Friday News: Fictionwise Shutters Its Doors; Real Readers Read Print; Mills...

From my inbox:

Dear Fictionwise Publisher/Author,

As you may know, Barnes & Noble acquired Fictionwise, Inc. (Fictionwise) on March 3, 2009. Fictionwise runs several eBook websites, including Fictionwise.com, eReader.com and eBookwise.com. Over the past few years there has been a significant decrease in demand for many of the eBook formats that Fictionwise.com sells. In contrast, the new industry standard eBook format supported by Barnes & Noble–ePub–is growing in popularity.

This letter is to notify you that Fictionwise will wind down its operations on December 4, 2012. The Fictionwise sites (including Fictionwise.com, eReader.com and eBookwise.com) will end sales on December 4, 2012 and U.S. Fictionwise customers will cease to have access to their Fictionwise Bookshelf through the site after December 21, 2012. Customers outside the U.S. will cease to have access to their Fictionwise Bookshelf through the site after January 31, 2013. Fictionwise customers will be notified of this and U.S. and U.K. customers will be given an opportunity to move their customer accounts, including their eBooks purchased at the Fictionwise websites, to a Barnes & Noble NOOK Library.

Pursuant to section 2 of the agreement between Fictionwise and you, we hereby provide you with ninety (90) days notice that this agreement will terminate effective February 13th. Your final 4th quarter royalty statement and payment will be mailed February 15th.

If you are not already selling your titles at BN.com and would like to do so, please visit www.pubit.com.


 

iRock

I googled iRock and came up with this Facebook page which made me wonder if iRock is Bollywood’s version of Joe Francis’ Girls Gone Wild franchise. Let’s hope not.

“Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies.”

In the strangest essay I’ve read on the subject of ereaders = bad, Andrew Piper places his justifications on the classics. St. Augustine’s conversion, for example, was marked by marking his place in the Bible with his finger.

“We know Augustine was reading a book from the way he randomly accesses a page and uses his finger to mark his place. The conversion at the heart of The Confessions was an affirmation of the new technology of the book within the lives of individuals, indeed, as the technology that helped turn readers into individuals. Turning the page, not turning the handle of the scroll, was the new technical prelude to undergoing a major turn in one’s own life.”

Piper goes on to state that it is the book’s physical form that actually allows the words printed therein to change our lives. No scroll predating a bound book and no words formed by pixels on a screen can do the same.

Moreover, our bodies are yearning for tactility (in the rise of touchscreens) and rejecting the hardware (in the form of developing carpal tunnel from pushing the buttons on the device). It’s a many word opus that is almost too farcical to believe.

Maybe Piper should read the 1 John 2:16

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.