Fictionwise.com Signs e-Distribution Deals
Fictionwise.com announced that it signed a distribution deal with Stonehouse Press, which exclusively handles novels by best-selling author Warren Adler. Fictionwise.com will distribute e-book versions of Adler's 23 novels, including his latest, Mourning Glory, which will be released in August. One of Adler's other most popular books, The War of the Roses, was made into a major motion picture and is now also available at the company's Web site.
"Warren Adler is not only a best-selling contemporary author, he's also a leader in electronic publishing," says Scott Pendergrast, Fictionwise.com co-publisher. "He has the foresight to obtain e-rights to all of his novels and he is one the few novelists in the world to have all of his works sold electronically. His e-books provide significant expansion to Fictionwise's contemporary titles."
Fictionwise also signed electronic distribution deals with Hunter Publishing and Pocketmanager.com.
Hunter Publishing produces a wide range of travel guides, says Pendergrast. Unlike other guides, Hunter Publishing titles are particularly suited for e-books because the content is text-driven and can be easily read on Palm Pilots and other handheld devices.
Similarly, Pocketmanager.com, a division of Estuary Technologies, is a business e-publisher. Titles belonging to Pocketmanager.com range from business topics to marketing, sales and communications publications.
Fictionwise.com also signed a deal with Skipwire.com, a division of Blue Squirrel, that will allow Skipwire to distribute Fictionwise e-books through its wireless Palm system. Skipwire's wireless download technology, DownStream, allows subscribers to download e-books from Palm Pilots or Handspring Visors via wireless modems.
"We believe that the wireless market for e-books will explode over the next years," predicts Pendergrast. "Skipwire will help us reach the wireless Palm market, while other deals we have in place will let us reach the SmartPhone (cellular) market. We feel we're well-positioned for the wireless world."