Tue, 12/02/2008 – 22:26 — neelan
Chatham, NJ – December 3, 2009 – Fictionwise, Inc., the largest independent eBook retailer in North America, and Lexcycle, Inc., the creators of the award-winning electronic book reader Stanza, today announced that over 40,000 eBooks from Fictionwise.com are now available for purchase and download via Stanza, the most popular eBook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
In an agreement between the two companies, Lexcycle has licensed Fictionwise’s eReader eBook reading format for integration with the Stanza iPhone application. In addition, Fictionwise will operate the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook store, which is accessible directly through the Stanza app, and gives Stanza users access to over 40,000 titles from all major trade publishers.
“We are very excited that our large and growing catalog of electronic books is now available to Stanza users,” said Steve Pendergrast, co-founder of Fictionwise, Inc. “eReader continues to be the only eBook distribution format on the iPhone and iPod touch that is widely accepted by virtually all major publishers. Our goal is to make the eReader format available everywhere.”
The integration of the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook store with the Stanza app enables customers to browse and search for eBooks based on title, author, genre, or popularity. Customers can then purchase and wirelessly download eBooks right on their iPhone or iPod touch for immediate reading.
“Just in time for the holidays, Stanza readers are going to be able to find their favorite authors like Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts,” said Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle. “This relationship with Fictionwise is a big step forward in our ongoing effort to expand the selection of works available to our large and growing user base.”
Stanza for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch is available today as a free download from the iTunes App Store or from Lexcycle.com. Users can immediately browse and purchase electronic books for Stanza from Fictionwise by visiting the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook Store in Stanza’s built-in Online Catalog.
Wow. This is huge.
Integrating eReader file format into Stanza means less confusion for new eBook readers (Why do I need another program?) and more sales for writers. Over half a million iPhone/iPod Touch owners have Stanza installed.
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Reference: Stanza eBook Reader For iPhone