone who tells you different is usually trying to sell you $300 writing courses, e-books with titles like ‘You too can be an e-book billionaire’, or a thousand REAL followers for your author’s FaceBook page who all seem, curiously, to be based in Turkey and Russia.
What makes someone decide to read a particular book? Do people read on their cell phones? Is there really a "walled garden" or do people shop around for e-books? And how many readers actually want books in serial format?
These are all questions we tackled in our presentation at February's publishing industry conference, Tools of Change. This year, we decided to do something a little different. We asked publishers what topics interested them, and then we surveyed the experts—the Goodreads community. The results were fascinating.
Rather than limiting discussion of a certain book to a digital room in e-readers such as the Kobo or Kindle, Socialbook lets all your friends in your personal digital network know what you’re reading and invites them into the conversation. Furthermore, Socialbook puts participants right into the text of the book, where they can scribble notes in the digital margin of the book, highlight portions, pull out quotes and even re-arrange the content.
On Friday, Feb 21st, Amazon alarmingly updated their Associates Program structure to wipe out affiliate commission payouts to sites listing free Kindle books as the primary driver of user traffic to Amazon.com, causing many Kindle-focused book launch, review, and discovery sites to rethink their business models.
Dutch libraries cannot lend e-books as part of their services, the education and culture minister has concluded in a research report on the Copyright Law, digital services and the role of public libraries. While acknowledging the issue may still face a legal challenge, the government proposes that the Copyright Law’s only exception is for physical works, which libraries can lend for a nominal fee.
Deutsche Telekom has confirmed it is bringing out an e-reader in collaboration with booksellers Thalia, Weltbild and Hugendubel, plus Club Bertelsmann.
Bookseller Nina Hugendubel has called it "a national alternative to the major US corporations."
According to German media reports, the Tolino Shine, launched next week (March 7th),  will offer 300,000 titles to start with and will be priced at 99 euros. It supports EPUB, PDF and TXT files. E-books can also be saved free of charge on Telekom's cloud and accessed by WLAN from home, via one of Telekom's 11,000 free hotspots or at any of its bookseller partners' 1,500 shops in Germany.
Gamification is one of the hot new concepts in children’s enhanced ebooks. The general idea is simple: To get kids to eat their broccoli (i.e., read books), let’s put some cheese on it (make them fun — cheese on broccoli > broccoli alone).
I think that most readers would like a little cheese on their broccoli, so to speak, and that publishers of illustrated ebooks — like cookbooks and other how-to content — should consider applying gamification to their adult-oriented products.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the March 10, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 23, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson
2.     SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks
3.     WAIT FOR ME, by Elisabeth Naughton
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     IF YOU STAY, by Courtney Cole

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     DRINKING AND TWEETING, by Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce
2.     AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
3.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
4.     AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, by Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
5.     AFTER VISITING FRIENDS, by Michael Hainey
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended Feb. 24)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Drinking and Tweeting
1
1
Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce/Gallery Books
American Sniper
2
2
Chris Kyle with Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice/HarperCollins
America the Beautiful
3
3
Ben Carson with Candy Carson/Zondervan
Proof of Heaven
4
4
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
5
6
Stephen R. Covey/Free Press
Killing Kennedy
6
10
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
After Visiting Friends
7
New
Michael Hainey/Scribner
Life Code
8
5
Phil McGraw/Bird Street Books
Killing Lincoln
9
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
One Thousand Gifts
10
Ann Voskamp/Zondervan

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Alex Cross, Run
1
New
James Patterson/Little, Brown
Safe Haven
2
2
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing
Beautiful Creatures
3
1
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Wait for Me
4
7
Elisabeth Naughton/Elisabeth Naughton
Gone Girl
5
9
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Waiting for Love
6
New
Marie Force/HTJB
If You Stay
7
Courtney Cole/Lakehouse Press
Touch & Go
8
Lisa Gardner/Penguin Group
Beautiful Darkness
9
3
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rush
10
10
Maya Banks/Penguin Group

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