05-27-2010 11:42 AM
I have purchased over 1000 titles at Fictionwise.com, and a dozen or so from eReader.com in the last 10 years. I've considered myself a loyal customer and have continued to enjoy my eBooks for many years across many devices.
As they are now Barnes and Noble companies, will there be a way to load (or "sideload") those into the B&N eReader on the iPad, or will there be an updated non-B&N branded eReader that will continue to support purchases from Fictionwise.com and eReader.com?
05-27-2010 12:13 PM
you beat me to the punch as I have the same question and was hoping the B&N eReader would let me import the Fictionwise books. If not, when is the standard eReader app coming out that supports Fictionwise?
05-27-2010 05:01 PM
I have the same question! I can read all my eReader books purchased at Fictionwise with the B&N Desktop application on my Mac with no problem at all. It would therefore make sense that the iPad B&N Reader should be capable of doing the same!
On the Fictionwise website, there is a section to upload personal content, where I have added ebooks purchased from other stores. Barnes & Noble need to add this feature so their own site, after all Fictionwise IS their subsidiary.
05-27-2010 05:19 PM
Agreed... this fragmentation of our eBook libraries is a big turn-off to using electronic media. With BN owning several of the companies, I was kind of shocked that I didn't get a nice fuzzy email telling me how to merge accounts.
05-27-2010 05:59 PM
B&N owns Fictionwise, but the two operate separately. From the press release about the acquisition:
Barnes & Noble intends to keep Fictionwise as a separate business unit and the founders will continue to operate the business.
So far, there's no sign that's changed. Fictionwise is Fictionwise, B&N is B&N.
05-27-2010 08:11 PM
05-28-2010 01:55 AM
05-28-2010 09:49 AM
05-28-2010 10:30 AM
It really is too bad they won't get their act together (literally). They purchase companies with long established clients that are wanting to be loyal, and instead they are forcing us to look for work arounds (some questionable) instead of expanding on the customer base! Publishing and distributing ebooks should be one of their higher profit margin products, and the iPad is taking it more into the mainstream. I can't belive they aren't paying more attention to their own forums and taking advantage of such an opportunity.
05-28-2010 12:44 PM
Right on, donncon! People have good reason to be skeptical when buying electronic media... will that company be in business, and supporting the format on current devices, in say 5, 10 or 20 years? My paper book library will still be working for sure in that timeframe!
Personally, I trust Apple to be around, and to a lesser extent Amazon, but is my $20 copy of Iron Man in HD on Amazon or AppleTV really as valuable to me as a Blu Ray disc would be?
B&N has acquired other eBook companies. If they do not move quickly and clearly to bring all these formats under their tent, I can see no reason to trust any B&N purchase to be more than a short-term "rental" until the next smartphone or tablet comes along.
When you set yourself up to sell electronic media, and put yourself in the position of being a lifetime steward of the customers' purchases, you need to garner trust above all else.
05-30-2010 10:33 PM
05-30-2010 11:43 PM
That method works on the older iPod Touch/iPhone app I think, but there is no + sign on the screen for the newer iPad B&N reader.
05-31-2010 06:26 AM
Romsfuulynn, what you describe works for the ereader.com ereader software but not for the Barnes and Noble ereader software either for the iPhone or iPad. No such plus sign appears anywhere but the ereader.com/fictionwise app. Reportedly, B&N bought fictionwise specifically for that software (but who knows). Since they updated the B&N-branded version and added an iPad version but did not update the original ereader.com ereader nor add an iPad version, it looks as though they bought a competitor just to strangle it. That would be very sad
06-01-2010 11:48 AM - edited 06-01-2010 12:07 PM
> Perhaps when the iPad gets it's firmware update. Supposedly that will allow one access to a file and folder structure we will be allowed to "side load" the books.
This fuctionality already exists on the iPad. I currently have three 3rd party apps on my iPad that allow me to load files via itunes; Goodreader, Cloudreader, Crossword. Itunes allows me to see the file and folder structure specific to that specific app and copy files to/from the iPad.
My guess is that if BN isn't doing it now, they arn't ever going to. Which is strange to me, unless they really believe that burning the people who have been buying ebooks the longest will cause them to buy more books from BN.
05-28-2010 12:35 AM
I have 5 ebook readers on my iPod: FFictionwise eReader,Stanza, Kindle for iPod and 2 pdf/doc readers. I have resisted adding BN's eReader because my connection to eReader as a reader goes back to my Palm 3 and Peanut Press, and being unable to load the 800+ ebooks I have from them into the BN eReader has been the biggest turn off.
Now I'm finding ebooks on BN that I can't get from Fictionwise and I'm looking at it again.
So the question is: is there a way to blend the two yet? Is there a way to get my .pdb ebooks to play nice with the BN eReader on my iPod Touch?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
05-28-2010 07:17 AM
I have the Fictionwise and BN readers. Each handles their own books. If there is a way to combine the books in one reader I have not found it, either in the ipod or in itunes.
05-28-2010 07:41 AM
What a poor business model! I just downloaded the new BNeReader for iPad, thinking I could read some of my eReader books (I have a TON, and quite a few I never got to read) formatted for the iPads larger screen, now I find out the two are completely separate! Guess I'll just delete the BNeReader and keep using the iPhone version on my iPad. What a bummer!
05-28-2010 12:51 PM
I asked primarily because I know that I could side load them onto a Nook, so I thought there might be a way to do the same thing with a different device. I knew I couldn't be the only one with the problem.
I may wind up adding their eReader back on, but I just hate to waste the space on Another reader program. My Touch is only 8gig, so the space is not infinite.
05-30-2010 09:35 AM
I too am a bit puzzled as to why B&N hasn't made their reader compatible with Fictionwise and eReader.com books, but I have my own workarounds.
For the old books that are pdb format with no DRM, I use Calibre to convert to epub and then read them in iBooks. And any new books I buy will be in epub even though that sometimes means paying a tad more for the book.
For my old books that won't convert, which is fortunately not many, I guess the iPhone version of the old ereader program is going to have to be good enough.
06-02-2010 11:53 AM