O que revistas digitais podem aprender com editores de ebook?

The bells and whistles that magazine publishers are adding to digital magazines remind me of enhanced ebooks, which book publishers got very excited about a couple of years back. They hoped that by adding video and music to an ebook, they could charge more for it. Fast forward to 2013 and enhanced ebooks are widely considered a flop. So far, readers simply haven’t been interested in paying more for them. Book publishers have scaled efforts back and are no longer trying to charge higher prices for enhanced editions.

Do paidcontent.org. “É a economia, estúpido!”

etiqueta, a “pequena ética”

Convencer alguém a mudar de ideia não é algo comum em nosso tempo. Basta uma semana nas redes sociais para perceber: […] a maioria está ali para confirmar certezas prévias ou se irritar com quem diz o contrário.

Uma radicalização que também nasce do meio: para que os palpites sejam ouvidos entre tantas vozes, a tendência é que o adjetivo prevaleça sobre o termo exato, a ênfase sobre a ponderação, as regras generalizantes sobre as nuances que tiram a graça e o colorido das frases e slogans.

Num cenário assim, não é difícil adotar um tom nostálgico ou apocalíptico. […] Prefiro seguir achando que a humanidade não mudou tanto: apenas passamos a ouvir, graças a uma tecnologia muito mais benéfica que perniciosa, que criou possibilidades infinitas de compartilhamento de informação, as conversas antes restritas a botecos.

[…] Pensar com liberdade, o melhor atalho para identificar o lado certo numa disputa, passa por ouvir e aprender com vozes dissonantes. Mesmo que o timbre delas seja mais frequente em zoológicos, penitenciárias e hospícios.

Michel Laub, em texto que inaugura sua coluna quinzenal na Folha. Começou bem.

Por que os ebooks estão cheios de erros de digitação?

It seems that pushing updates to ebooks isn’t a simple or quick process. Believe me, I’m dying to report specific typos, and I think this is one scenario where crowdsourcing could be helpful, but so far, it’s just not happening.
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This seems completely insane to me — the technology should allow us to move fairly quickly on pushing updates of minor typos for new purchasers of a book. This should be one of the great advances of ebooks: that if the printer makes a mistake, everyone doesn’t have to live with it until they sell through a million copies or whatever. Instead, I’m needlessly looking at typos that surely thousands of other people have seen in the past few years
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We can assume that this won’t be a problem with most new books, because printed and digital versions will be created simultaneously from the same master text… unless publishers actually get lazy. But most books aren’t brand new, and if the convenience of an e-reader must bring with it an acceptance of shoddily produced and edited versions of books, then count me out.

Why is an ebook ever riddled with typos?

Cópia legal

Some authors and publishers clearly don’t like the concept of fair use as it applies to books, because they believe it infringes on their rights as creators and owners of intellectual property — that is, the right to control whatever happens to their work, in any context. But the court reiterated that fair use exists for a crucial reason: namely, to allow others to transform and re-use parts of copyrighted works for artistic or other socially-beneficial purposes. And whether the Guild likes it or not, scanning books so that they can be indexed and searched clearly falls within that description.

Mathew Ingram, do blog GigaOM, explica porque a decisão do Google de escanear livros para disponibilizar online é juridicamente correta.