1 de dezembro de 2013

Leituras Digitais (17 a 30 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.The data shows the digital divide between developing countries and developed countries: 70 percent of the discovery data and 73 percent of online usage data come from developed countries. Using statistical analysis, the experiment confirms that Open Access publishing enhances discovery and online usage in developing countries. This strengthens the claims of the advocates of Open Access: researchers from the developing countries do benefit from free academic books.
“It’s no surprise that e-books haven’t become so popular in Japan,” said Toru Sanpei, chief of the secretariat of the Japan Electronic Publishing Association.“Japan is much smaller than the U.S. in terms of land area, but there are so many bookstores, and people can buy cheap but well-made books. So books don’t really have to be digital,” Sanpei said.
Cambridge University Press (CUP), the oldest publisher in the world, is overhauling its enterprise applications in a bid to keep up with how people consume content in the digital world.Established in 1534 by Henry VIII, CUP has more than 50,000 titles in its back catalogue and produces more than 2,500 titles a year. However, like many other publishers, it is having to reassess its business model to accommodate a shift from pure print to a combined print and digital future.
While ebook sales growth has flattened in the past six months, it’s almost certain to continue its upswing – sooner or later.
Parents are turning their children into ebook readers at an increasing clip. More parents intend to buy their kids ebooks and e-reading devices this holiday season versus last year, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World.
Foi lançado ontem o portal iLEIO, uma plataforma que agrega num único sítio em linha livros, livrarias e biliotecas digitais. A plataforma, «totalmente desenvolvida em Portugal», é de «utilização fácil e intuitiva».
Segundo divulgado em comunicado, entre as funcionalidades do iLEIO estão, por exemplo, a leitura com e sem acesso à internet, a independência do dispositivo de leitura e a possibilidade de criação de bibliotecas pessoais, com livros digitais adquiridos em livrarias ou requisitados em bibliotecas, de formato ePUB, em versões 1 e 2, com possibilidade de inclusão, até ao fim de 2013, da versão 3. A plataforma pode também ser usada em smartphone ou tablet, desde que o leitor tenha instalado um browser.
Os portugueses são dos cidadãos da União Europeia com menores taxas de participação em actividades culturais, segundo o relatório do Eurobarómetro. São números que “não nos ficam bem”, diz o secretário de Estado da Cultura. Falta de investimento, fraca aposta na educação e baixo poder de compra explicam parte destes resultados dizem diversos especialistas e responsáveis.
Amazon is now preparing a new Kindle Paperwhite for release in early Q2 of next year, TechCrunch has learned. The marquee feature of the new device is a high-resolution 300 ppi screen that will bring the company's e-reader displays back into technical parity with devices from competitors like Kobo.
Remember that new Nook Android tablet that my sources said would be launched in October but B&N said would not be launched this year? B&N might not be planning to ship the tablet this year, but they do have it under development and it justshowed up on a benchmark website.
According to GFX Bench the new Nook device, which I am calling the Nook X, will have the model number BNTV800 and run Android 4.2.2 on an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip.
Barnes & Noblebarnes noble logo shared more bad news today in the form of a new quarterly report. In the 3 months ending 26 October, B&N grossed a total revenue of $1.73 billion, or about 8% less than the same period last year.On the plus side, B&N reported that EBITA (operating profit) increased from $66.5 million to $75.7 million. They also reported net earnings of $13.2 million, or 15 cents a share, up from $501,000 a year ago. On a per-share basis, the company posted a loss of seven cents a year earlier.
Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks.
Asked about preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books jump out as the media most desired in material form, ahead of movies (48%), newspapers and magazines (47%), CDs (32%), and video games (31%).
Hmmph. I could buy the books from England, of course, but (a) it's expensive, and (b) I don't want three more dead-tree books in my library. I want to read them on my tablet. But I can't do that either, because publishers these days are all hellbent on using digital technology to maintain more control over their products than they ever had in the physical world. I can buy the physical books and have them shipped to Irvine, but I can't buy the Kindle version and download it to my American tablet. For contractual reasons, Tor UK does not permit that, and the region coding embedded in the Kindle app enforces their desire. So I'm screwed.
Worldreader has a lofty goal: eradicating global illiteracy. So far they've reached 13,000 kids in Sub-Saharan Africa by giving them e-readers loaded with local and international books. John Risher of Worldreader joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss their mission and how learning to read can improve children's lives.

New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the December 8, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 23, 2013.

E-Book Fiction

1.     TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich
2.     KING AND MAXWELL, by David Baldacci
3.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
4.     11/22/63, by Stephen King
5.     BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING, by Christina Lauren

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
2.     THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer
3.     FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER, by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
4.     MIRACLES AND MASSACRES, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck
5.     GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

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