17 de novembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (3 a 16 de Novembro)

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

For years, Open Access has been seen as a way to remove barriers to research in developing countries. In order to test this, an experiment was conducted to measure whether publishing academic books in Open Access has a positive effect on developing countries. During a period of nine months the usage data of 180 books was recorded. Of those, a set of 43 titles was used as control group with restricted access. The rest was made fully accessible.
Parents can now go into their “My Account” page and set up a subordinate account for their kid. That subordinate account is restricted to accessing only the kid-safe section of Kobo eBookstore. This unfortunately also cuts off a lot of otherwise safe content that wasn’t specifically published for kids, but I guess you cannot have everything.
There's a lot to be said for being first. Barnes & Noble beat the competition to the punch with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight -- an e-reader with built-in front lighting. And though we busted the company's chops with regards to its claims of keeping marriages together, the feature really did feel like the next big step forward for e-readers. Naturally, then, Amazon and Kobo released similar offerings soon after, with front lighting that frankly blew the Nook out of the water. As those companies further iterated their lines, Barnes & Noble maintained radio silence, something many chalked up to troubles with its hardware division.
The fact that indie booksellers in the U.S. can now sell Kindles under a new Amazon program, Amazon Source, doesn’t necessarily mean they want to. “At first glance, this looks like a Faustian bargain,” says Bradley Graham, co-owner of Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., whose e-book sales through Kobo over the past year have yet to make a dent in the store’s bottom line. Certainly it’s not a “partnership” in the true sense of the word, as he points out, since booksellers hadn’t heard of Source until Wednesday morning, with the exception of two Seattle-area bookstores that participated in the pilot: the University of Puget Sound Campus Bookstore in Tacoma, Wash., and JJ Books in Bothell, Wash.
Sony is going to be shipping their 13.3″ E-ink writing slate next month in Japan. This device had originally been announced back in May, and it has spent the past 5 months in beta tests at several Japanese universities, collecting user feedback.The DPT -S1, which in the past has been nicknamed the Mobius eReader, has a 13.3″ screen with a resolution of 1,200 × 1,600. It comes with a dual touchscreen (optical and active digitizer). One can operate this ereader either by touching it with your fingers or by using the included stylus.
Although it’s happening a bit later than originally anticipated, Kodak Alaris and On Demand Books, which sells the Espresso Book Machine, will begin the first pilot outside a bookstore or library in the U.S. by pairing an EBM with a Kodak Picture Kiosk in a drugstore this spring. Family-owned Bartell Drugs, the oldest drugstore chain in the U.S. with 61 stores, will test the EBM at its University Village store in Seattle. The store will be able to create photo books as well as self-published books and more than 7 million books in-copyright or the public domain via the EspressNet® digital catalogue. That will make the third Seattle EBM; both Third Place Books and University of Washington Bookstore have the machine.
The demand for electronic books (e-books) and the e-book readers are complementary. On the one hand, the emergence of e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle has triggered the recent growth of the e-book market. On the other hand, several issues in the e-book market can a§ect the future of the e-book reader market. Considering this complementarity, this paper quantifies the impact of digital rights management (DRM) and discounted e-book pricing on the demand for e-book readers. We collect conjoint survey data to estimate a random coefficient demand model using a hierarchical Bayesian method. Our counterfactual experiments suggest two things. First, Kindle’s and Nook’s market shares would increase by dropping DRM. Consumer welfare would increase seven percent if all e-book readers dropped DRM. Second, an increase in e-book prices would increase iPad’s market share at the expense of that of Kindle and Nook. Consumer welfare would decrease 6 to 10 percent if Kindle’s and Nook’s e-book prices went up by 50 percent.
O surgimento das mídias digitais abriu um horizonte de possibilidades de circulação da informação literária. Em vez de levar o livro impresso à morte fulminante, como alguns acreditavam, os e-books se afirmam como outro suporte de leitura, muito útil em determinados contextos devido à portabilidade. Os escritores Enéias Tavares e Fábio Yabu analisam o assunto.
While the much-trumpeted death of the novel doesn't seem to be happening any time soon, I do have a very real fear that we readers stand on the brink of another literary death. For, now that we are well and truly ensconced in this age of Kindle, my worry is that the fine art of inscribing a book with a pertinent message for its recipient is starting to look decidedly peaky.
Bowker has ranked Smashwords the largest US producer of indie ebooks in 2012 according to their new annual Self Publishing Report for 2012. Smashwords was also ranked as the second largest producer of self-published books after CreateSpace when counting the combined production of both print books and ebooks (Smashwords doesn't do print).
Uma apresentação de Kathryn Zickuhr, investigador do Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, acerca  da forma com as bibliotecas estão a lidar com a mudança digital e acerca dos hábitos de leitura e de frequência de bibliotecas por parte dos americanos e daquilo que eles esperam das bibliotecas no futuro.
If you love Calvin, Susie, Mrs. Wormwood, Spaceman Spiff, Hobbes and the rest of the C&H cast of characters then I have some good news for you. Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip Calvin & Hobbes is (legally) available as an ebook for the first time ever.
A New York court has dismissed a lawsuit against Google by authors who accused the internet giant of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission.US circuit judge Denny Chin, in Manhattan, accepted Google's argument that its scanning of more than 20m books, and making snippets of text available for online searches, constituted fair use under US copyright law.
Amazon’s Kindle rules the roost in e-books, but tablets could soon overtake it for digital reading, FutureBook’s fourth annual Digital Census suggests.The survey of more than 2,000 people with professional links to the industry found that nearly half (47.6%) now commonly use a Kindle for their personal reading. But not many fewer (43.6%) now use an iPad—a figure that has risen steadily over the last few years of the Census. It has been boosted over the last year by Apple’s launch of the iPad Mini, and the recent unveiling of the iPad Air can only increase its popularity as a reading device further.
Customers can now upload their own photos or choose from hundreds of images and patterns, including Amazon-exclusive designs, to create personalized Kindle covers and skinsAmazon.com today announced an all-new service that allows customers to personalize Kindle covers and skins—all for the same price as a standard cover. Customers can now design their own Amazon Origami covers and a variety of other covers and skins for Kindle by uploading photographs from their own library, choosing from a variety of Amazon designs made exclusively for Amazon Origami covers, or choosing from a library of hundreds of images, logos, designs and patterns—including popular comic, movie and television show graphics from Peanuts, National Geographic, Breaking Bad, Star Trek, and more.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the November 24, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 9, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
2.     THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, by J. A. Redmerski
3.     MINE, by Katy Evans
4.     MIRAGE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul
5.     ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     DOUBLE DOWN, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
2.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
3.     TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup
4.     THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer
5.     GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

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