19 de maio de 2013

Leituras Digitais (5 a 18 de Maio)



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

Amazon is widely recognized as having ignited the ebook market with the launch of the Kindle Store in 2007, and today I realized that they might be trying to repeat that success with audiobooks.
The new Gatekeepers of the New World of Publishing have just these new levers – Friction and Discoverability and DRM and Social Proof and Perceptions. These levers aren’t half as strong and powerful as the Real Impenetrable Gates the Old Gatekeepers had. Fortunately, for the New Gatekeepers, there is one very powerful lever amongst these. One that, if used correctly, becomes a real barrier.DRM.DRM is, for most readers (who are not technically savvy), a REAL barrier to freedom of movement.
Kobo has ventured into new territory, creating an alternate reality game called The Descent for a three-week contest to help promote the launch of Dan Brown’s new novel Inferno.
Sourcebooks and OverDrive are partnering on a pilot program that will allow library patrons worldwide the opportunity to read New York Times bestselling author Michael Malone’s acclaimed novel “The Four Corners of the Sky” in ebook format. The Big Library Read is a no cost program in which libraries worldwide promote from their lending catalog a single ebook to their patrons. In addition to creating a global “library book club,” it’s designed to generate data about the positive exposure and sales influence library ebook catalogs provide to authors and publishers.
“Google And The World Brain” is a new documentary about Google’s plan to scan all of the world’s books, which triggered an ongoing lawsuit being heard today. The hair-raising film sees Google import millions of copyrighted works, get sued, lose, but almost get a literature monopoly in the process. It’s scary, informative, and worth watching if you recognize its biased portrayal of Google as evil.
The film is getting wider release as Google continues to fight the Author’s Guild in court today. The organization is demanding $3 billion in damages from Google for scanning and reproducing copyrighted books. Google is asking the court to prevent the group from filing a class-action suit.
For the study this year, we analyzed over $12 million in sales for a collection of 120,000 Smashwords ebooks from May 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.  We aggregated our sales data from across our retail distribution network, which includes the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Amazon (only about 200 of our 200,000 titles are at Amazon).  As the world's largest indie ebook distributor, I think our study represents the most comprehensive analysis ever of how ebooks from self-published authors and small independent presses are behaving in the marketplace.
A linguagem que está sendo gerada pelos escritores virtuais está longe de alcançar a dimensão e a riqueza do estilo de grandes autores celebrizados por livros impressos.
We are always looking for new technologies we may be able to incorporate into our products over the long term. The Liquavista team shares our passion for invention and is creating exciting new technologies with a lot of potential. It’s still early days, but we’re excited about the possibilities and we look forward to working with Liquavista to develop these displays.
At Publishers Weekly’s May 8 discussion series on trends in consumer book-buying, held at the offices of Random House in New York City, Carl Kulo, U.S. director of Bowker Market Research, highlighted the major shifts that took place in 2012 in such key areas as sales by format and by channel.
The Bookseller Industry awards has just occurred in the United Kingdom and Pottermore came away with a huge victory. The Harry Potter focused digital company beat out some hefty competition by Random House, Harlequin, Kobo, Penguin, and Bloomsbury.The Pottermore strategy as a gateway to sell ebooks has been a bit of a case study on how to start an e-commerce site and maintain control over the entire experience. Normally, books are sold and distributed by the publisher and seldom does the author maintain any control over the companies that send the books to libraries and bookstores, let alone international rights and sales.
They’re calling the new screen tech Mobius. Instead of the glass panel used in many ereaders today, the Mobius screen uses a plastic backplane that is flexible and as a result is more resistant to impact.
Brazilian ebook and education firm Simplissimo has been surveying Brazilian ebooks since 2011, well before the launch of Amazon, Kobo and Google stores. Earlier this week Revolução eBook [eBook Revolution], the Brazilian version of the Digital Book World portal, published the latest Simplissimo survey, which showed that there currently 25,000 Brazilian Portuguese titles in the digital format in Brazil, a jump from 16,000 in August 2012 (before the arrival of big international players in the end of 2013).
Earlier this week, we learned of Sony's plans for a 13.3-inch e-ink slate with stylus support pitched at students, and now Diginfo has caught up with the prototype device at the Educational IT Solutions Expo in Japan. The A4-sized tablet is said to be the first piece of hardware with an E Ink Mobius display that's flexible and light due to its new plastic construction. Co-developed by Sony and E Ink, the display only contributes 60g to the overall weight, which is apparently 50 percent lighter than similar screens built with glass. 
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the May 26, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 11, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     DEAD EVER AFTER, by Charlaine Harris
2.     THE HIT, by David Baldacci
3.     SILKEN PREY, by John Sandford
4.     12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5.     WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2.     LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
3.     WAITING TO BE HEARD, by Amanda Knox
4.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
5.     A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended April 28)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Happy, Happy, Happy
1
New
Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach/Howard Books
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
2
4
David Sedaris/Little, Brown
Waiting to Be Heard
3
1
Amanda Knox/HarperCollins
Lean In
4
5
Sheryl Sandberg/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Captive in Iran
5
Maryam Rostampour, Marziyeh Amirizadeh/Tyndale House
A Stolen Life
6
Jaycee Dugard/Simon & Schuster
Obsessed
7
Mika Brzezinski/Weinstein Publishing
Dad Is Fat
8
New
Jim Gaffigan/Crown Publishing Group
Proof of Heaven
9
7
Eben Alexander/Simon & Schuster
I'll See You Again
10
Jackie Hance with Janice Kaplan/Gallery Books

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
The Great Gatsby
1
3
F. Scott Fitzgerald/Scribner
Dead Ever After
2
New
Charlaine Harris/Penguin Group
The Hit
3
2
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
Silken Prey
4
New
John Sandford/Penguin Group
12th of Never
5
1
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
Whiskey Beach
6
5
Nora Roberts/Penguin Group
The Bet
7
8
Rachel Van Dyken/Rachel Van Dyken
The Oracle Glass
8
Judith Merkle Riley/Sourcebooks
The Sisterhood
9
Helen Bryan/AmazonEncore
Don't Say a Word
10
Barbara Freethy/Barbara Freethy


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A Reader's Passion: Kobo Commercial

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