1 de julho de 2013

Leituras Digitais (16 a 29 de Junho)

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

Bowker Market Research reported last week that self-published ebooks now account for 12% of the entire digital publishing market. In some cases, the number actually rises to a very respectable 20%, but is fairly genre specific to crime, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and humor. 95% of these books are insufferable and are written to capitalize on trends in publishing, with authors trying to emulate successful writers such as E.L. James or Cassandra Claire.At a recent publishing conference in London, Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, blasted authors who self-publish. “The overwhelming majority of self-published books are terrible—unutterable rubbish, they don’t enhance anything in the world.” He ranted on by saying, “These books come out and are met with a deathly silence, so the principle experience of self-publishing is one of disappointment. I was very shocked to learn you can buy Facebook friends and likes on social media. That is what passes for affirmation in what I think is the deeply corrupt world of self-publishing.”
Tomely (www.tomely.com), an ebookstore for independent publishers and authors, is set to launch today. Tomely has been designed specifically to facilitate direct transactions between readers and their favourite indie authors and publishers.All ebooks sold through Tomely are DRM-free, and Tomely allows readers to easily load purchased books directly onto any of their favourite devices, or send them to social reading services like Readmill.
O Brasil tem uma nova plataforma digital de colaboração para produção de conteúdos, leitura e aperfeiçoamento da escrita. Na Widbook, os autores podem publicar livros em linha de forma gratuita e trabalhar em parceria com outros utilizadores. Em cinco meses, o projeto alcançou a marca de 4 mil livros digitais, sendo que 700 estão publicados e os restantes a ser escritos.
A Secretaria de Políticas Culturais, está disponibilizando o livro CulturaDigital.BR lançado em 2009 pelo Ministério da Cultura. A publicação, organizada por Rodrigo Savazoni e Sérgio Cohn, é uma coletânea de entrevistas que procuram abrir a discussão sobre a cultura digital. São pensadores da cibercultura que propõem um conjunto inicial de questões ao debate estabelecido com a criação do Fórum da Cultura Digital pelo Ministério da Cultura.
O objetivo da publicação, de acordo com o coordenador de Cultura Digital do MinC,  José Murilo Jr, que junto com Álvaro Malaguti fez a supervisão do livro, é "trazer várias visões como subsídio para os campos da cultura que tem a interface na cultura digital".
A Penguin acaba de lançar o First to read, um programa que vai permitir a alguns leitores o acesso a novidades editoriais digitais meses antes de elas chegarem às lojas.
Quem se inscrever na iniciativa poderá selecionar um conjunto de títulos que depois serão sorteados entre os interessados. Os contemplados terão então acesso a uma leitura prévia da obra e poderão escrever recensões, comentários e partilhá-los nas redes sociais, ganhando pontos de acordo com o  nível de interação que conseguirem.
So why is it so hard to borrow an e-book? It’s because none of the companies involved are working together. The e-reader makers, library lending software developers, and the publishers are all working at odds and it’s us who suffer. E-book library lending is broken.
Of course, the truth of these imprints will be in the storytelling. Until we see them producing consistently exciting work over the long term, neither authors nor readers should be dazzled by their daddy's name. But I strongly believe that we should also get better at taking and celebrating risks. We must allow publishers to fail better, without engaging in continual media mudslinging, or citing specific horror stories as symbols of endemic rot. Otherwise that brave, imperfect future, of which we don't yet know the contours, won't take shape at all.
Overall, if the eBook market for kids is considered the Wild West, it is one in the midst of being civilized. The resistance to providing a device to a child in place of a print book is diminishing – eBooks are already the go-to for parents and children when a distraction while travelling is needed. EBooks have a distinct advantage for parents and kids when it comes to convenience, whether that is in the ease of purchasing a new book, keeping an entire library in one easy-to-carry place, or having ready access to a world of stories and ideas anytime, anywhere. One of the most encouraging developments is the fact that eBooks seem to be helpful in turning non-readers or reluctant readers into avid ones. More booklovers in the world is a good thing for all of us, and opening up the world of books and stories to someone for whom that world was foreign and inaccessible is a tremendous opportunity and privilege.
The question is this: What is the future for B&N if it abandons the Nook? I know that top B&N management thinks the future will be rosier if Nook is spun off or sold or, in a worse case scenario, allowed to die, but that is really just another example of why B&N will likely follow Borders in the absence of management change. Short-sighted thinking seems to be the rule, which is exactly the opposite of Amazon’s management. I have to give Amazon and Jeff Bezos the credit they are due — they think long-term not short-term, which is why Amazon controls the retail book market in the United States.
Quando se fala de edição em Portugal, qual é, de facto, a realidade que se discute? A conclusão é dos profissionais da área: evoca-se nostalgicamente uma realidade passada, tentando encontrar alento para o presente e para construir um futuro não tão negro quanto o que se augura. Para discutir o tema «Edição: passado, presente, que futuro?», oito editores estiveram à conversa na Fundação José Saramago, em Lisboa, no passado dia 20, numa mesa moderada pela jornalista Sara Figueiredo Costa.
This chart illustrates very clearly something that agents have been arguing for several years now, and that publishers have been saying just isn’t true: that their savings on printing, binding and distribution make up for the lower revenue from lower e-book prices– and that increased profitability is coming entirely off the backs of authors.
Sony’s latest ereader showed up on the FCC website today and it looks like the third time could be a charm. We don’t know much about the PRS-T3 (most of the important stuff is hidden), but I have gleaned a few details from the test reports and other docs posted on the website.
A loja online Google Books, que permite comprar e ler livros electrónicos, foi nesta quinta-feira lançada em Portugal.
O Google Books inclui várias obras de autores portugueses, desde clássicos como Luís Vaz de Camões e Eça de Queirós, às obras de José Saramago e Lobo Antunes, passando pela colecção juvenil Uma Aventura, de Ana Maria Magalhães e Isabel Alçada.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 7, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 22, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     INFERNO, by Dan Brown
2.     THE HEIST, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
3.     Entwined with You, by Sylvia Day
4.     SURRENDER YOUR LOVE, by J.C. Reed
5.     CONQUER YOUR LOVE, by J.C. Reed

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     DAD IS FAT, by Jim Gaffigan
3.     BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
4.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
5.     HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach

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