Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Amazon acquires Lexcycle - maker of the Stanza eBook reader

Amazon.com has acquired Lexcycle, makers of electronic book reader Stanza. Lexcycle revealed the purchase on its Web site Monday afternoon.

Stanza is a desktop and iPhone application that allows users to download and read ebooks in multiple formats. Currently Stanza supports Adobe PDF, EPUB format, the XML-based standard format and support for Adobe’s eBook content protection technology, allowing users to purchase commercially published eBooks. Stanza on the Mac also has the ability to export books as an MP3 file and then added to iTunes as an audio book.

Stanza has more than 1.3 million users in 60 countries, according to the company's Web site. With the acquisition by Amazon, Stanza users may think that the app will change significantly, but Lexcycle says not to worry.
"We are not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of the acquisition," the company said on its Web site. "Customers will still be able to browse, buy, and read ebooks from our many content partners. We look forward to offering future products and services that we hope will resonate with our passionate readers."

1 comment:

Ipod Touch said...

Stanza is great if you only want to read text from free books. But it will not allow any artwork and cannot read purchased eBooks. Most reviewers either omit these facts or simply overlook them.

Those are severe limitations if you want to read something besides Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Art of War or Robinson Crusoe. eReader is also free on the App site and has a much wider capability for accepting e-material. This includes artwork and paid eBooks.

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