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Um artigo sobre um debate já longo, o dos efeitos da tecnologia sobre o livro impresso:

Digital technology has certainly had a profound effect on the traditional book publishing and retailing industries, but has it also given the book a new lease of life?

At one point it looked as if the rise of e-books at knock-down prices and e-readers like Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook posed an existential threat to book publishers and sellers.

"Literature found itself at war with the internet," as Jim Hinks, digital editor of Comma Press, succinctly puts it.

But contrary to expectations, the printed book is still surviving alongside its upstart e-book cousin, and technology is helping publishers and retailers reach new audiences and find new ways to tell stories.


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Imagem: The Guardian


Um estudo liderado por Anne Mangen, da Universidade de Stavanger (Noruega), comparou a reconstrução da mesma história feita por dois grupos de leitores: um grupo leu a história num Kindle,  o outro no formato tradicional de livro. Concluíu que os leitores do livro impresso responderam significativamente melhor quando foram convidados a colocar os episódios do enredo na sua sequência correta. O que talvez se explique, diz a investigadora, pelo apoio que a fixidez e solidez do papel proporcionam à apreensão visual do texto, à medida que a leitura vai decorrendo. O estudo é noticiado no jornal britânico, The Guardian: Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

No sítio da BAD pode aceder diretamente à petição sobre O Direito à Leitura Electrónica (The Right to E-read), organizada pela EBLIDA - European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association.



The book is not dead é o título de uma infografia publicada pelo Daily Infographic, com o seguinte texto de introdução:

"E-books are a great thing, one can take thousands of books with them but without all the weight. But books still hold a lot of charm. My favorite kind of book that e-books will never replace are Coffee Table Books. There is nothing better than walking into a home and finding large, beautiful hard-back books full of glossy vibrantly colored pictures of anything from Picasso to tree houses. Even color e-books tablets can’t hold a candle to this majesty of a coffee table book.

Book stores are another thing that e-books will not kill. Everyone loves going into a book store and paying too much for coffee and getting to click all the fancy pens, and e-books don’t have fancy pens. Book stores will continue to stay resilient against the wrath of e-books. Hell, bookstores go ahead and sell e-books just to show how little they are threatened.

All this said, I do own a kindle. I love my kindle, but I love my coffee table books more. When you boil it down, reading is good. So, physical book or e-books, at least we read enough as a culture to have the debate!"

Imagem: The New York Times/ Technology 

Na era da internet não são só os leitores que lêem os livros;  os livros eletrónicos também podem ler o percurso e o rasto de dados que os seus leitores vão acumulando.

Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully. Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up. Did they skip or skim? Slow down or speed up when the end was in sight? Linger over the sex scenes?

A wave of start-ups is using technology to answer these questions — and help writers give readers more of what they want. The companies get reading data from subscribers who, for a flat monthly fee, buy access to an array of titles, which they can read on a variety of devices. The idea is to do for books what Netflix did for movies and Spotify for music. (...)

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