Baen has rebranded its Webscriptions program, changing the name of the site to BaenEbooks.com, redesigning its look, and renaming the monthly e-book package program to “Monthly Baen Bundles”. All account information and previously purchased bundles will remain the same under the new site, though users who have set up their Kindles to receive e-books by e-mail will have to authorize a new email address.
Sadly, with this change Baen is no longer providing OPDS catalog support for downloading e-books directly to Stanza. This is disappointing given that some people (such as me) don’t have iOS devices recent enough to use the new system, the catalog was helpful for other apps such as IbisReader that also supported OPDS access. Of course, users of up-to-date Apple devices can download e-books directly into iBooks through Mobile Safari, but everyone with older devices will just have to use Calibre, I suppose.
I’m a little surprised Baen is ditching the “Webscriptions” brand, given that it had built up a lot of recognition over the more-than-ten-years it’s been in operation. But on the other hand, there’s something to be said for simplifying the name so new users immediately understand the point of the site—and when you get right down to it, a “Webscription” wasn’t really a true “subscription” anyway.