18 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2010 5:22 AM by crashmstr

    iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

      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?

       

        • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
          RicanChuloinFla

          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?

          • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

            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.

            • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
              Doug_Pardee

              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.

              • getting Fictionwise/eReader books into BN eReader on iPod Touch

                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.

                • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
                  Just in case someone from Barnes and Noble ever reads these forums, let me point out what a customer relations fiasco this is. B&N bought another company with a bunch of customers and some good software. They took the software and converted it for their own purposes, and left the customers out in the cold. If there isn't ever an iPad version of the Fictionwise/eReader.com software, I'll start buying books somewhere else. I would normally be happy to start buying my books from the parent company of the company I've been buying from all along. But the eReader software was first to the iPhone and it's the best reader for the iPhone in my opinion, so I'm convinced that if B&N hadn't bought eReader that there would be an iPad version already. The point is, if you want my business, don't leave me out in the cold. If B&N eReader lets me store and read my old eReader books, I'll switch over to the B&N eReader and start buying books from both sites if not switching over entirely. But if you don't accommodate me, I know it was you who tried to make my existing library of books obsolete, and I'll be damned if I buy a single book from you. If you want me as a customer, you have to treat me like a valued customer. End of story. So from here on out, unless something changes, it's Kobo or Kindle or iBooks for me. You can't treat me poorly and expect me to be your customer. I would have thought that was just common sense and good business, but maybe that's too much to expect from Barnes & Noble.
                  • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
                    As this message board is for Quality Assurance and Support, I've been hoping for an official response on this issue. Until then, I can't believe that buying from Fictionwise.com, eReader.com, or even the B&N branded store is a good idea.
                      • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
                        I've just downloaded and tried out the newly updated Stanza reader that supports the iPad. I've been able to load DRMed eReader files via manual http links. I'll check later today if I can use iTunes to add them.

                        While this lets me read on my iPad the many DRMed eReader format books that I've purchased, I really would like a formal response from support about the future of the eReader application and the future of Fictionwise.com and eReader.com. Partly because I've really liked the eReader software, but mainly because I've had great experiences buying from Fictionwise and eReader.com in the past, and I'd like to be comfortable with being a customer going forward.

                        Until then, Fictionwise.com, eReader.com, and Barnes & Noble will be at the bottom of my list for any new books.
                        • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

                          Just adding my "me too".

                          I'd really like to know the answer to this also. I'd be willing to continue my investment in eBooks but with the fragmented market that B&N has created by not letting us easily use our Fictionwise and eReader books, in the B&N reader, seems to be a pretty bad idea to continue purchasing from them or the B&N main site. Maybe I'll buy some iBooks from Apple or eBooks for the Amazon Kindle app. No reason to stick if I have to change anyway.

                          B&N please listen.

                        • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
                          ckd

                          The iPad app has been updated, and it still cannot load Fictionwise/eReader.com books...and B&N is silent.

                           

                          Why can't B&N's iPad version of eReader just let iTunes sync our existing Secure eReader books in via iTunes, the way that other iPad/iPhone apps like GoodReader or Stanza can?

                            • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

                              B&N's iPad eReader can't let us use our existing books because B&N's management wants us to buy new books from B&N. It's called intentional obsolescence. B&N bought Fictionwise and eReader to eliminate the competition. They couldn't buy up and shut down the other companies without inviting some kind of anti-trust action, so they bought them and allowed them to keep running without the capacity to develop their businesses.

                               

                              What's perplexing is why, now that they own these competitors, B&N doesn't see the opportunity to bring the customers of those competitors into the fold. I guess they just expect we won't take our business elsewhere. Well, I for one am taking my business elsewhere. Until B&N starts treating the customers of its subsidiaries like customers, I'm buying my books—digital and physical—elsewhere.

                            • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com
                              Looks like B&N finally allowed the original eReader app to get iPad support. I like Stanza a lot, but I'm glad to get my eReader with the big screen support, especially because Stanza wouldn't show my eReader dictionary.
                              • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

                                Hi - I 'm also a Fictionwise member. I was able to load the majority of my ebooks on to my nook by just copying them from my harddrive directory. I am running the nook on a PC under Win/Vista. I  first made a separate directory for those books I wished to transfer.  IThis allows me to keep track of the number of books and which titles I wish to copy.

                                 

                                If you have any that are DRM (adobe digital rights) you may have to authorize this device to be able to accept them. You would do that from within the adobe application. You can then copy those as well. With ereader I am not sure since I did more downloads with Fictionwise and other sites that deal in ebooks. I was able to transfer over a 1000 books with no problem. I have had to play with it a little bit since a few books were in both pdf and epub format. If you have both you get a duplicate listing.

                                  • Re: iPad app and eBooks from other B&N Companies: eReader.com and Fictionwise.com

                                    With the iPhone and iPad, it is not just as simple as copying files. You generally need to use loading functionality in the app, or app+iTunes.

                                     

                                    Also, this discussion was primarily intended to ask/talk about eReader format books with DRM purchased from eReader.com or fictionwise.com, and lack of support in available reader applications on the iPad to "consume" those files.

                                     

                                    Now that the "old" eReader app has been updated, we should be "ok" at least for the near term.