25 de agosto de 2013

Leituras Digitais (11 a 24 de Agosto)



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

The Dutch publishing group WPG Uitgevers is reportedly looking into launching an ebook subscription service in that country. Details are still scarce, but this service is said to be under development in partnership with the Flemish publisher Lannoo.There’s no info yet on the price, the number of titles offered, the name, or even the launch date, but one detail that is being bandied about is that this service will charge a monthly fee to let users read an unlimited amount of ebooks.
ICv2 has released a new report on the state of the North American comics market. According to their estimates, sales of digital comics, graphic novels, and comic books reached $750 million last year, with digital comics accounting for about 9.3%.Graphic novels experienced their 3rd annual decline, slipping to $335 million from $340 million last year ( $370 million in 2009). Much of the lost revenue appears to have gone into single issue comics, which have reached a new high of $345 million from $300 million last year ( and $310 million in 2009).
A McDonald’s acaba de lançar o programa Happy Reader que disponibiliza, gratuitamente, com o Happy Meal, livros interactivos. As Maiores Cidades do Mundo e As Maravilhas da Natureza são os dois primeiros livros de um programa que inclui 12 livros livros para colecionar, em simultâneo com os programas de Happy Meal. Os livros digitais podem ser consultados através da aplicação gratuita Happy Studio, disponível para sistemas operativos IOS ou Android, no  site happystudio.com ou através de QR Codes existentes nas embalagens de Happy Meal. Este projecto está a ser implementado em mais 37 países da Europa.
O custo ambiental da fabricação de livros eletrônicos é "muito alto".
Ao contrário do que muitas pessoas pensam, informações impressas em papel podem prejudicar menos o meio ambiente que  pegada de carbono deixada pela fabricação dos
e-readers, de acordo com os ambientalistas e representantes da indústria de papel.
O mercado de venda de e-books não está completamente alinhado com as demandas das bibliotecas. Apesar da variedade de modelos de negócios que estão em prática e discussão atualmente, o impacto destas mudanças não foi avaliado plenamente. Ao analisar as possibilidades de aquisição e acesso, observamos que algumas editoras impõem os modelos existentes, oferecendo pouco ou nenhum espaço para negociação. Apesar de serviços oferecidos por distribuidores, observa-se certa relutância em fornecer obras em formato digital. Esta motivação deriva do temor que as bibliotecas permitam o download indiscriminado dos arquivos e estes, uma vez em poder dos usuários, possam ser distribuídos livremente, caracterizando a pirataria. A posição de grupos de editores de recusarem-se a vender e-books para bibliotecas mediante o argumento que por ter a publicação acessível por um clique de forma gratuita, o leitor não comprará mais livros, é tão irreal quanto a afirmação que, por ter o livro impresso na biblioteca os consumidores não irão adquirir seus próprios exemplares. A prática demonstra que as bibliotecas sempre representaram bons clientes aos livreiros e editores exatamente por realizarem compras em larga escala com frequência, além do fato de ser um local de descoberta de publicações, ao permitir o conhecimento e contato das obras pertencentes aos acervos, o que favorece o aumento nas vendas.
The Russian gadget maker Qumo is  about to launch a trio of new ereaders at a variety of price points.This company has been in the ereader market since 2010 and has mainly been selling Kindle-clones, and the new ereaders are more of the same.Like the current Kindles, the new Libro ereaders are aiming for very different users, with the Libro Basic offering just a Pearl E-ink screen (no Wifi, even) while the Libro Touch and the Libro TouchLux also offer a touchscreen and a touchscreen+frontlight, respectively.
Brazil’s Nuvem de Livros might not be getting much attention in the English language blogosphere but it is drawing the attention of readers.This service recently boasted that they have 1 million users in Brazil and Argentina, making them the single largest ebook subscription service short of the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.The reason for their success? Students.
The solution could come in the form of the book recommendation websites — websites devoted to finding me the perfect book based on my interests. But, as with everything on the internet, it can feel like there is an overwhelming amount of them. So, let us assume I just finished one of my favorite regency romances. I would like to find a new book in a similar style. How can I find my next book?
The application is based on the notion that “eBooks and eBook readers do not take full advantage of their capabilities to immerse a user,” the filing says. “For example, eBook readers often include sound generation capabilities, but eBooks do not use these capabilities to improve the user’s experience.”The system embeds trigger points in e-books and then alerts a server to deliver an appropriate sound effect when the reader reaches that point of the story.
We keep making the case that the split that matters when trying to foretell the future of the book business (and everybody in it) is not “print” versus “digital”, but “bought online” versus “bought in stores”.Of all the major retailers, only Barnes & Noble has a stake in all four of the meaningful transaction streams for trade books: print in stores, devices in stores, print online, and ebooks. (All devices are available online.) Amazon has no store presence. Kobo has a minimal store presence through independent retailers but has no print business. Apple has no store presence for content at all and doesn’t sell print online. And Google seems to only tangentially deal with any of the non-digital content businesses.
The Readmill app shows how in future readers will be able to share their marginalia with others – and authors. But will corporate moneymaking come to dominate?
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the September 1, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 17, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM, by Debbie Macomber
2.     THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith
3.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4.     HIGH HEAT, by Lee Child
5.     THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, by Lene Kaaberbol

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, by Mark R. Levin
2.     PRINCESS, by Jean Sasson
3.     ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
4.     ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
5.     THE BUTLER, by Wil Haygood

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