8 de setembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (25 de Agosto a 7 de Setembro)

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

Kobo launched a trio of new tablets, a new 6″ ereader, and they also expanded their platform with a new partnership with Pocket and a new branch of their ebookstore.Kobo launched the 6″ ereader that cleared the FCC last month. It’s the new Aura, and there is no new Aura HD model just yet. The Aura comes with 4GB of storage, a Pearl HD E-ink screen (1024×758), frontlight, and touchscreen.
Earlier in the year Kobo had released the Aura HD, which was a 6.7 inch e-Reader that bucked the trend of the standard six inch device. It was said when it was first released that this model was a limited edition and would not see the same sort of mass market push as the Kobo Glow. The Canadian company has gone back to the drawing table and just announced the new Kobo Aura.
Kobo for the first time ever conducted a massive launch event in New York City, where media from all over the country converged to check out all of their hardware. Not only did the e-reader company announce a bevy of new tablets, but unveiled their brand new magazine service.Kobo Magazines current has over 250 titles available and more are being added every day. They intend on launching the service in October and hope to have over one thousand issues available. Major publishers have been attracted to the platform and we will see Conde Nast and Hearst contribute all of their major assets.
Whilst the UK and the US publishing industries gird their loins to do battle with libraries over ebook lending, the Swedes are just quietly and efficiently getting on with it. Axiell, one of the library sector’s largest technology companies, has joined forces with Swedish publishing platform Publit to create Atingo, an ebook loan management platform that brings publishers and libraries together to easily negotiate loans on a book-by-book basis.
It’s still early days for digital magazines, and it’s impossible to predict what the future will bring. But the initial hype about the iPad as an attractive publishing platform for magazines doesn’t seem to have panned out. After the introduction of the Kindle, ebook sales exploded for a few years (before flattening out more recently). Although digital magazine subscriptions nearly doubled over the last year (from a tiny base), they haven’t experienced anything like the ebook boom – at least not yet. “Tablet circulation has not increased as rapidly as publishers had hoped,” writes AdAge.
The alliance did little to help them defend against Amazon. Four months later, Amazon brought its Kindle e-reader to Japan. It quickly became Japan’s top-selling e-reader, gaining 38.3 percent of the market, according to the MM Research Institute, a data firm in Tokyo. Even though Rakuten’s Kobo had beaten Kindle to market by nearly five months, it grabbed only 33 percent of Japan’s e-reader sales during the same 12-month period. Sony, which had stated its goal of selling half of all e-readers by 2012, managed to hold only 25.5 percent with its devices.
Kindle Matchbook is going to be launching in October, and getting that Kindle ebook could cost you as much as $3. There’s also only a limited number of publishers signed up for the program, with around 10,000 titles available when the program goes live. But that is likely to change as more publishers sign up.
E Ink Carta displays utilize a new electronic ink formulation and technology to provide a dramatic 50 percent improvement in contrast ratio and over 20 percent improvement in reflectance over previous generations of E Ink displays for a remarkably improved viewing and reading experience. The new Carta displays utilize the most advanced bistable electronic paper technology to deliver the best contrast ratio E Ink has ever delivered to the market with the same extremely low power consumption expected from an E Ink display.The new display has been specifically tuned for reading applications, fully supporting E Ink Regal™ waveform technology. Regal waveforms dramatically reduce the need for full page refreshes after a few page turns. This enhances the reader’s experience by providing smoother page turns and more focused reading.Amazon has selected the Carta display for its new Kindle Paperwhite eReader, the first eReader to use the new display.
As nice as this e-reader looks, I don’t think owners of the current-generation model will be crushed to learn they’re about to become owners of previous-generation Paperwhites. The new features aren’t that enticing. Mostly, I’m happy that the e-reader category remains popular enough that Amazon is still updating the Kindle as briskly as it ever did. (It isn’t alone, either: Kobo, one of its underdog rivals, also just announced a fancy new e-reader.)And current Paperwhite owners who do covet the new model’s goodies may eventually get some of them: Amazon says that it hopes to release a software update for the original model, giving it new features that aren’t contingent on the latest model’s upgraded hardware and faster processor. Sounds good to me — I own the current model and keep it on my nightstand, even though I do most of my e-reading on my phone and iPad.
New formats in literature are rare, and disruptive. They usually accompany a change in technology. Amazon was the first big player to realise that digitisation would allow for a new literary format. In January 2011, it quietly launched a substore on its US website to sell something it called a Kindle Single: Compelling Ideas Expressed At Their Natural Length, as a press release headline blandly put it."Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, Kindle Singles are editorially curated and showcase writing from both new and established voices – from bestselling novelists and journalists to previously unpublished writers."
An American judge who found technology firm Apple liable for conspiring to fix e-book prices imposed injunction on the iPad makers to prevent it from breaking further rules.A court ruled in July that Apple was guilty of entering into an agreement with five major American publishers to control e-book prices.
O mercado de livros digitais cresceu mais de 350% de 2011 para 2012. Mesmo assim, ainda não alcança 1% do faturamento das editoras no Brasil. É o que aponta a pesquisa feita pela Câmara Brasileira do Livro (CBL). A diretora da CBL, Susanna Florissi, garante que o livro digital, ou eBook, já é uma realidade, mas tanto o mercado editorial como os consumidores ainda precisam se adaptar à nova plataforma de leitura.
Os autores de best sellers não são as únicas novidades da Bienal Internacional do Livro, realizada até domingo no Riocentro, Zona Oeste da cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Pela primeira vez, os livros eletrônicos e seus acessórios de leitura marcam presença na feira.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the September 15, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 31, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE HERO, by Robyn Carr
2.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
3.     THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith
4.     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny
5.     BONES OF THE LOST, by Kathy Reichs

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
2.     A THREE DOG LIFE, by Abigail Thomas
3.     THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, by Mark R. Levin
4.     HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5.     ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan

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