E-reads and Fictionwise.com Announce Strategic Relationship
May 9, 2001 - Chatham, NJ - E-reads, a leading publisher of quality fiction and nonfiction
reprints, and Fictionwise.com, a top-selling web publisher and retailer,
announced today that the two companies have formed a strategic relationship.
As part of the agreement, Fictionwise will be the preferred distributor of
e-reads' extensive list of titles.
Fictionwise.com, launched by founders Steve and Scott Pendergrast in June
2000, is a highly dynamic and interactive retail eBook web site that both
authors and eBook buyers have praised. Currently, the majority of
Fictionwise's catalogue is short fiction eBooks, focusing on award-winning
science fiction and fantasy.
The combination of e-reads' high quality, full-length titles with
Fictionwise's advanced retail channel makes the strategic relationship a
formidable player in the emerging eBook industry. The core competencies of
each firm generate exciting possibilities. Richard Curtis, founder of
e-reads, holds a distinguished position in the traditional publishing world
as the head of a leading literary agency. His reputation in the author and
agent communities is a perfect fit with the technical savvy and online
marketing skills brought to the table by the Pendergrast brothers, who come
out of strong technology, Internet, and new media backgrounds.
Curtis describes Fictionwise.com as "the most technically advanced eBook
website I know of. Although our books are distributed by numerous online
retailers, Fictionwise's skills in reaching fans and other consumers are
peerless. The technology behind the Fictionwise website, from their micropay
system to the numerous eBook formats they support, makes them a clear
Scott Pendergrast, co-publisher of Fictionwise, commented, "Our members have
been asking for more variety, more authors, more categories of both fiction
and nonfiction. E-reads owns a killer list of titles that fits right in with
that demand. This relationship will benefit customers and authors alike, as
well as both of our companies. It will allow e-reads to focus on content
acquisition and Fictionwise to focus on keeping our technology and delivery
Under the agreement, Fictionwise.com has created a special page on its web
site for e-reads titles and information, and in turn gains access to e-reads
' entire catalog of high-quality novels and nonfiction titles. E-reads will
designate Fictionwise.com as its preferred eBook sales retailer. The
companies are exploring other ways to work together, including joint
marketing opportunities and technology sharing.
In 1999 Richard Curtis, one of the publishing industry's most prominent
literary agents, founded e-reads in anticipation of the eBook revolution he
had long predicted. Focusing on the most popular categories of fiction and
nonfiction, Curtis acquired a stellar array of titles by big-name authors.
His approach to publishing is radically simple: "It consists of an author, a
reader, and a server, and everything else is irrelevant." Thanks to the vast
economies produced by electronic text-delivery systems, he created what he
terms an "author-centric" publishing model in which the author contributes
more to the publication and promotion processes and is rewarded with a much
greater share of revenue than is paid by conventional publishers. The
e-reads web page at Fictionwise can be seen at:
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fictionwise.com is a leading independent eBook publisher and distributor.
The company publishes award-winning and high-quality fiction eBooks by top
authors in multiple formats, including Palm (for Palm, Visor and Win CE),
Adobe Acrobat, Rocket/REB1100, Microsoft Reader (Pocket PC and PCs), and
Franklin eBookMan. Fictionwise authors include Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison,
Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Damon Knight, Gregory Benford, Mike Resnick,
James Patrick Kelly, Pamela Sargent, and Kate Wilhelm, amongst many others.
Fictionwise also distributes eBooks by other high-quality publishers. It is
believed that Fictionwise.com has the largest eBook collection of major
award-winning and nominated science fiction stories on the Internet. For
further information, contact Scott Pendergrast at email@example.com.