5 de maio de 2013

Leituras Digitais (21 de Abril a 4 de Maio)




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

In a letter to the editor at the New York Times, Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts co-owner Marion Abbott urged self-published authors to “think twice before venturing into a world largely unknown to them.”

Under legal pressure in Europe and in an attempt to clean up after the Random House merger, Penguin has offered to change its pricing strategy and abandon the agency model. This move preempts a European Commission inquiry into anti-trust and anti-competition allegations, which if it had found Penguin at fault, would have resulted in fines and sanctions.
Used ebooks are a hot topic right now, with Apple and Amazon each pursuing a patent over reselling digital content and as a result sparking a debate on the legality, ethics, and morality of a second-hand marketplace for products that don’t decay.This is a hot topic across the pond as well, only it has gone in a slightly different direction. A German court has ruled this week that ebooks cannot be resold.
Enhanced ebooks have never quite been as successful as some publishers would like, but I think HarperCollins wants to change that. They’ve just launched a new webpage on the official HarperCollins website that is focused on promoting enhanced ebooks.
Amazon's bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving.
Kobo launched a new e-reader at last week's London Book Fair: the Aura HD. Clearly taking aim at Amazon's ever-expanding Kindle lineup, the Aura comes with the highest definition screen of any e-ink device yet, and the fastest processor, meaning it can turn pages quickly and browse the web with ease. Coupled with Kobo's UK focus and its partnership with WH Smith, the lovable old stalwart of the high street, it's no surprise that it was warmly welcomed.
China Miéville called the decision “a game changer” and long-time anti-DRM author and blogger Cory Doctorow praised the decision on both theGuardian Technology Blog and boing boing, the blog he co-edits: “I think that this might be the watershed for ebook DRM, the turning point that marks the moment at which all ebooks end up DRM-free. It’s a good day.”
Digital book distribution is available to anyone who wants it. What in the paper world requires trucks, warehouses, a sales force, and longstanding relationships with buyers at dozens of retail operations, in digital is a push-button à la carte service offered by companies like Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo, and Smashwords. An author so inclined can buy digital distribution for 30% of the list price of the book she's publishing – the same digital distribution a legacy publisher offers – and outsource all other publishing functions, all for significantly less than legacy publishers charge for their packaged service.
Ebook production on a much larger scale as well as a massive cutback in the production of bound books will make a huge difference in our collective carbon footprint. The production and distribution of ebooks has so many positive benefits for the planet while also greatly reducing costs. Just a cursory listing of these benefits: decrease in removal of old forest growth, decrease in fuel consumption for transport, and decrease in land and water used in the storage and creation of physical books. Start there and begin to look at this picture in terms of dollars as well as taking that leap into the new technologies we now possess and/or are creating for ebooks and this challenge proves most exciting.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the May 12, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 27, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE HIT, by David Baldacci
2.     CLAIM ME, by J. Kenner
3.     DAMAGED, by H. M. Ward
4.     TWISTED PERFECTION, by Abbi Glines
5.     FLY AWAY, by Kristin Hannah

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
2.     BRAIN ON FIRE, by Susannah Cahalan
3.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
5.     COOKED, by Michael Pollan
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended April 28)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
1
New
David Sedaris/Little, Brown
Brain on Fire
2
2
Susannah Cahalan/Free Press
Jumpstart to Skinny
3
New
Bob Harper with Greg Critser/Random House
Lean In
4
3
Sheryl Sandberg/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Proof of Heaven
5
8
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
American Rose
6
Karen Abbott/Random House
Cooked
7
New
Michael Pollan/Penguin Group
Trident K9 Warriors
8
Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek/St. Martin's Press
Angela's Ashes
9
10
Frank McCourt/Scribner
Top of the Morning
10
New
Brian Stelter/Grand Central Publishing

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Hit
1
New
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
Claim Me
2
New
J. Kenner/Random House
Damaged
3
2
H.M. Ward/Laree Bailey Press
Twisted Perfection
4
New
Abbi Glines/Abbi Glines
Fly Away
5
New
Kristin Hannah/St. Martin's Press
The Bet
6
4
Rachel Van Dyken/Rachel Van Dyken
The Great Gatsby
7
7
F. Scott Fitzgerald/Scribner
Whiskey Beach
8
1
Nora Roberts/Penguin Group
Wedding Night
9
New
Sophie Kinsella/Random House
Real
10
5
Katy Evans/Katy Evans

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