One Response to “Amazon Acquires Popular iPhone E-Reader App Stanza”

  1. Hmmmm… I'm begining to feel like Amazon has the midas' touch of ebooks — if midas' touch was the swine flu instead of gold.

    Yes, I may be biased—but only because I enjoy my eBooks and every time I turn around amazon is doing something to undercut my reading experience.

    Their product is shoddy at best, and instead of improving it they have a pattern of monopolizing the business and killing technology that does work. I only hope they don't do this with Stanza….

    The thing I like about Stanza as is is the availability to purchase from a large amount of retailers–if one iphone store doesn't have my book, another does. Comparitive shopping–it's that simple.

    In addition, some retailers have really stepped up the reading experience. Take for example BooksOnBoard ( it's listed on the top spot in Stanza catalog).

    BooksOnBoard has developed a QikClik technology that takes 3 clicks from selection to download, so I don't have to go through the huge hassle of most retailers (including Amazon) which made me hesitant on ereading in early on.

    With Amazon taking over Lexcycle what will happen to technological advances like this? Will we be left with the same old Kindle problems ? will all the good advances be swept under the rug in order for Amazon to stay on top?

    Personally, I just want my reading experience to keep improving. There are still alot of bugs that need to be worked out to make it simpler, but I'm afraid that if Amazon keeps aquiring rather than making advances –the readers will be the ones left with the short end of the stick