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I read so many ebooks and I do it using the great reader application eReader.  I have over 350 books in my eReader bookshelf and was happy to hear from the Fictionwise founder that they would continue to develop versions of eReader for different platforms.  You […]

EreaderI read so many ebooks and I do it using the great reader application eReader.  I have over 350 books in my eReader bookshelf and was happy to hear from the Fictionwise founder that they would continue to develop versions of eReader for different platforms.  You may recall that Fictionwise recently bought eReader from Motricity and it was good to hear that they intended to keep eReader growing in the future.  Now that I’m tempted to pick up an iPhone 3G when it’s released next month I began thinking that I would need a version of eReader to use for my ebooks.  I feel pretty confident that the big screen of the iPhone would make for a sterling ebook reader but I’d need Fictionwise to pump out a version for that phone.  I reached out to the folks at Fictionwise and asked them if they plan on a version of eReader for the iPhone and this is what they said:

Apple released their SDK for iphone/itouch on March 6. Wehave two Mac development experts doing the work to make eReader function on theiphone/itouch right now. Apple will allow third party applications, likeeReader, to be used by customers after the next iPhone/iTouch firmware updatewhich is currently estimated to be released on June 30 and we expect to be donewith our porting work at about the same time.

However, there is also a wild card in that Apple mustapprove of each and every application released for iphone/itouch, and we arecurrently seeking information about what the criteria are to qualify. We willcertainly support these devices if we possibly can and Apple allows it.

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Fictionwise/eReader Support Team

Woot!  Come on Apple, get the iPhone eReader version approved ASAP!

  1. … unless Apple happen to have realized that iTunes is a brilliant way to sell e-books as well and have something in the works themselves?

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  2. paul robinson Friday, June 13, 2008

    I still imagine Apple coming out with the ebook store on iTunes and Steve Jobs making a presentation at which the MSM (mainstream media) dutifully reports that Apple has created something new called ebook reading!

    Hope they get smart and make agreements with Fictionwise and others and open the iPhone to competing readers…

    eReader’s pretty good, but has some serious interface issues (e.g., inability to categorize docs from the doc list screen!).

    I’d like to see TiBr Pro (fast, well designed) ported and Palm Fiction (especially for its ability to handle many different doc types).

    This is good news, though, about eReader!

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  3. What matters is e-Ink.

    If people wanted to read books in conventional screens they could use a notebook, no need for fancy iPhones.

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  4. Nice Posting about Apple iPhone mobile phone. Apple iPhone is the best technology for mobile phone. There is one “app” that I would like to see on the iPhone… it’s called Flash.

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  5. It’s nice to see 3rd party vendors interested in ebooks, since Jobs clearly is not. Speaking of the amazon kindle ebook reader, Jobs said “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

    A back-lit, tiny screen will not make a good ebook reader anyway – I’ve tried.

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  6. Put the best on the best.

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  7. Great news, but rather stale. The email you quote is from May 7th on the Fictionwise Yahoo group. The subject came up again this week, but no new info is available. Looking forward to it, though.

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  8. Jack, the email I quote was sent to me personally yesterday.

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  9. It is great news. What many don’t understand is that many of us like our phone to be secondary ebook readers. I often get stuck in line at the store, waiting rooms, etc and always have my phone with me. Being able to pop open a book and read for 20 minuets is such a luxury.

    I don’t understand why many people have to deride the concept. No, it is not a Kindle or a real book. It is a convenient alternative when on the go. Someday people on the internet will stop making universal pronouncements based on their individual usage needs.

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  10. Glad to see a 3rd party ebook reader for the iPhone. An ebook reader is the first app I put on my BlackBerry, and has been the most used app on the PDAs, handheld PCs and smart-phones I’ve owned. The backlit screen works great; you can even read in the dark. Pretty easy on the eyes when you toggle to white text on black background. The big money target for Jobs & Co probably doesn’t read much, but they don’t gotta. The lack of reading among the general populace has not destroyed the book industry, and does not preclude their being a need for good ebook apps on phones, including the hallowed iPhone.

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