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Stanza now over 40,000 eBooks strong

Stanza's iPhone e-reader is now over 40,000 eBooks strong.

Stanza (Download.com link | iTunes Link) from Lexcycle is one of the most downloaded iPhone apps, but it previously could not handle any content that was purchased from the eReader store. In order for you to view these formats you had to use eReader for the iPhone (iTunes Link), but that is not true any more.

Lexcycle has signed a license agreement with Fictionwise, the company behind the eReader format, to bring that eReader-compatible books to Stanza. Lexcycle will be launching a Stanza eReader store, giving Stanza users total access to 40,000 or more eReader titles. Stanza was recently updated in the iTunes App Store with the enhanced eReader capability.

According to the press release:

"In an agreement between the two companies, Lexcycle has licensed Fictionwise's eReader eBook reading format for integration with the Stanza iPhone application. In addition, Fictionwise will operate the "Stanza by Fictionwise" eBook store, which is accessible directly through the Stanza app, and gives Stanza users access to over 40,000 titles from all major trade publishers.

"We are very excited that our large and growing catalog of electronic books is now available to Stanza users," said Steve Pendergrast, co-founder of Fictionwise, Inc. "eReader continues to be the only eBook distribution format on the iPhone and iPod touch that is widely accepted by virtually all major publishers. Our goal is to make the eReader format available everywhere."

The integration of the "Stanza by Fictionwise" eBook store with the Stanza app enables customers to browse and search for eBooks based on title, author, genre, or popularity. Customers can then purchase and wirelessly download eBooks right on their iPhone or iPod touch for immediate reading.""