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Amazon buys iPhone Stanza app maker Lexcycle

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
News Categories: Apps + Games

Amazon.com has purchased Lexcycle, developer of the iPhone book-reading application Stanza. Stanza allows users to read e-books on their iPhone or iPod touch in the “epub” format, which is an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum that many publishers use to create e-book files. Amazon’s Kindle device doesn’t currently support “epub” files; nor does its Kindle for iPhone app let users download content from within the application, a feature Stanza offers. According to a post on Lexcycle’s blog, the company is “not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of the acquisition,” adding that they are “excited to join forces with a company that has innovated on behalf of readers for over a decade and is a pioneer in ebooks. Like Amazon, we believe there is a lot of innovation ahead for ebooks and we could not think of a better company to join during this exciting time.”

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Hope it doesn’t turn out to be a M$-Netscape type acquisition.

Posted by Stevens on April 28, 2009 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

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