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barnes & noble have acquired ebook seller fictionwise.

hm. didn't B&N try their own ebook store a few years back, in cooperation with microsoft? i studiously ignored that because a) microsoft and b) DRMed content only. i continue to ignore DRMed work, and usually buy my ebooks in pdf format, since the OLPC is happiest reading that. if i ever MUST have something that's DRMed i buy it in a format that's been cracked, and convert it as soon as i've got it downloaded. it's a pain, though, i usually just don't bother buying it.

i guess B&N trying again because amazon seems to really make a go of it, what with the kindle in edition 2 now. possibly the mainstream is waking up to the glory that are ebooks, now that the readers are getting cheaper and ebooks are easier to find.

i spend a fair penny at fictionwise these days; i hope nothing changes for the worse. of course their own announcement is filled with how this portents an exciting future -- but somehow that rarely seems to mean "exciting" in a way i'll appreciate.

on 2009-03-07 04:13 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] blur01.livejournal.com
I just installed kindle on my iPhone. I've been reading a couple of things on my phone via Stanza before that.

on 2009-03-07 20:32 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ckd
I'm cautiously optimistic that by getting under Barnes and Noble's wing, Fictionwise will finally have better market power/visibility to publishers and can therefore get more books and more reasonable pricing. (Especially if the publishers decide that they'd rather have two ebook vendors rather than being completely beholden to Amazon.)

I only buy eReader format DRMed books at this point, because I consider their DRM to be below my pain threshold. Naturally I would never violate the wise and benevolent strictures of the DMCA in any way.

(One sign of hope: Speakeasy was bought by Best Buy some time ago, and yet has continued to not suck despite the sheer suck-force that is Best Buy.)

on 2009-03-08 16:51 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] velochicdunord.livejournal.com
Chapters/Indigo has launched their own service on this side of the border; Short Covers. (http://shortcovers.com/shortcovers/1-1-FAQs/sc-d3qBzyt07UeBKZ69wbr_cQ/page1.html)

Platform warz are on.

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