14 de julho de 2013

Leituras Digitais (30 de Junho a 13 de Julho)



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

É pois uma realidade incontornável. Vendem-se menos livros, as distribuidoras entram em falência, as livrarias fecham, as editoras lutam para se manterem num mercado que nos últimos anos parece ter caído nas redes do capitalismo selvagem. A pirataria e o digital não ajudam. Um sem número de novas aplicações para telemóveis e de novas plataformas proliferam sem que as editoras e as livrarias tenham capacidade para acompanhar esse crescimento e usá-las em seu proveito. A crise também não permite grandes investimentos que visem esse objetivo. Recorre-se aos métodos tradicionais para a promoção e venda de livros. Porém, os leitores dispersam-se pelas tais plataformas, pelas redes sociais, pelas aplicações de telemóvel, tornando-se cada vez mais difícil chegar até eles.
Bertelsmann and Pearson have officially announced today that they have completed all the steps required to merge 2 of the world’s largest publishing conglomerates into an even more unwieldy monolith.Random Penguin Solutions will be jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, with the latter controlling 53% of the new company.
How the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Apple and the Big Six book publishers will affect the business of lit.
La tecnología digital, de nuevo, más que una amenaza resulta ser una oportunidad: gracias a la posibilidad de establecer niveles de etiquetado y marcado semántico tan pormenorizados o granulares como se desee (basta echar un ojo a la propuesta de LOMes), un libro de texto compacto podría llegar a ser un agregado o un conjunto de objetos educativos digitales con sentido unitario que, eventualmente, pudieran conformar una unidad para un nivel y una materia determinadas. Sería necesario, a mi juicio, plantearse esa evolución hacia que vayan más alla de los meros y eufemísticos “textos enriquecidos” para llegar a verdaderas unidades de contenidos detentadoras de sentido propio, interactivas y agregables a contenidos provinientes de múltiples fuentes.
Rocketnews has a comprehensive English-language report on some new Nintendo-related e-book news. Nintendo is launching an e-book program for its 3DS handhelds aimed at grade-school kids, with 300 Japanese children’s books available.
I’m a fan of Project Gutenberg, not only because of its history, but also its clean interface and well-organized structure. It’s just a sheer pleasure to browse for new free books on PG, and I’m coming back to the site every week.I bet you are not aware of some of the tricks listed below.
eBooks might be seeing immense popularity in US and UK but they’re not having the same luck in France. There’s a new report out this week that shows that ebooks are still a negligible part of the french book market.According to the latest report from the Syndical national de l’édition (SNE), ebook market share rose from 1% in 2011 to 3% this year. That is a rather small percentage when compared to the US (21.67% for 2012), or even the UK (10% ish for 2012), but still higher than the most recent estimates for Germany (2.4% for 2012).
This email (I have embedded excerpts at the end of the post) reveals that the IA now sees 15 million ebook downloads each month. That’s far higher than the 4.3 million downloads reported by Project Gutenberg.IA is also now hosting 4.4 million ebooks, along with millions of other works. In comparison, the IA collection is much larger than Project Gutenberg’s 42 thousand title catalog, but also much smaller than the 30 million titles that Google Books is said to have scanned. (That last figure is unsubstantiated and includes ebooks which cannot be freely downloaded, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.)
O jornal El País dava ontem destaque à iniciativa do governo espanhol de avançar para o empréstimo de ebooks em todas as 5 mil bibliotecas públicas de Espanha já a partir do próximo ano. O principal objetivo deste projeto é fomentar a leitura digital legal em colaboração com a Federação de Grémios de Editores de Espanha e pretende disponibilizar às bibliotecas públicas uma plataforma de empréstimo de ebooks com um catálogo de cerca de 1500 títulos distribuídos por oito categorias.
Em Portugal, o digital continua ausente das políticas públicas (e privadas) sobre o livro e a leitura, isto apesar de há meio ano ter sido aprovada a Agenda Digital e do sucesso comprovado de iniciativas de e-empréstimo que nos chega de além-fronteiras (é claro que o incompreensível empréstimo pago praticado pela Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal não faz parte desta equação).
How will digital technology change learning for the next generation?  Inkling, a San Francisco-based publishing platform believes textbooks will be highly interactive, non-linear, and cloud-based. The titles will integrate all types of media—video, audio, text, photographs—as well as internet capabilities like search and social sharing.
People crave content. It has never been easier to get content published or to make the decision to become a publisher. With that, more and more startups will launch new and inventive ways for content to find an audience. Will other kinds of publishing disappear? Possibly. Is it the end of the book as we have known them to date? Doubtful. People will still want and enjoy this type of content and media. I can't imagine an end to books or magazines. With that, this moment in time is a new beginning for the publishing industry with no end in sight.
The ebook market in Germany has increased in value, as more publishers are now offering expanded content. There is a growing demand for ebooks from retail chains like Thalia and foreign entrants such as Amazon and Kobo. In 2012, the overall market share accounted for 2.4% of book sales in Germany. This represents a tripling of growth in 2011 with 0.8% and 0.5% in 2010.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the June 23, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 8, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THIS MAN CONFESSED, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
2.     SECOND HONEYMOON, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
3.     INFERNO, by Dan Brown
4.     AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
5.     AFFLICTION, by Laurell K. Hamilton

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2.     UNBREAKABLE, by Jenni Rivera with Marissa Mateo
3.     LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4.     BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey
5.     LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
      

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