3 de junho de 2013

Leituras Digitais (19 de Maio a 1 de Junho)

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

While most small presses sell all their books freely and happily to libraries, the “Big Five” publishers continue to be terrified by the idea of letting public libraries have their e-books, and to punish libraries for even trying to get their e-books to customers.The corporations’ confused and panic-driven search for an “acceptable business model” for the library e-book has led to some truly grotesque solutions.
Okay, we all know about this. Piracy, the great and terrifying force that’s destroying authors’ means to make a living on one hand, and getting their work in front of thousands of new readers on the other. There’s plenty of conflicting information out there.Let’s get down to business, shall we? Here’s what you need to know, my dear author friends, in a handy bullet point list.
Na sequência de uma de uma decisão do seu comité executivo, a Unesco vai disponibilizar gratuitamente todas as suas publicações digitais, numa iniciativa que visa incentivar o Open Access.
Na sequência desta decisão, qualquer pessoa pode descarregar, traduzir, adaptar e distribuir gratuitamente as publicações da Unesco.
E-ink has managed to be the most exciting and biggest letdown at SID Display Week this year.They’ve just unveiled a new screen tech that promises to offer the sharp color that the Triton 2 color E-ink lacks in no less than 3 colors, but unfortunately it is also limited to exactly 3 colors.The Spectra 3 Color Display is the second new shelf label tech that E-ink is showing off this year. It’s based in part on Sipix screen tech that E-ink bought last year, a detail which the following chart made clear and which was confirmed by E-ink’s reps.
Ahead of last year’s FutureBook Innovation Workshop, we published our ‘ten challenges to innovation in publishing’.  Nearly one year on, what are the new challenges to publishers when it comes to digital innovation? At the FutureBook Innovation Workshop in Association with The Literary Platform speakers will be demonstrating how they are currently dealing with some of these challenges – but here are some outline thoughts ahead of the event.
The concept of a school library in a digital age is challenging. With the capacity to download books onto a range of digital devices there is every possibility the library could look superfluous to youngsters growing up today. Why would you want to visit a room which is essentially about storage and distribution?
Over the course of the past few years, I’ve warmed up quite a bit to eBook reading. Part of this was because it seems that eBooks have finally, after years of missteps, finally found a foothold as a viable product. Another reason is because eBook readers have come a long way and, well, I’m a bit of a gadget hound. So when kobo offered to send along the new Kobo Aura HD eBook Reader for review purposes, I jumped at the chance.
BEA 2013 kicks off tomorrow, so Kobo sent out a press release today reminding us how great they are doing.Kobo is following up a record 143% growth in revenue in 2012 with a still impressive 98% increase in the first quarter of this year. They’re also reporting that they now have 14.5 million registered users, an increase of 2.5 million in only 3 months, with 15 percent of the new user base coming from the US, as well as a sizeable increase in hardware sales – 145%, in fact.
You want your kids to learn and you know reading books is undeniably good for them. Electronic screens are, generally speaking, bad. Game consoles, television sets: You feel your kids' brains dying with each hour they spend in front of them. But what about those cool-looking tablets? And that iPad commercial with kids reading from apps?The overwhelming majority of parents (94%) still think reading printed books to their kids is important, according to a new survey out Tuesday from the Pew Research Center. And they believe this even though parents as a group actually tend to be more tech-savvy, own more tablet computers and read more e-books than non-parents do.
It’s a busy week for us this week, with BookExpo America in town. We have our all-day Publishers Launch conference on Wednesday, May 29, and a solid two days of appointments on Thursday and Friday. I have the time today to present two ideas we’ll be touching upon at the conference and that I’ll be asking about in those meetings and it seems worthwhile to do so.
Há uns meses, no seu blogue «Horas Extraordinárias», a editora Maria do Rosário Pedreira questionava-se sobre a auto-edição e o aparente desinteresse de alguns escritores em tentarem publicar a sua obra através de uma editora tradicional capaz de reconhecer ou não a qualidade da sua escrita. No fim concluía que talvez isso acontecesse porque, na auto-edição, recebiam uma percentagem maior das vendas e que, por isso, mais do que o reconhecimento de um editor, preferiam o dinheiro.
No fundo, todos aqueles que gostam de escrever e até aqueles que gostavam de escrever, mas sentem que não têm talento suficiente, sonham em publicar um livro através de uma editora reputada. Contudo, como é natural, esse sonho não está ao alcance de todos, seja porque não tiveram a sorte de encontrar um editor que tomasse a decisão de arriscar neles, seja por, apesar de terem técnica, lhes faltar originalidade, seja porque simplesmente não têm qualquer talento.
DailyLit is happy to announce that through a partnership with Harvard Bookstore and the team behind Design for Obama, artists have been asked to reimagine covers for books like The Wizard of Oz, Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, and Sherlock Holmes.
The eInsider program is a new initiative by HarperCollins that will allow authors to send out either samples or the full edition of the book. Authors belonging to the publishing label will get a set of unique codes that can be redeemed for the entire ebook and can only be used once before they expire. This puts a bit more power into the authors hands to share their digital editions with whomever they want. The ebook they share is fully encrypted with Digital-Rights-Management, which prevents other users from being able to view the book.
Every year, as a precursor to Book Expo America, the IDPF holds its annual two day conference. It brings all of the movers and shakers of the digital world to hold panels and talk about the current state of affairs of digital ebooks and future formats. The Daisy Consortium, IDPF, and W3C all talked extensively about how EPUB 3 was doing and the speakers were all trying hard to convince publishers to gravitate towards this format. Although progress has been made, the format is not ready to be deployed in earnest.Almost every publisher we talked to expressed reservations about getting involved in the next generation of the EPUB3 ebook format. If you are unfamiliar with this format, it borrows heavy elements from HTML5, and allows for audio, video, and the ability to change the language on the fly. It is certainly appealing on a fundamental level for anyone wanting to do interactive content, kids books, cook books, and other media-centric activities.
Para quem gosta de livros, viver no meio deles é um privilégio, seja como escritor, editor, livreiro, leitor, etc. Não me queixo da minha sorte, faço exactamente o que gosto. Todavia, já desfrutei mais com o que faço, ou melhor, já gostei mais do negócio dos livros. Num passado recente a relação que existia entre os vários agentes do livro era mais equilibrada, o mercado era mais distribuído, homogéneo, não importava tanto ser grande ou pequeno, mais forte ou mais fraco. Eu acreditava que no mercado ninguém se considerava acima da lei, e que ninguém fora dele podia impor leis que o mercado fosse forçado a reconhecer, pois seja qual for a constituição de um mercado, se houver uma só empresa que não esteja submetida à lei, todas as outras estarão necessariamente à mercê dessa empresa.
O nosso mercado do livro não é hoje muito diferente ao de outros países, o que aconteceu lá fora, aconteceu cá dentro mas para pior, isto é, transformou-se praticamente num oligopólio, tanto a nível do retalho como a nível editorial, onde a maior parte das médias e familiares editoras passaram a ser meras chancelas editoriais. Existem actualmente em Portugal duas grandes empresas editoriais, a Porto Editora e a Leya. No retalho a realidade não é muito diferente, existem os hipermercados – de onde se destaca a Sonae –, a enorme cadeia de livrarias Bertrand – pertencente ao grupo da Porto Editora – e um gigante chamado FNAC. Tudo o resto são duas ou três médias empresas, outras tantas pequenas e um punhado de micro empresas que vivem sob as regras e o jugo das grandes. E o resultado é este: quando um gigante e um anão caminham na mesma estrada, em cada passada que dão o gigante ganha nova vantagem.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the June 9, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 25, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     INFERNO, by Dan Brown
2.     AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
3.     DON'T SAY A WORD, by Barbara Freethy
4.     THE HIT, by David Baldacci
5.     12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2.     ELEVEN RINGS, by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
3.     LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
4.     HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
           
Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended May 26)

Nonfiction E-Books
Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
I'll See You Again
1
10
Jackie Hance with Janice Kaplan/Gallery Books
Eleven Rings
2
New
Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty/Penguin Group (USA)
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
3
3
David Sedaris/Little, Brown
Happy, Happy, Happy
4
4
Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach/Howard Books
Lean In
5
6
Sheryl Sandberg/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
6
--
Dee Alexander Brown/Open Road Media
Sh— My Dad Says
7
8
Justin Halpern/HarperCollins
Bossypants
8
--
Tina Fey/Little,Brown
The Eighty-Dollar Champion
9
1
Elizabeth Letts/Random House
The 100
10
New
Jorge Cruise/HarperCollins

Fiction E-Books
Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Inferno
1
1
Dan Brown/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
And the Mountains Echoed
2
New
Khaled Hosseini/Penguin Group (USA)
The Great Gatsby
3
2
F. Scott Fitzgerald/Scribner
The Hit
4
4
David Baldacci/Grand Central Publishing
Don't Say a Word
5
6
Barbara Freethy/Barbara Freethy
12th of Never
6
5
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
Binding Agreement: Just One Night
7
New
Kyra Davis/Pocket Star
Silken Prey
8
7
John Sandford/Penguin Group
Whiskey Beach
9
9
Nora Roberts/Penguin Group
Ricochet
10
--
Sandra Brown/Simon & Schuster


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