22 de setembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (8 a 21 de Setembro)

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

A conferência reuniu as comunidades portuguesas e brasileiras que desenvolvem actividades, nomeadamente de investigação, de desenvolvimento, de gestão de serviços e de definição de políticas, relacionadas com o acesso aberto ao conhecimento, através de repositórios e de revistas de acesso aberto.
We live in a divided world where some people buy digital and the vast majority still buy the real thing. Major publishers are seeing 24% of their global revenue stemming from eBooks and print still reigns supreme. The gap is quickly closing and many industry experts agree the total eBook market will account for $9.7 billion worldwide in 2016, more than three times the $3.2 billion in 2012. Bookstores have always played a pivotal role in book discovery and book culture in general. How will the bookstore change when digital becomes the preferred format?
The publishing industry has been buzzing lately about Amazon's latest announcement, Kindle MatchBook. MatchBook, which launches in October, offers consumers extremely low-priced ebook version of print books they've already bought (or will buy).My first reaction to the announcement was, "great for consumers, not so much for publishers and authors." MatchBook is consistent with Amazon's overarching goal of offering the world's lowest prices. So as a reader I'm thrilled about MatchBook, but I have to admit it's yet another reason why I'm kind of happy to no longer be in the book publishing business.
This smarthone caught everyone’s attention back in December because it has not one but 2 screens. On the back of the device is the usual LCD screen found on most smartphones, while on the front you will find an E-ink screen.The production model (not to be confused with the demo units shown off in videos) is going to run Android 4.3 on a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. It will ship with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Wifi, BT, GPS, a 12MP camera, GLONASS, and LTE. The 4.3″ LCD screen will have a screen resolution of 1280 × 720, while the E-ink screen will also measure 4.3″ and sport a resolution of 640 × 360.
Sony will be officially releasing their new 3rd generation T3 e-Reader next week in the US, Canada and overseas. The overall build quality mirrors the previous iterations of the hardware and most of the differences are software related. With minor tweaks and updates, how does this e-Reader stack up against the competition?
The paper is aimed squarely at policy makers, and “can be used as resources to educate local, national and civic leaders in your community”.
Kobo, a global leader in eReading, and Free The Children, today announced a year-long partnership focused on supporting literacy among Aboriginal youth in Canada. Both organizations share a commitment to making Reading more accessible and are working together to support literacy programs in Aboriginal communities across the country. Kobo has donated 3,500 of its award-winning Kobo Touch™ eReaders as well as $100,000 to develop a program designed to cultivate a love and passion for reading. The program includes a speaking tour to educate youth about literacy in Aboriginal communities and encourage them to explore their own culture through digital reading.
World Book, Inc., a leading publisher of digital and print educational products--including World Book Online, comprising over 20 digital educational and reference products, and The World Book Encyclopedia--is making many of its popular educational titles available in e-book format and accessible through a unique interactive platform, World Book eBooks.The e-book collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games. Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users­––no holds or waiting. An "early adopter" subscription includes updates and revisions to e-books, as well as all new titles that are added to the site during their subscription.
But yesterday, the idea of a free or extremely cheap e-reader was given new life. Using the latest technology from e-reader display company E Ink, e-reader maker PocketBook and phone manufacturer Alcatel are demoing a new kind of e-reading device that piggybacks on your smartphone and has the potential to be extremely inexpensive. (A company called Yota came out with a similar device late last year.)
Gonçalo Tavares acredita que atual discussão que rodeia o campo literário sobre a absorção das novas tecnologias não é o tema central desta arte.
O presente artigo considera os e-book readers (leitores digitais) como uma alternativa adicional para armazenar documentos em bibliotecas e suporte para a indústria da informação. Apresenta alguns modelos disponíveis no mercado e aborda a experiência de bibliotecas com o uso dos aparelhos no que tange ao gerenciamento deste tipo de recurso e, através de revisão de literatura, pondera a respeito dos benefícios, desvantagens e caminhos a serem percorridos pelos profissionais da informação. Os e-books (livros eletrônicos) são, também, discutidos, buscando-se compreender como as bibliotecas se adaptam à demanda crescente pelas novas mídias.
The AAP has just released a new sales report today. The report covers the first half of this year and is based on data provided by 1196 US publishers, and it shows that the overall US book market was down 6%, largely due to kid’s books and adult paperbacks, while the ebook market dropped by 3.6%.Participating publishers reported a total of $3.1 billion in book sales, down from $3.3 billion for the same period past year. This includes a 1.1% drop in adult book sales ($2173.6 million vs $2196.8 million), a 22.1% drop in the YA segment ($644.5 million vs $827.2 million), and a slight increase in sales of religious books ($276.3 million vs $274.7 million).
The French ereader maker Bookeen is back in the news again today with new details about their next ereaders. In addition to a lower priced Cybook Odyssey, Bookeen also plans to launch a new 8″ ereader.
The new device is going to be called the Cybook Ocean, not the Cybook XL (the name Bookeen teased on their blog some months back). It won’t have the Ultra-HD E-ink screen that I suggested might exist, and in fact it won’t even have an E-ink screen.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the September 29, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 14, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     W IS FOR WASTED, by Sue Grafton
2.     NEVER GO BACK, by Lee Child
3.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4.     THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith
5.     SECOND WATCH, by J. A. Jance

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     EMPTY MANSIONS, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
2.     STILL FOOLIN' 'EM, by Billy Crystal
3.     A HOUSE IN THE SKY, by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
4.     ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
5.     _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern

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