10 de março de 2013

Leituras Digitais (3 a 9 de Março)




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

Há uns tempos assisti a uma apresentação acerca da Music Box, por Celestino Alves. Para quem não conhece, trata-se de um serviço em que um cliente paga uma mensalidade e permite-lhe ouvir toda a música que quiser em streaming em diversos aparelhos e fazer um número limitado de dowloads legais por mês.
Durante essa apresentação, o CEO da NMusic defendeu que o que os utilizadores mais davam valor no download ilegal de músicas não era a gratuitidade, mas sim a simplicidade. O que ele fez foi criar um serviço de aquisição que fosse ainda mais simples e com maior valor acrescentado que os sitei de «torrentes» e download ilegais.
Inevitavelmente, pensei no mercado de ebooks, que muitos temem que descambe no dowload ilegal e sem recompensa para os editores e escritores.
With the addition of the Kids Corner children’s digital reading platform to its Reader Store, Sony will begin to support the EPUB3 spec, a step none of the major U.S. ebook retailers has yet taken.
The move should allow publishers to offer a level of interactive and engaging content through the Sony Reader Store that other retailers will not be able to match — which uses a proprietary ebook format for its iBooks Author platform that is very similar to EPUB3. It should also please publishers, which have to deal with the expense and complexity of building and managing multiple file formats for their retailer clients; the hope among many in the industry is that all ebook retailers adopt EPUB3 as a standard.
W3C today published the report of the workshop eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards, hosted by O’Reilly TOC on 11-12 February, 2013, in New York, USA, and sponsored by Pearson.W3C seeks to support the wide adoption of Web technologies in digital publishing contexts. Consequently, there is a need for the Web and Publishing communities to reinforce cooperation around well defined technical issues. This Workshop was a first step, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to share their own perspectives, requirements, and ideas to ensure that emerging global technology standards meet the needs of the Digital Publishing industry. The Workshop has identified a number of technical issues where the W3C could and should work together in the coming years.
For ebook retail platforms like Kindle, Nook, Storia, iBooks, Bookish, Zola and more, the name of the game is offering readers original content that they can’t find elsewhere.
ComiXology, the digital comics platform founded in 2007, seems to have absorbed that lesson and has launched a self-publishing portal for comic book writers and artists, Comixology Submit. Like Kindle Direct Publishing Select and other such programs, the new portal allows users to upload and publish content that will only be available through ComiXology.
Nunca como hoje se tornou tão premente repensar o livro, desde a forma como se edita, à forma como se distribui, ao formato, à plataforma, ao meio de chegar ao leitor. O advento da internet foi o rastilho, mas a invenção e o desenvolvimento de novas plataformas de leitura na primeira década do século XXI, como os leitores eletrónicos e os tablets, tornou mais do que inevitável essa questão.
Nearly a quarter of Americans spend $50 or more a month on digital content for their tablet computers and nearly 10% spend $100 or more, according to a new report.
There are now about 200 million tablets worldwide, according to the report from ABI Research, a global research firm, and a billion more on the way in the next five years. Unsurprisingly, the new research finds that tablet spending is much higher than smartphone spending.
According to the PRC over a quarter of Americans adults owned an ereader in January 2013. It seems that reports of the death of the ereader were greatly exaggerated.
This data comes not from the survey on American libraries or the report on US reading habits. Instead a helpful soul with the Pew Research Center pointed me at the reports and survey data that Pew has been gathering in their study of America’s mobile shopping habits.
A new UK start-up that aims to target the untapped market for reading on on smartphones, was announced at the UK’s Independent Publishers Guild conference on March 7. Developed by Scottish mobile technology specialists Evanidus, the service, called Boosh, is built around customers reading titles, then passing them to their Facebook friends who will be given the option to buy.
Apple filed for a patent yesterday for a system for ebook readers to buy and sell used ebooks, according to the New York Times.
Apple joins Amazon in its quest to establish a marketplace for used ebooks. Amazon received approval for its patent for a used ebook marketplace in February.
É a velha história da tão anunciada morte do papel. Primeiro falou-se dos jornais em relação à internet, agora discute-se a vida dos livros em formato Gutenberg contra o modernaço digital. As respostas não são fáceis e parecem apontar num caminho conjunto. Vanda Marques falou com algumas editoras portuguesas que comercializam ebooks num mercado ainda em crescimento. Luís Favas ilustra a viagem.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

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

E-Book Fiction

1.     CALCULATED IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb
2.     THE STORYTELLER, by Jodi Picoult
3.     ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson
4.     SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks
5.     THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, by Matthew Quick

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.     NO EASY DAY, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
4.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
5.     SALT SUGAR FAT, by Michael Moss
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended March 3)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Mere Christianity
1
C.S. Lewis/HarperCollins
EntreLeadership
2
Dave Ramsey/Howard Books
Drinking and Tweeting
3
1
Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce/Gallery Books
American Sniper
4
2
Chris Kyle with Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice/HarperCollins
No Easy Day
5
Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer/Penguin Group
Proof of Heaven
6
4
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
Salt Sugar Fat
7
New
Michael Moss/Random House
The Four Agreements
8
Don Miguel Ruiz/Amber-Allen Publishing
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
9
5
Stephen R. Covey/Free Press
The FastDiet
10
New
Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer/Atria Books

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Calculated in Death
1
New
J.D. Robb/Penguin Group
Never Too Far
2
New
Abbi Glines/Abbi Glines
The Storyteller
3
New
Jodi Picoult/Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Alex Cross, Run
4
1
James Patterson/Little, Brown
Safe Haven
5
2
Nicholas Sparks/Grand Central Publishing
The Silver Linings Playbook
6
Matthew Quick/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Wait for Me
7
4
Elisabeth Naughton/Elisabeth Naughton
Gone Girl
8
5
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Mirror Image
9
New
Sandra Brown/Grand Central Publishing
A Week in Winter
10
Maeve Binchy/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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