9 de fevereiro de 2014

Leituras Digitais (26 de Janeiro a 8 de Fevereiro)

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

You'll have a hard time finding a copyright monopoly maximalist who insists that public libraries should be banned. This would be political suicide; instead, they typically tell lies about why it's not the same thing as online sharing. Let's have a look.
Then it’s time to take a long look at the culture surrounding self-publishing. We’ve moved past the time where we need to champion the cause, okay? We’ve seen enough success in that space and have plenty of positive examples it’s time to stop acting as cheerleaders.And it’s time to start acting as critics.
Book retailing on the Internet, let alone an offer that is ebooks only, hardly cuts it as a stand-alone business anymore. The three companies most likely to be in the game and selling ebooks ten years from now are Amazon, Apple, and Google. The ebook business will not be material to any of them — it is only really close to material for Amazon now — which is why we can be sure they will see no need to abandon it. It is a strategic component of a larger ecosystem, not dependent on the margin or profit it itself produces. And the rest of their substantial businesses assure they’ll still be around as a company to run that ebook business.
A new generation of e-books is creating opportunities for students to engage with challenging texts, and also to make their own meaning from curated resources. Here are just two examples of what's on the horizon.
When you are on the fence about buying an eBook, often the only thing you can do is download a free sample. One of the big problems with this approach is the number of pages included in the sample. If a book has a large table of contents, a forward, likely you won’t even get to read the first chapter.  I took a look at a title “Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box,” by the Arbinger Institute. The entire first half of the sample chapter for this book is nothing but promotional testimonials — the kind of blurbs you’d see on the back cover of a paperback. Then follows the cover art and front matter. Finally, at the very end, you get to the actual content: barely what would fit on a single printed page, and just 4% of the total sample chapter file. It’s a brief introduction that indicates almost nothing of the substance and style of the book.
AmazonNuvem de Livros is going to be facing increased competition from Brazil’s Nuvem de Livros later this year. This ebook subscription service, which boasts a million users in Brazil and Argentina, is planning to expand their service in South America and Central America later this year.
In the world’s first bookless public library in the US state of Texas, the rows-upon-rows of books that fill traditional libraries have been replaced with high-tech gadgets that cater to both adults and children.Instead of taking home books, registered residents of the south Texas county of Bexar - which has never had a public library or a bookstore - will be able to access over tens of thousands of titles from e-readers for free.
Don Quijote de La Mancha, o engenhoso fidalgo de Miguel de Cervantes, pode ser ouvido na íntegra a partir deste link. O trabalho de gravação foi obra do Instituto Don Quijote, a propósito da celebração do quarto centenário da publicação da primeira parte da obra cervantina.
Hay Festival de Cartagena de Indias, que decorreu no passado fim de semana, teve no seu vasto programa um encontro com editores que debateram o futuro do ofício. No El País, Jesús Ruiz Mantilla conta como foi (ler aqui).
After receiving feedback from customers and webinar attendees, Adobe has revised the migration timetable for customers.  “Adobe does not plan to stop support for ACS 4 or RMSDK 9.  ACS 5 books will be delivered to the older RMSDK 9 based readers”, according to Shameer Ayyappan, Senior Product Manager at Adobe.  “We will let our resellers and publishers decide when they wish to set the DRM flag on ACS 5, thus enforcing the need for RMSDK 10 based readers.”
A new report out of the Netherlands this week has revealed that the Dutch are buying ebooks at a rate far higher than the global average.The market research firm GfK reported earlier this week that the average Dutch ereader contained 117 ebooks, of which a grand total of 11 were bought with money. This data is drawn from a GfK survey, and it’s not clear when the survey was polled or how many people responded, but GfK did also add that ebooks made up about 4.5% of the Dutch book market.
On the one side we have people arguing based on far from complete data that growth has flattened, while on the other side we have people, some with an emotional investment in continued growth,  arguing that the data is incomplete and providing anecdotal evidence that they’re still seeing increased.The topic is so contentious that I was surprised yesterday when I came across an infographic which (almost) reports on the topic fairly. It’s from Sainsbury’s, and it appears to have been created in August so it is a little out of date and is missing a lot of current data.
Despite tight budgets that have compounded the numerous challenges to implementation, media specialists are “generally enthusiastic about the continued adoption of ebooks” by their students, and usage in school libraries—especially at the high school level—is expected to continue rising incrementally, according to the 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries. The annual survey, the fourth of its kind, was produced by School Library Journal and sponsored by Follett.
I've been writing about "digital rights management" (DRM) for years in this column, but here I am, about to write about it again. That's because DRM – sometimes called "copy protection software" or "digital restrictions management" – is one of the most salient, and least understood, facts about technology in the contemporary world.When you get into a discussion about DRM, you often find yourself arguing about whether and when copying and sharing should be allowed. Forget that for now. It's beside the point, for reasons that will shortly be clear. Instead, let's talk about the cold, hard legal, technical, marketplace and normative realities of DRM. Let's talk about what happens with DRM in the real world.
For the last five years, while many publishers have been focusing on digital innovation in order to capture the attention of what appeared to be a growing audience of tablet owners, some innovative publishers have been finding new ways to use print on demand services from Ingram Content Group to repackage content, enter into the print marketplace for the first time, and connect a new generation of readers to print books through personalization.Because print on demand eliminates a number of costs by allowing publishers to print with a relatively short turn-around or through a small print-run, it has allowed some publishers to rethink their print business, offer new opportunities they previously had not explored, and even take bestselling ebooks and create print versions of those titles.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the February 16, 2014 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 1, 2014.

E-Book Fiction

1.     THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
2.     ONLY TIME WILL TELL, by Jeffrey Archer
3.     LABOR DAY, by Joyce Maynard
4.     UP FROM THE GRAVE, by Jeaniene Frost
5.     SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
2.     TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup
3.     THE MONUMENTS MEN, by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
4.     DUTY, by Robert M. Gates
5.     KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard


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