29 de dezembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (15 a 28 de Dezembro)



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

Last month I published a post on my company blog that caused some (shall we say) interesting feedback from both our publisher clients as well as the broader media community. While I was certainly not the first to proclaim the death of the tablet magazine, the now universally recognized and unequivocal data pointing to the steep decline of print-replica apps is becoming undeniable.What’s even worse news for magazine publishers who have chosen either a PDF-based or Adobe InDesign-led “Plug-In” app solution in a race to cash in on Apple’s Newsstand is the damning evidence of Apple’s lack of support…and frankly, interest in the Newsstand app itself.
Smashwords today unveiled our first major website redesign since our launch in 2008.We made hundreds of changes large and small.  We also made technical changes behind the scenes that will lay the groundwork for us to introduce many new tools and features for authors and readers alike in 2014. 
Ao mesmo tempo em que o universo dos textos impressos encolhe, o livro - ou, pelo menos, algumas de suas características mais conhecidas- revela uma capacidade notável de continuar vivo on-line.
Parece que a ideia do livro está tão profundamente enraizada no inconsciente coletivo que ninguém suporta deixá-la para trás.
Nintendo hashonto nintendo 3ds been promising to launch an ebookstore for the Nintendo 3DS for over a year now and it has finally arrived – in Japan.It’s called honto for Nintendo 3DS, and the service includes both a reading app as well as an ebookstore. The current selection is limited to only around 200 titles, but Nintendo hopes to increase their catalog to over 1,000 in 2014.
Muitas bibliotecas estão recebendo solicitações de usuários e gestores para que incluam
e-books em seus acervos. Quando isto ocorre, muitos bibliotecários acreditam que o primeiro passo a ser dado é a aquisição de e-readers ou tablets. Ter este entendimento é tão irreal quanto imaginar que para iniciar um projeto de biblioteca digital deve-se adquirir primeiramente um scanner! A utilização de dispositivos de leitura em bibliotecas pode representar benefícios, porém não deve ser enxergado como uma política para inclusão destes recursos em bibliotecas.
This is what I’ve learned, having now self-published three books (selling close to 10,000 copies total)—two using Gumroad and Sellfy (which are indie sales platforms, aka: digital goods e-commerce services, or “indies” from here on in), and my latest on Amazon’s KDP Select platform. My first two books were sold as PDFs and promoted exclusively on my own website. While they were added to Amazon (using BookBaby), I put zero effort into promoting them there. The thought was that I may as well get 95 percent of the sale (minus transaction fees) through indies, since Amazon was only paying out around 70 percent to authors. The main reason I used KDP for the third book is because I hadn’t used it before, and have a penchant for experimenting (which is actually a topic from the latest book). I talk/write a lot about self-publishing so I wanted to make sure I understood every major angle.
Tell people you’re reading a book, and they’ll probably picture papers sewn together into a binding. Tell people you’re reading an ebook, and it’s not such a cut-and-dry mental picture.There are dozens of ways to make an ebook, but one format is emerging as the international standard: the EPUB. One day soon, the EPUB format may be the first ebook picture that comes to mind.
Seeing as though 2013 is just about over, we’ve gathered more publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2014. This year, we had so many insightful predictions to choose from – it was hard to pick just these ten. Stay tuned in the coming days for more predictions, those that hit the cutting-room floor.
A italiana RCS Libri, do grupo RCS, lançou a campanha «110 Libri+», a primeira campanha do mercado livreiro em Itália que oferece, na compra em linha de um livro em papel, valor acrescentado para a compra do livro digital correspondente.
Os leitores que comprarem em linha, numa loja do grupo, um livro em papel que esteja na lista dos 110 livros mais vendidos do ano, têm a possibilidade de comprar o mesmo livro em formato digital por 1,99 €.
Calibre, the leading ebook management/reading/library/conversion app, is now also an ebook editor. This new feature was added in a weekly update about 2 weeks ago, but it only came to my attention this week.
The ruling this week comes as a result of a lawsuit filed in February 2013 by a Holmes enthusiast. Finding the publication of his latest anthology of Holmes stories blocked by the Conan Doyle estate, noted Sherlockian scholar, Baker Street Irregular, and prominent attorney Leslie Klinger filed suit in the federal district court of Illinois to settle once and for all whether the character Sherlock Holmes was under copyright or in the public domain.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the January 5, 2014 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 21, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

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

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
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.     THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer
           
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