3 de novembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (20 de Outubro a 2 de Novembro)



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

The Kobo Aura is the latest ebook reader from Kobo. It has a 6" E Ink Pearl screen and is the little brother to the 6.8-inch Kobo Aura HD that was released earlier in the year. The Kobo Aura is a new addition to Kobo’s line of ebook readers and is being marketed as more of a premium ebook reader along with the HD; it does not replace the Kobo Glo, which still remains available for $20 less.The Kobo Aura is the first Kobo ereader to use a capacitive touchscreen instead of an infrared screen. Additionally, the screen and bezel are all on the same level and not indented, a first for E Ink ebook readers everywhere. This gives the device more of a tablet-like appearance, which is quite nice, but there are some drawbacks.
The harmonisation of VAT across print and digital books could move a step closer this week with the European Council to debate the level of VAT imposed on e-books this Thursday (24th October).According to the TMF Group, the Polish presidency has proposed harmonising the amount of VAT charged on e-books in a "downwards" direction. Currently, an EU directive dictates that European countries impose the upper rate of VAT on e-books, but France charges their lower rate of 5.5% and Luxembourg, where Amazon, Kobo and Nook have their European headquarters, charge just 3%. In the vast majority of European countries print books are VAT free, as in the UK, or the lower rate is charged.
The new Sony PRS-T3 e-Reader may be a bit underwhelming but the one device that everyone wants, is not commercially available. The Sony 13.3 e-Reader was unveiled at the SID Display Week conference in Vancouver, BC and we had comprehensive hands on with the next generation e-Reader. There has been zero news regarding this device for the last four months but we now have confirmation that it is being tested at three Japanese Universities.The Three Universities are Waseda, Ritsumeikan, Housei and are scheduled to start pilot tests for the commercialization of the product. These schools will all be getting free devices direct from Sony to beta test the devices and to see if they will be the right fit for academia.
Just as crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding has taken off in recent years, it was clear this model was seeping into many other areas of business. One small startup that latched onto the model was Unbound, a UK startup that worked out that if they made their authors rock stars, then the fans would follow and subsequently fund a new model for publishing which did not require the “hits” model followed by traditional publishers. This was more a virtuous cycle where fans would fund new books and authors could generate new fans. Thus today, Unbound, what appears to be the world’s first crowdfunding publishing house, has secured a £1.2 million / $1.94 million funding round from Forward Investment Partners, DFJ Esprit and Cambridge Angels.
The three big shifts taking place in trade book publishing are very much interrelated. The fact that consumers are buying about half their books online is one. That means that publishers are not entirely dependent on books being placed at retail to make sales, which is the second. And the marketing that used to take place around store inventory is becoming digital, which is the third.And that trinity of changes is leading to another trinity of changes inside the publishing houses as publishers find that the old rules don’t apply around what used to be three pretty-much-constants: time, timing, and budgeting.
For the second year running, the European Publishers Council (EPC), representing Europe’s leading media organisations, is delighted to present to you the EPC Global Media Trends Book.This book captures the trends in revenue and usage patterns for a variety of digital media, Internet and more, and then analyses and projects the future of these digital media segments.
As the fourth edition of Books in Browsers kicked off, an event described by the organizers as “a small summit of the next generation of publishing companies,” the first group of speakers focused overwhelmingly on readers as the transformative force in publishing.
Mesmo numa altura em que o Facebook e demais redes sociais fazem parte do quotidiano de milhões de utilizadores da Internet, incluindo em Portugal, os aspectos mais valorizados pelos leitores de produtos digitais estão relacionados com a possibilidade de obter informação adicional e não de comentar ou partilhar informação.
A característica mais destacada na leitura digital, referida por 48% dos inquiridos, foi a possibilidade de, através de um motor de busca, saber de imediato mais sobre o autor ou o tema do texto. Seguem-se 44% de inquiridos que referiram como positivo o acesso a outros textos e os links associados.
O inquérito, coordenado pelo investigador do ISCTE Gustavo Cardoso, foi feito online, no primeiro semestre deste ano, a utilizadores de Internet de países de todos os continentes: Inglaterra, Brasil, Espanha, Alemanha, França, Índia, Canadá, China, África do Sul, Rússia, EUA, Itália, Turquia, México, Austrália e Portugal.
The e-book is in the way. I don’t mean that we should go back to reading print (though it wouldn’t hurt). I mean that our love of books has led us to create digital objects that severely limit what we can do with them. In making electronic books look and act like books—in being guided by a notion of simulation rather than reinvention—we have constrained ourselves from taking advantage of the potential of electronic reading. Long live the book. But the e-book’s days have come and gone.Most debates about the future of reading have turned around the question of whether or not to go electronic. Books good, Internet bad. Internet free, books bulky. But that debate is over. We have gone electronic, whether we like it or not. What we have not done is take advantage of this shift. We’ve moved backward, not forward in terms of reading.
