Fictionwise is Over

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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.

Richard Curtis

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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.

Thank you,
Daniel Jorissen and The Fictionwise Team

Richard Curtis

About Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a leading New York literary agent (www.curtisagency.com) who foresaw the Digital Book Revolution and launched an e-book publishing company early in 2000. E-Reads (www.ereads.com) is one of the foremost independent e-book publishers in the industry, specializing in reprints of genre fiction by leading authors in their fields. Curtis is also a well-known authors advocate, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry, and prolific blogger – see his hundreds of other blog posts here.

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2 thoughts on “Fictionwise is Over

  1. I have over 900 titles on Fictionwise and will be out of the country for several months! That is a fortune of books to lose if I cannot download those that B&N cannot transfer and there is a fairly big list of titles that are mon-transferable! A six month warning to consumers would have been much nicer. Bye bye FW!

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