Feeds

Amazon eats open ebook reader

Doubles up on iPhone

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Amazon has acquired Lexcycle, maker of the popular Stanza (iTunes link) ebook software for the iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, Windows PCs - and Amazon's own Kindle 2.

The acquisition was announced Monday in a posting on Lexcycle's blog, which stated that "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."

Amazon appears to agree - and it's equally apparent that the company wants to sell content to the 37 million iPhone and iPod touch owners that Apple has attracted.

According to Lexcycle, there were over a million free downloads of Stanza in 2008. The Stanza library includes over 100,000 books and periodicals, including Stephanie Meyer's überpopular Twilight, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope, and novels by Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, and many others.

Amazon uses a proprietary ebook format for its Kindle 2, but Stanza and its desktop offshoots support not only the non-proprietary .epub format from the International Digital Publishing Forum, but also eReader, PDF, Mobipocket, and Microsoft Reader.

Although Amazon's free Kindle for iPhone (iTunes link) gives iPhone and iPod touch owners access to the Kindle Store, the Lexcycle acquisition not only expands the Amazon's reach into the existing mobile market, but also positions it to become the go-to source for ebooks for upcoming devices such as the Palm Pre, Android smartphones and netbooks, and other MIDs (mobile internet devices). ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.