Well how’s that for a bit of the boot on the other foot then? It turns out that the biggest roadblock in the way of Amazon’s publishing ambitions is Barnes & Noble. This is after Amazon has bulldozed its way through the book retailing industry and taken huge bites out of the e-book one. But it turns out that to launch best selling general interest titles it still pays to have bookshop exposure. And that’s just the thing that Amazon doesn’t have (obviously) and which Barnes & Noble isn’t willing to give them.
According to a new report from Eurostat, 3 out of 5 Europeans shopped online in 2012 with 32% buying clothes or vacations and only 23% buying books and other content.This report is based on a 2012 survey, so it’s not exactly current, but it does tell us that some EU members like Denmark and the UK are showing a higher percentage of online shoppers (79% and 82%, respectively) than others.
Today, Amazon launched Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Over 70,000 books are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook, with more being added every day. Now customers can visit www.amazon.com/kindlematchbook to see all of their print books that are eligible for the Kindle MatchBook edition. Customers can also see when a book is eligible for Kindle MatchBook on the book’s detail page.
In part one of this two-part series, I examined business models of the all-you-read ebook subscription services.  Here in part two, I’ll examine how ebook subscription services may redefine the value of books.  The answer isn’t quite as obvious as we might think.
Barnes and Noble unveiled their second generation Nook with Glowlight at an exclusive event in New York City on Monday. Good e-Reader was live on the scene getting the exclusive scoop on what this new device brings to the table.
Publishers have often had their own bookstores and even ebookstores, and today HarperCollins joined the party. They’ve just launched a new niche ebookstore, and it could be the first of many.HarperCollins has partnered with Accenture to build a niche ebook community/ebookstore which will be focused on CS Lewis’ Narnia series. The new site is live today at www.narnia.com, and it offers readers a chance to buy ebooks direct from HC or from a variety of other retailers. And if ebooks aren’t your thing,  you can also search for other retail sites that offer the series in either paperback or hardback.
Once thought destined to reach 50% or 80% of all book buying and reading in the U.S., ebooks have stalled out on their way up to higher altitude.According to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, for the past year or so, the share of all new ebooks sold — both in units and dollars — has been flat at about 30% and just under 15%, respectively.
For the most part — and there are lots of exceptions, though these too are difficult to parse — you buy an ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any of the other most popular “walled garden” retailers, you can’t transfer it freely between devices, you can’t cut and paste text from it and, perhaps of most importance to consumers, you can resell or give it away. Sure, your license allows you to “share” some ebooks, which is a poor, poor substitute. Bundling is all but nonexistent. (Yes, Amazon is promising to make it so — Kindle MatchBook went live yesterday.) Subscription services are still nascent and limited. Heck, even trying to borrow an ebook from the library — if you can get the book you want — is still a small chore (please, somebody euthanize Adobe Editions, stat). In Europe, despite the European Union, you still don’t have a single book market.
The Cybook Ocean has an 8″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 (close to the same as on the latest 6″ screens). It comes with 4GB Flash storage and a microSD slot.  Battery life is expected to be around 10 weeks, though it’s not clear whether that is with the frontlight on or off.
Feared by independent booksellers, decried by writers as one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Amazon has announced startling plans to champion unknown poetry and short stories with its own literary journal.The journal, called Day One, will be a weekly digital publication featuring a single short story and one poem a week, among them works in translation, from aspiring, debut authors around the world, as well as original cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators.
Sony will be releasing the PRS-T3S e-reader in the next few weeks and the big news about this device is the integrated back plate. The original PRS-T3 reader that came out about a month ago has a built in cover. You simply needed to always have the cover on because once you removed it, the back internals were showing. Many readers demanded a reader that did not force them to have a case and Sony listened.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the November 10, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 26, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
2.     THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
3.     THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4.     ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
5.     WE ARE WATER, by Wally Lamb

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer
2.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
3.     TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup
4.     DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell
5.     JOHNNY CARSON, by Henry Bushkin

            

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