Okay, this one is a little strange….on the Amazon discussion boards, several people have commented on how a division of Barnes & Noble called Fictionwise is offering books for your Kindle in their online store. For those of you who don’t know, Barnes & Noble is the developer of the nook, a direct competitor of Amazon’s Kindle that has received a lot of negative publicity, primarily due to them not producing enough units for Christmas (and having to refund money, among 101 other things).
Is this a matter of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join’em?” I don’t know, maybe it is. However, I see one HUGE potential thing for owners of Kindles: if Amazon charges $9.99 for a new release, what is to stop Barnes & Noble via Fictionwise to offer the same book for $8.99. Amazon, seeing the same book offered online for $8.99 then lowers the price to $7.99…and so on and so on. Who knows, but it would certainly be nice for you and me. They also allow PayPal as a payment option, which may lead to more customers for those people worldwide who do not have a credit card.
The following is directly from the Fictionwise website – you can read it below or click here to read it on the Fictionwise website for more information.
Fictionwise: Kindle FAQ
How Do I Set Up Direct Email To Kindle from My Fictionwise Bookshelf?
In order to enable email from your Fictionwise bookshelf directly to Kindle, you must do a couple of one-time setup steps. After that, any MultiFormat eBook displayed in your bookshelf will have a new button marked “EMAIL TO KINDLE”.
Initial setup only takes a minute. Simply perform these steps:
- 1. Find Your Kindle Email Address, and White-List email@example.com
Go to Amazon’s Kindle page (that link pops up a new window so you don’t lose your place here) and click on MANAGE YOUR KINDLE which is under the CART button in the upper right.
Make a note of your Kindle email address in the YOUR KINDLE(S) area. If you have more than one, note that currently only one can be registered at Fictionwise at a time for using the direct email feature. You could still use the USB method for other Kindles you own.
While you are on this screen, add firstname.lastname@example.org in the section called YOUR KINDLE APPROVED EMAIL LIST. If you do not do this, Amazon won’t let Fictionwise send ebooks to your Kindle using email.
- 2. Register your Kindle Email Address At Fictionwise Click Here to pop up a window, or go to “EDIT MY PROFILE” in your Fictionwise bookshelf and scroll down to the Kindle section. Fill out your Kindle’s email address in the form and click SUBMIT.
That’s all there is to it! At this point you will see a button, EMAIL TO KINDLE, appear next to every MultiFormat eBook in your Bookshelf. Clicking on that button emails it to your Kindle.
- Amazon.com charges 15 cents per MB, rounded up to the next whole MB. (These fees apply to each personal document wirelessly delivered to each Kindle.) You are responsible for this charge in your Amazon.com account. If you do not wish to pay this charge, then download first to your computer, then use the Kindle USB cord to upload the eBook to your Kindle.
- It may take some time for your eBook to appear on the Kindle. Do not click more than once. You can get a status on your Kindle upload progress from the Amazon Kindle page. We will warn you if you recently sent the same eBook and ask you to confirm.
Can I Use Direct Email To Kindle with Bulk Download?
Not right now, but we are investigating this. The Kindle does allow a single ZIP attachment, but we’re not sure what the size limitations might be. Stay tuned.
Can I Use the Kindle Experimental Browser to Access Fictionwise.com?
We don’t suggest it. Limitations on the Kindle screen make it difficult for complex web sites like Fictionwise.com to operate effectively. We are investigating ways to support a simplified version of Fictionwise on the Kindle browser.
Why Doesn’t Fictionwise Sell All Titles for Kindle?
We would love to, but Amazon.com has made a business decision that keeps any other eBook retailer from selling Secure eBooks that require DRM encryption for Kindle. Unless Amazon changes this policy, we can offer our Multiformat eBooks but not our Secure eBooks for Kindle.
I Have Seen Blog Articles On Methods That Allow DRM Mobipocket Books To Work On Kindle. Can I Use That Method On Fictionwise Secure Mobipocket eBooks?
We do not support the use of such methods to transfer Fictionwise Secure Mobipocket eBooks to Kindle. For one thing, Amazon could take steps at any time to disable such methods from working. So you might purchase a book thinking it will work on your Kindle when it does not. We have to pay the publisher as soon as you download the eBook, we can’t refund you if this transfer method doesn’t work.
It is also not clear whether such methods violate your Amazon Kindle terms of service, which might mean you could void your Kindle warranty by using such methods.
Our Kindle-compatible Multiformat eBooks are in unencrypted Mobipocket format and the Amazon Kindle documentation expressly allows those kinds of file to be used on the Kindle. However, the Amazon Kindle documentation specifies that encrypted Mobipocket eBooks cannot be used on the Kindle.
For these reasons, Fictionwise strongly discourages the use of any such methods, and we will provide no support for them. Fictionwise only supports our MultiFormat eBooks for use on Kindle, not our Secure (DRM) Mobipocket eBooks.
Why Does Fictionwise Support Kindle When You Have The Competing eBookwise-1150 Device?
Fictionwise has always believed in consumer choice. That’s why our MultiFormat eBooks support every major device, including many legacy devices such as eBookman and Hiebook.