15 de dezembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (1 a 15 de Dezembro)

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

Lately, two recent trends are taking place in e-book publishing. First, several articles in the past few months indicate that e-book returns have grown among readers. Some readers are abusing Amazon’s generous Kindle book return policy in order to get their money back after purchasing a book.While it’s important for Amazon and other online retailers to have a mechanism in place to allow readers to return books — due to publishing errors or technical problems — the idea of reading a book then returning it is a big problem. It hampers self-published author sales and minimizes the purpose of a return policy.
Talking to authors—and especially authors who have already been published by big traditional publishers—you can see the excitement and anticipation when this subject comes up.The chance to publish what you want, when you want to, in the way you think best. The return of power and influence to the actual creators of the content. That’s exciting.
Os livros, que sempre estiveram sujeitos à impaciência do mundo, serão a ela submetidos dramaticamente. Estou certo de que um núcleo de leitores seguirá lendo os textos de grande fôlego, essas máquinas preguiçosas que implicam o empenho de quem lê. Mas também estou convencido de que as novas gerações estarão disponíveis sobretudo para uma literatura que, não perdendo o brilhantismo, se apresente como experiência substancialmente fugaz. No meio do desafio, o conto e a poesia serão géneros bem mais aptos a sobreviver do que o romance.
Um ano após a chegada das gigantes Amazon, Kobo e Google Play Livros ao Brasil, o segmento de livros digitais chega a uma participação entre 2% e 4% do faturamento total do mercado editorial. O número pode parecer baixo, mas é festejado por especialistas e profissionais da área, que veem uma arrancada superior à de países como os EUA e estimam fatia de até 10% ao fim de 2014.
The Fina screen module, which is being used in the recently announced Pocketbook CAD Reader, features a lighter and thinner glass backplane.This screen replaces the glass TFT backplane used in many E-ink screens with a very thin glass substrate that promises to deliver screens that are much lighter and thinner than in standard LCD screens. It is now available to be built into E-ink screens of all sizes from 5″, to the 13.3″ screen used in the Pocketbook CAD Reader. According to the press release, a Fina screen weighs less than half as much as an E-ink screen which uses an existing backplane, and it is less than half as thick.
As part of a worldwide 4-year project, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford in the U.K. and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana in the Vatican City have launched some of their collections digitally available online at http://bav.bodielan.ox.ac.uk
Em San Antonio, nos Estados Unidos, abriu uma biblioteca sem livros. Pelo menos livros físicos. O objetivo é incentivar a leitura através dos livros digitais.
As many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on Amazon.com are from indie publishers, according to data revealed at a trade presentation by the retailer.A chart detailing the 25 top-selling indie titles in 2012 was passed on by an audience member via Twitter. Though the term indie is broad, covering everything from self-published authors to publishing houses that fall outside the big six, the news has been interpreted as a victory for the go-it-alone author. However in the US the term has come to mean self-published. A spokeswoman for Amazon.com said: "This figure is referring to Kindle books on Amazon.com in 2012, with 'indie' meaning books self-published via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). So a quarter of the top 100 bestselling Kindle books on Amazon.com in 2012 were self-published via KDP."
Amazon Publishing has launched a new digital short story imprint in the US called StoryFront.The imprint will also be home to Amazon’s digital literary journal Day One, a weekly publication dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.
Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library's holdings.By law, "all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway," so when the library is finished scanning, the entire record of a people's language and literature will be machine-readable and sitting in whatever we call the cloud in 15 years.
Launched in partnership with comiXology, the new marketplace lets you browse a diverse selection of over 40,000 top comics and graphic novels. After you’ve decided on a purchase, you’ll be directed to comiXology to complete the transaction.
All book-lovers know the digital revolution is having an impact on independent bookstores. Except for Barnes & Noble, the chains are gone. Fewer and fewer independent bookstores have survived the onslaught of online retailing. I thought it would be illuminating to talk with Annie Philbrick, co-owner of the Bank Square Bookstore, an independent business located in Mystic Connecticut.Despite enormous competition from online retailers, and though the store was closed for weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Bank Square Book Store has remained a vital resource for book lovers in the community. Annie provides insight about her strategies for surviving, and, in fact, thriving, and talks about the state of retail book-selling today.
O digital surgiu como uma enorme promessa. É escusado explicar porquê pela enésima vez; os motivos são múltiplos e de monta, desde o embaratecimento radical do processo de divulgação do que se faz a obter-se instantaneamente uma audiência potencial do tamanho do planeta, ou pelo menos da parcela do planeta que está interconectada digitalmente e compreende a língua que o autor usa, passando pela imensa abreviação do tempo que pode decorrer entre escrita e leitura e por muitos outros eteceteras que já foram dissecados até à exaustão por centenas de outros escribas.
While pundits bemoan the death of print, Pitchfork and the L.A. Review of Books are among the online magazines embracing ink on paper
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the December 22, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 7, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE GODS OF GUILT, by Michael Connelly
2.     THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
3.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
4.     COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
5.     TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.     DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell
3.     TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup
4.     LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, by Nelson Mandela
5.     THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer

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