Random House and Ballantine will be the first major book publishers
to make full-length books available for free on iPhone through Lexcycle
Stanza, Apple iPhone
and iPod Touch book reader app.
The authors list includes Alan Furst, Julie
Garwood, Charlie Huston, David Liss, Laurie Notaro, Arthur Phillips and
Simon Rich. The initial offerings will be drawn from each author's
backlist and will include excerpts for any new hardcovers coming in
Stanza users already have access to a public domain library which sees nearly 40,000 downloads a day.
Random House is providing links to retailers like Amazon, Barnes
and Noble.com, Borders.com, Powells.com and IndieBound.org to encourage
readers to purchase more books by these authors.
"A free eBook is a great way to sample a new writer, and help spread
the word," says Charlie Huston, whose novels 'Caught Stealing', 'Six
Bad Things', and 'A Dangerous Man' will all be available on Stanza.
"Besides, it's good to give things away. They're books. We write them
for people to read them."
The free Random House and Ballantine titles will be available beginning
today to all iPhone and iPod Touch Stanza users. Stanza for the Apple
iPhone and iPod Touch is available as a free download from the iTunes
App Store or from http://www.lexcycle.com.
Penguin is offering Penguin 2.0 and Penguin Mobile. There is a Penguin US iPhone application, as well as website for mobile phones. The app can download the
app from iTunes here, or just visit the mobile-optimized site.