20 de outubro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (6 a 19 de Outubro)

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

Kobo’s latest partner is La Central, an indie bookseller based in Barcelona and Madrid. According to the press release they have a total of  8 stores (and a website), and they plan to start selling Kobo’s ereaders and ebooks by 12 November.  They have confirmed that they will be carrying all models in their stores as well as on their website.
One of the world’s most powerful literary agents has attacked Amazon’s publishing arm, accusing it of “greed” and “megalomania”.Andrew Wylie, who has been dubbed “The Jackal” for his aggressive approach to deals, turned on the online giant amid frustrations that the company’s policy of offering huge discounts on titles is hitting publishers’ profits.
Good e-Reader sat down at the Frankfurt Book Fair today with Theresa Horner, Vice President of Digital Content at Barnes and Noble, to talk about the current state of the Nook division, the associated Nook Press self-publishing platform, and the upcoming affiliate drive to help authors receive an additional benefit for driving their own fans towards ebook purchases that offer a return on the transaction. One of the several interesting topics discussed was Horner’s pronouncement on the current status of the Nook division, something which the online rumor mill has alluded to more than once as a stone around Barnes and Nobles’ neck, along with rumors that the retailer is trying to unload its e-reader and tablet division.
With a greater-than-ever focus on digital publishing at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, several companies took advantage of the attendance and industry focus to launch or offer sneak previews of their ereaders and tablets.
Frankfurt Book Fair has grown into an event that encompasses so much about the publishing industry, with special events focused on self-publishing and six different exhibit halls dedicated to various aspects of digital publishing. But what once was known to be simply a rights fair still serves as a hub of copyright issue, as evidenced by the Copyright Clearance Center’s panel, “Open Access: The Force Remaking Publishing.” Good e-Reader covered the event live, then sat down with CCC’s Christopher Kenneally, Director of Business Development, to talk about why open access—specifically in research and scholarly publishing—is such a vital force in publishing.
At Publishers Launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, Goodreads founder Otis Chandler gave a presentation about growth at the social network for books. We’ve embedded the complete slide show above…
Among the different stats, Chandler noted that Goodreads now counts more than 900,000 book reviews and over 950,000 quotes from readers’ favorite books every month. Amazon acquired Goodreads earlier this year, integrating the network with a new app.
It has become much easier to write a book and get it “published.” Or in other words the cost have come down dramatically. In the technology industry, we see something similar. Cloud computing has dramatically reduced the cost of getting started. Open source software and easy access to once advanced functions such as credit card billing, testing and other functions have brought the cost of starting-up in technology down significantly from millions to maybe a few thousands to tens of thousands. Incidentally Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the major players here as well, though it was more a follower than a key enabler in this case.So, dramatic reductions in cost have lead to explosions in tech start-ups, as well as in “published” authors. Where you once needed venture capital funding or the support of a publisher to get launched or achieve distribution in national book stores, you can now reach the market by boot-strapping your enterprise (financing from savings or family, fools and friends).
Como os mais atentos terão reparado, a rubrica ‘Estante Digital’, que mantive na revista Ler desde Novembro de 2011, deixou de existir a partir da edição de Setembro. Como o meu interesse em acompanhar o que se vai passando no domínio dos livros em suporte digital não desapareceu, não tanto porque me agrade ler nesse formato, mas sobretudo pelas implicações que todo esse admirável mundo novo tem na história do livro e da edição, decidi continuar a rubrica aqui no blog, mudando-lhe o nome para Estante Virtual.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and WH Smith are taking a radical response to last week’s “news” that they sell boundary-pushing adult content in their ebookstores. They are now deleting not just the questionable erotica but are also removing any ebooks that might even hint at violating cultural norms.
The mainstreaming of digital publishing is nearly complete. I can only think of three major things that the industry still needs to accomplish:1)    Comixology signs a deal to distribute Dark Horse Comics.
2)    The industry adopts ePUB as the standard container for digital comics.
3)    Comixology and the rest of the industry drops DRM.
Customers trying to access WHSmith.co.uk are greeted with a holding page which states that the retailer is “disgusted by these particular titles” and is taking immediate steps to have them removed.While this process is on-going the site has been taken offline 'to best protect our customers and the public'. It will come back online once all self-published eBooks have been removed and WHSmith’s is sure that people can no longer access the material.
AulaPlaneta acaba de sacar un estudio sobre el uso de libros digitales en las aulas españolas.
Según declara el propio estudio, lo que se ha tratado es de tomar el pulso a dos factores considerados claves para el cambio: por un lado, el estado de los recursos TIC puestos a disposición de la práctica educativa; y por el otro, la actitud del profesorado ante la integración de las TIC en la educación.
Most of the time, people talk about adult ADHD as if it is a curse. We all know the horror stories. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ve read more than a few horrifying tales of ADHD woe with me as the terrorizer and victim. Fortunately, ADHD has its upsides. Sometimes a distraction leads me to discover things I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Case in point: my Kobo mini isn’t affiliate-linked with my local bookstore. This is a big deal. Kobo was supposed to rise from the ashes of the Google Books failure and be the ebook savior of independent brick & mortar book sellers nationwide,. On the surface it seems simple enough. People buy a Kobo ereader from a local bookshop, and that bookshop gets a percentage of every book purchased with those ereaders. Unfortunately, there’s a big catch.
Details are still thin on the Leia Reader, but I can tell you that it is built around a 9.7″ color E-ink screen. The prototype will have wireless connectivity and is reportedly going to be solar-powered. Leia is claiming that the usage time will be infinite because this ereader will charge off of the ambient light in a house.
The Pew Research Center has issued a new report today on tablet and ereader adoption in the US, and the details should come as no surprise.About the same number of Americans own tablets today as owned them in May 2013, the last time that Pew conducted a survey on the topic. At that time 34% of Americans owned tablets, a negligible difference from the 35% reported today. Also, an earlier report from January showed that 26% of Americans owned ereaders, meaning that the 24% that Pew reported today actually represents a drop.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the October 27, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 12, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     STORM FRONT, by John Sandford
2.     DOING HARD TIME, by Stuart Woods
3.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4.     STARRY NIGHT, by Debbie Macomber
5.     GONE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     MY STORY, by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
2.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
3.     I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
4.     DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell
5.     PRACTICE TO DECEIVE, by Ann Rule

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