11 de agosto de 2013

Leituras Digitais (28 de Julho a 10 de Agosto)



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

Here’s a surprising bit of news that first appeared last month but seems to have gone unnoticed by pretty much everyone. A new benchmark showed up on the  GLBenchmarks website last month and it reveals some fascinating details about Kobo’s future hardware plans.It looks like someone at Kobo tested a new tablet codenamed Macallan last month. It’s going to be called the Arc 10HD, and it is running Android 4.2.2 on an 1.8GHz Tegra 4 CPU. But that’s about all I can tell you for sure.
As publisher Frank Edwards puts it, he’s moved from coffee table books to coffee tablet books.His kind of e-book is more than simply digitized text; it’s designed to take advantage of the iPad’s features, with high-resolution photographs, maps, illustrations and embedded media – audio, video – allowing the reader to go deeper, or perhaps off on a tangent. He is able to create such a product with iBooks Author, the free software Apple began offering last year.
Heald has now finalized his research and the picture, though more detailed, is largely the same: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. "Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view only to reappear in significantly increased numbers when they fall into the public domain and lose their owners."
According to new data collected by the Economics Research Institute, called Fipe, and released the Brazilian Book Chamber and the Publishers’ Union, Brazilian publishers registered US$ 2.439 billion in revenue last year, a 3.04% rise from US$ 2.147 billion in 2011. Accounting for inflation of 5.84% (IPCA consumer index) over the period, the market actually shrank by 2.64% last year. It is the worst decline in real value since 2002, when revenue fell 14.51%, due partly to annual inflation of 12.53% that year.
The key to changing the world’s copyright monopoly regime lies in Europe and the European Union. The reason for that is that the United States is completely dependent on a number of Industrial Protectionism (IP) schemes since the failure of its industrial capacity in the mid-1970s, having moved ahead from that failure with disguising lopsided rent-seeking schemes as “free trade agreements”. The first of these was the WTO, the body created to oversee the TRIPs agreement. There have been many more since. You cannot change the United States from within on these matters.
Numa análise apressada, os últimos resultados do mercado editorial brasileiro confirmam as expectativas de quem acredita no fim do livro de papel. O número de exemplares vendidos no Brasil caiu 7,36% em 2012. 0 faturamento do setor cresceu apenas 3,04% em comparação com 2011. Boas notícias, só para os livros digitais, cujo faturamento cresceu 343%. As previsões sombrias sobre o futuro do livro impresso podem, porém, ser precipitadas. A queda nas vendas deve-se, em grande parte, à diminuição no número de livros comprados pelo governo, um fenômeno sazonal. O crescimento dos e-books, apesar de expressivo, é ilusório. Em 2012, eles representavam 0,1% do faturamento das editoras.
Ebooks can be transformed by context. Print books cannot. No matter where you take the print book, no matter what room you read it in, it will remain in the same form and have the same affordances as it did on the day it was first stacked in the bookstore.An ebook could, in theory, be reformed, rebound, and recast at will. A writer who is reading for research could open it in an ereader specifically designed to enable writing and integrates directly with writing tools. A student could use a specialised ereader that is full of mnemonic tools, structured note-taking, and export functions that integrate with common reference management software. A genre fiction reader might use an app that stamps all ebooks into the same aesthetic template, configured by the reader into the form they consider ideal.
Sony has created a new feature in its eReader store that lets readers look for books to read based on their mood.It’s called the Emotion Match-Ups Discover Tool and lets readers choose from a list of thirty emotions and feelings to help discover books to read. Feeling adventurous? Sony thinks you might like to read Clive Cussler‘s Spartan Gold. In a dreamy mood? Stargazey Point: A Novel by Shelley Noble might be just the book you’re looking for.
Amazon got a lot of attention (both positive and negative) last week for their latest Kindle Single Interview featuring Barack Obama, and it looks like they’re not through.I’ve just learned that Amazon has released a new Kindle Single today. It’s a Portuguese translation of the Obama interview, and from what I can tell this is the Amazon’s first Kindle Single in that language. This version of the interview was translated by Christiane Jost, and it was published by Amazon Crossing.
Libraries around the country are facing budget cuts as local governments struggle with the aftermath of the recession – and in many cases that means fewer branches or services. But in the recession more people than ever relied on libraries for frugal entertainment options and to search for employment opportunities.However, at the same time, libraries are facing an identity crisis: As the Internet has become the primary way people gather information, the traditional “building filled with books” model is less relevant to their lives.As a result, “libraries are really transforming themselves into technology hubs” says Kathryn Zickuhr, a researcher focusing on how Americans use libraries at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Se a popularização dos e-books é bem-vinda por se sobrepor ao objeto livro, ela é preocupante por colocar em risco o formato literário, longo, reflexivo e profundo, fundamental em tempos impulsivos de excesso de informação e decisões por impulso. Pontos de referência em um universo de estímulos, livros editados representam a curadoria do conhecimento acumulado ao longo da história, que não pode ser ignorada.
A partir do ponto em que qualquer um pode publicar suas opiniões sem a necessidade de um editor, que o leitor pode consumir vários textos ao mesmo tempo, compartilhar trechos pelo Twitter em um clique ou se perder em links pela rede, fecha-se o que o pesquisador dinamarquês Thomas Pettitt define como "Parêntese de Gutenberg", rebaixando as opiniões escritas ao nível das opiniões faladas, aleatórias, em que a probabilidade de se encontrar alguém interessante para uma conversa em profundidade é cada vez menor.
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