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Fictionwise, the first successful e-book retailer and the dominant one until its eclipse by Amazon, has announced it will “wind down its operation” on December 4th. Spokesman Dan Jorissen, who has been operating the company since the departure of its founders in the wake of its acquisition by Barnes & Noble in 2009, explained that “there has been a significant decrease in demand” for Fictionwise’s formats in view of the growing popularity of B&N’s platform.
The full announcement is below. To read our announcement of the acquisition of Fictionwise by B&N, click here.
A personal note: Fictionwise was founded almost simultaneously with E-Reads and served as our principal retailer for more than half a decade into the 21st century. They were brilliant marketers and bent over backwards to provide personal service to readers as well as to publishers and authors. We considered them our “sister house” and we would not have survived without them. So, though its founders departed years ago, we feel as if we have lost an old friend.
November 15, 2012
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.
We greatly appreciate your support of Fictionwise over the years. Together, we pioneered eBooks and eReading.
Daniel Jorissen and The Fictionwise Team