6 de outubro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (22 de Setembro a 5 de Outubro)

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

A couple of days ago I came across a brief piece in the Guardian from last year with the rather alarming title “Jonathan Franzen Warns Ebooks Are Corroding Values.” Corroding values?, I thought.Hurting brick-and-mortar sales, okay; giving us eyestrain, eh, maybe. But does Franzen really think ebooks make us worse people?
A publisher once said to me, almost in passing, “We don’t pay you to edit.” The real message was: “Editing is not crucial. If you’re an editor, what matters is acquiring.” After I’d left in-house editing and was being courted by an agency, the owner/agent said to me, “Remember, you can’t sit in your office and edit.” In other words, “If you’re an agent, what matters is selling.” One thing these comments imply is that editing is no longer the editor’s main function; editing is done on your own time. But that has been true since I went into the business 28 years ago.
HC also reported that 167 titles had made it on to the NYTimes best-seller list, including American Sniper by Chris Kyle , Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin.eBooks made up 19% of revenue in the most recent quarter, up from 16% for the same quarter last year. This represents growth due to ongoing investments in digital-first titles, including a new imprint, Avon Impulse, that has been publishing a new romance title each week.
Evernote CEO Phil Libin once envisioned a paperless world--but not anymore. As he unveiled a series of partnerships Thursday, the notetaking app's chief made it clear that physical products will play a crucial role in Evernote's future as it attempts to expand its base of 75 million users.
Com o surgimento dos livros digitais, as edições impressas pareciam condenadas à morte. Mas, após a explosão inicial, a venda de e-books começa a desacelerar.
O Gabinete de Patentes e Marcas dos EUA atribuiu à Apple uma patente que descreve um método que permitirá a um autor ou a um artista autografar digitalmente um ebook ou outras obras digitais que sejam apresentadas por um fã.
Segundo a notícia do site Ubergizmo, um dos exemplos indicados na patente sugere que os futuros ebooks podem vir com uma página específica para autógrafos.
E-ink has gotten into digital signage in a big way. They’ve just installed a new sign at the UN headquarters in NYC that measures more than 5.8 meters diagonally.
The eWall, as it has been named, has been installed the North Delegates Lounge. It was donated by the government of The Netherlands and will be used to provide UN delegates with scheduling, news, and other relevant information.
ComiXology got its start in 2007 not in digital comics, but in proving technical services to comic bookstores and fans. The first comiXology reading app didn’t launch until July 2009. It took just over 3 years to reach 100 million comics downloaded (October 2012) and just short of a year to double that figure.
Random House and Penguin may have officially merged a few months ago, but the companies still do things fairly autonomously. Most of their physical and digital book sales and marketing are still done by the same people, in the same divisions. The first big move to consolidate the two companies is via the audio division, which chiefly is responsible for audiobook production and marketing.
O relatório Global eBook documenta e analisa como os mercados de ebooks emergem nos EUA, Reino Unido, Europa, Brasil, China, Índia, Rússia e no mundo árabe. Combina os melhores dados e referências disponíveis para os atores locais especializados, com capítulos temáticos, com foco em debates políticos e críticos sobre as principais forças motrizes, bestsellers e estratégias de preços, auto-publicação, regulamentação governamental, pirataria, e a expansão do impacto de atores globais.
Scribd CEO Trip Adler told the AP that he believes Scribd’s subscription service eventually could produce $1 billion in annual revenue, particularly if other big publishers sign on.
Publishers Lunch points out that unlike other ebook subscriptions services that have recently come on the market, Scribd enters the subscription arena with a strong user base and a reputation for credibility as a platform for digital reading. “It’s a very different, higher profile partnership because of the size of their user base,” Murray said, along with their “global footprint” and comprehensive digital platform.” Murray also acknowledged that “we have better terms from Scribd that we have from traditional eBook retailers.”
Viz Media, a U.S.-based manga publisher and anime distributor, announced a deal to make its entire catalog of digital manga available through the Amazon Kindle Store. Beginning today, more than 1,500 volumes covering about 160 Viz manga series are available for download to the Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle Paperwhite devices, generally for about $6.99.
If you like supporting indie authors and you like to buy DRM-free ebooks then chances are you’re probably buying at least some of your ebooks from Smashwords, and I have some good news for you today.
Smashwords launched a beta test yesterday.  They’re going to be adding a couple new features to their ebookstore which will make it easier for you to transfer your purchases to your Kindle or any device which supports a Dropbox app.
One of the biggest issue publishers face with ebook production is the somewhat adversarial attitude ereader and app vendors have taken towards publisher stylesheets.Publisher styles are largely overridden by default at Kobo, B&N, and in Aldiko. Even iBooks requires you to slot in a set of proprietary meta tags before it respects your font and image decisions.
The growth of the ebook market outside the U.S. and U.K. has been slow — but 2013 may be a turning point, according to a new report on the global ebook market (PDF) from consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart. The latest edition of Wischenbart’s annual report finds ebooks “transcending their initial niche in a number of countries in continental Europe” — but the transition looks different in emerging markets like China, Russia, India and Brazil. And interestingly, in some developing countries it appears that Apple, not Amazon, is the lead player in ebook sales.
The lack of quantitative understanding of infringement and its impact has led different countries to pursue different paths, in terms of both legal actions and the use of antipiracy technologies.  Perhaps the most surprising of the latter trend — at least to those of us on this side of the Atlantic — is the rapid ascendancy of watermarking (a/k/a “social DRM”) in some European countries.
The German IT trade group Bitkom has release a new report this week which shows that German’s are adopting ebooks in droves. Sadly, the same cannot be said for ereaders.
A survey of 2,528 German consumers over the age of 14 showed that 539, or about 21%, had read an ebook in the past year. Almost 69% of the subgroup reported reading fiction ebooks, while 34% read non-fiction ebooks and 30% read textbooks and technical works.
For Daunt, Waterstones had simply lost sight of the old-fashioned art of bookselling: finding out what the customer wants. He tore up Waterstones' rigid centralised directives that meant every shop from Aberdeen to Exeter stocked the same books, as well as the "awful" planograms – photographs of a display table that had to be faithfully recreated in every store."That makes sense if you are selling shampoo in Boots, as it makes sense to have all the dandruff shampoos next to each other. It doesn't make sense in a bookshop, if you want interesting bookshops." He also ended the cosy promotional deals that saw publishers handing over £27m a year to get their books in prime locations – putting the latest celebrity memoir smack-bang in the window or including a title in the "cynical" three-for-two offers.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the October 13, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 28, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King
2.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
3.     ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline
4.     SIMPLE PERFECTION, by Abbi Glines
5.     DEADLINE, by Sandra Brown

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.     _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern
3.     ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
4.     STILL FOOLIN' 'EM, by Billy Crystal
5.     EMPTY MANSIONS, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

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