21 de abril de 2013

Leituras Digitais (7 a 20 de Abril)




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

There is no logic in allowing libraries to lend physical books and not electronic books, so long as proper controls are in place. The Sieghart review sensibly suggests that digital lending should echo physical lending – forcing ebooks to "deteriorate" after a certain amount of loans, for instance. It also recommends the long-overdue extension of public lending right (PLR) to e-loans.
After a boom year in self-publishing the headlines are getting a little predictable. Most feature a doughty author who quickly builds demand for her work and is rewarded with a large contract from the traditional industry. But in our rush to admire, there's a risk we overlook the wider cultural significance of what is going on. As publishers from all over the world prepare for next week's London book fair, here are 10 changes that they ignore at their peril.
The main reason indie bookstores are failing is because of the lack of innovation. If you take a look at the homepages of any of the sites that have went out business during the last few years, you will notice a major trend. Their overall designs have hardly ever changed since they first launched and most have a poor user interface. Searching is woeful and being able to intuitively find what you are looking for is an exercise in futility. These companies have never revised their sites or invested in proper searching algorithms or adopted new technology to appeal to today’s discerning customer. Maintaining an outdated status quo when selling ebooks in 2013 is something that will put you out of business, fast.
Mohsin Hamid says technology has compressed and changed the way people read – but how much has really altered?
France’s national digitization project moved one step closer to fruition this week with the release of a list of 60,000 out of print works to be digitized and released as commercial ebooks.
Barnes & Noble has just announced the launch Nook Press, and for once they’ve stolen a march on Amazon. Nook Press is going to replace PubIt as B&N’s self-pub platform, and it adds a new function to the Nook Store that the Kindle Store still lacks. Rather than offer an automated conversion, Nook Press lets you upload a Doc or RTF file and then edit the work to produce a better looking ebook which you can then sell in the Nook Store.
Thirty years ago, Tim Waterstone founded one of the UK's best-known booksellers, and is still in love with the idea of bookshops. So what is he doing starting a new ebooks venture?
One question that seems to keep popping up in the ebook publishing world is, "when will a Spotify for ebooks emerge?" You could argue that a few services already offer unlimited access to free ebook content. Those services are, of course, limited in their breadth. You won't find any offering all the latest bestsellers, for example, but Spotify and other streaming music services let you listen to plenty of hits.
Book sales rose 6.2% last year in the U.S., thanks to the continued growth of electronic publishing, according to newly released StatShot data from the Assn. of American Publishers.
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages.
Cutting edge LCD screens are always going to have a higher resolution than E-ink screens, right?Wrong. Meet the Kobo Aura HD, a new ereader with a 6.8″ E-ink screen that (according to the product page) has a resolution of 1440×1080. That screen resolution is actually higher than the screen on the Nook HD (1440×900).
Faber trails 'fully immersive' version of The Thirty-Nine Steps, and a bespoke ebook using digital format to rethink conventional narrative.

New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the April 28, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 13, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE BET, by Rachel Van Dyken
2.     DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING, by Mary Higgins Clark
3.     DAMAGED, by H. M. Ward
4.     SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben
5.     UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, by Stuart Woods

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     BRAIN ON FIRE, by Susannah Cahalan
2.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3.     KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
4.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
5.     BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended April 14)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Brain on Fire
1
3
Susannah Cahalan/Free Press
The Fast Metabolism Diet
2
New
Haylie Pomroy/Crown Publishing Group
Lean In
3
1
Sheryl Sandberg/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Guests of the Ayatollah
4
Mark Bowden/Grove/Atlantic
Killing Kennedy
5
9
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Proof of Heaven
6
5
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
After Visiting Friends
7
Michael Hainey/Scribner
Bossypants
8
Tina Fey/Little, Brown
The FastDiet
9
8
Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer/Atria Books
Gulp
10
4
Mary Roach/W.W. Norton & Co.

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Bet
1
Rachel Van Dyken/Rachel Van Dyken
Daddy's Gone A Hunting
2
New
Mary Higgins Clark/Simon & Schuster
Damaged
3
New
H.M. Ward/Laree Bailey Press
Six Years
4
4
Harlan Coben/Penguin Group
Unintended Consequences
5
New
Stuart Woods/Penguin Group
Falling Into You
6
5
Jasinda Wilder/Jasinda Wilder
A Memory of Light
7
Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson/Tor Books
Don't Go
8
New
Lisa Scottoline/St. Martin's Press
The Storyteller
9
7
Jodi Picoult/Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Fever
10
2
Maya Banks/Penguin Group

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