Jan 8 2009
THIRD UPDATE: I’m just going to rewrite the post for tomorrow. Fictionwise is working assiduously (my word) to get publisher approval and it sounds like it is all going well. Also, I expressed my despair that so few new titles were available this week and this too is going to be addressed and there should be more new titles and more formats for books available soon. Which is good because I still have $70 micropay dollars left to spend.
SECONDARY UPDATE: I wanted to make clear that Fictionwise is working with publishers to provide replacement copies of all the ebooks that are being affected by Overdrive’s termination of its contract. Harlequin, for example, has agreed to provide replacements. I’m not sure what other publishers have although, according to Fictionwise 80% of the publishers have agreed.
I am trying to get a list of what houses have not agreed to provide preplacements. Please check out Fictionwise’s FAQ for more details.
UPDATE: I checked my Fictionwise account to see what books are affected. I have over 100 titles that will be expiring. Fictionwise suggests not to do a bulk download, but to download them one by one (gah!) but 80% of them are being replaced with eReader copies so far. Fictionwise is negotiating with publishers to provide replacement copies. I hope that works out okay.
I have been a longtime Fictionwise buyer, but lately I have been very, very frustrated by the lack of new content. Case in point, I wanted to buy For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper but only Books on Board had it and only in Mobi. There were a number of new releases that were also not available at Fictionwise this last go around.
It appears that Fictionwise and Overdrive have broken up. This is important because Overdrive supplies over 300,000 books to Fictionwise:
The affected units include some Secure Mobipocket, Secure Microsoft Reader, and Secure Adobe Digital titles, but Secure eReader and Multiformat are unaffected.
You’ll want to go to Fictionwise and download all those titles. If they are secured titles, you might want to think about stripping the DRM (note this is illegal in some countries including the US) because those titles will no longer be available through Fictionwise and if you have DRM issues later, well, you are likely to be screwed.
I said on Twitter this past week that I was done with Fictionwise after my micropay rebate was exhausted because of content issues (i.e., not enough new content). Maybe I’ll come back if they work out a deal with publishers.