Breaking news: eReader format licensed for Stanza on iPhone

Stanza_2We’ve never hidden the fact that our favorite ebook reader is eReader.  We’ve used it for years on just about every platform and currently both Kevin and I are big fans of eReader on the iPhone.  Another reader from Lexcycle, Stanza, has been one of the most downloaded apps for the iPhone since its release.  Stanza is a great reader application but Kevin and I lamented the fact that it could not handle content purchased in the eReader store.

Today’s breaking news will make fans of Stanza and eReader very happy indeed.  Fictionwise, the company behind the eReader format, is announcing a licensing deal with Lexcycle to provide access to the eReader format to Stanza on the iPhone.  The Stanza folks are also launching their own Stanza eReader store providing total access to the 40,000+ eReader library within Stanza.  The version of Stanza that was released in the past few days will already handle eReader content but it had not been announced until this news broke.  You can read your eReader content with Stanza right now if you try it.

The folks at Fictionwise will continue to provide the eReader iPhone app so this deal broadens the options for users who have eReader content.  It’s all about choice, you can continue to use the eReader app or Stanza, whatever floats your boat.  Fictionwise just wants their content everywhere and this is only the first move in that direction.  They intend to make other licensing deals in the future.

Full press release after the jump.

Chatham, NJ – December [TBD], 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.”

Availability
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.

About Lexcycle
Lexcycle is a private company that strives to bring the digital reading revolution to readers around the world. With over 500,000 users in 50 countries, Lexcycle Stanza is the highest rated and the most popular free electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.  To learn more, visit http://www.Lexcycle.com

About Fictionwise
Fictionwise.com is the largest independent eBook retailer in North America. Fictionwise sells award-winning and high-quality eBooks by top authors in every major eBook format, which can be read on hundreds of different handheld devices as well as personal computers. Established in June 2000, Fictionwise has sold millions of eBooks to hundreds of thousands of loyal customers worldwide. Fictionwise operates not only their flagship storefront, Fictionwise.com, but also eReader.com, eBookwise.com, and storefronts for several independent publishers. “eReader Everywhere” is a trademark of Fictionwise, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.Fictionwise.com

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