All I can say is…WOW. And maybe what does this all mean? Caught this one compliments of Twitter (something else I never thought I would say) but it comes to us via Mike Cane. Most of you, by now, are well familiar with the Kindle 2, Amazon’s personal eBook reader. And an awful lot of you are familiar with the iPhone eBook reader, Stanza, which had been the brainchild of Lexcycle. I have long felt that Stanza was the best and most versatile eBook reader available for the iPhone.
The real question will be whether we lose Stanza entirely, or whether the Kindle App will be rolled into Stanza. One of the great features of Stanza are the direct links to numerous bookstores from within the program. Add that to the myriad of features already included in Stanza, and it is, in the opinion of many users, the best stand-alone eBook reader available for the iPhone today. so, I personally hope that Amazon sees the benefit to keeping this one around, and just adds the Kindle Whispersync feature (in other words merge the Kindle app into Stanza, rather than vice versa.)
On the other end of the spectrum, you may recall that Barnes and Noble recently purchased Fictionwise, along with their ereader application. In this context, it makes sense for Amazon to purchase Stanza in order to add a ready-made, full-featured eBook reader to their arsenal, especially after Barnes & Noble releases their rumored standalone eBook reader.
I cannot tell you what will come from all of this once the dust settles. but it certainly should be interesting to stand on the sidelines and watch this all shake out. Keep reading for the official announcement from Lexcycle.
Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!
Mon, 04/27/2009 - 13:00 — marc
We are very excited to announce that Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!
It has been an amazing experience to see Stanza grow out of our brainstormed ideas into one of the most downloaded iPhone applications. Throughout this period we have attempted to listen to and innovate for our customers to provide a great ebook reading experience.
We are not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of the acquisition. 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.
We are excited to join forces with a company that has innovated on behalf of readers for over a decade and is a pioneer in ebooks. Like Amazon, we believe there is a lot of innovation ahead for ebooks and we could not think of a better company to join during this exciting time.
As always, we encourage people to ask questions or provide feedback through our forums athttp://forum.lexcycle.com or directly to us at infolexcycle [dot] com.
Marc, Neelan and Abe
- [Via Mike Cane’s Twitter Feed]