image "The entire Samhain romantic fiction catalog of ebooks" will be readable via the DRMfree Stanza e-book reader for the iPhone and Touch, thanks to new agreements with Books on Board.

BooksOnBoard is thus the first or one of the first commercial bookstores to link up with Stanza, which I’m guessing will also run on some other handheld devices in the near future.

Toward a major DRMless ecosystem for booksellers

I don’t know how seamless the buying process will be—as easy as the Kindle’s?—but this is definite progress, especially for those of us who dislike DRM. So far, Stanza lacks "protection." I’d love to see a DRMfree ecosystem of bookselling for the iPhone, Touch and other devices such as Android-OS phones! And same for dedicated readers. I’m delighted that Sony will set up its wireless system to include indie stores, and I hope it will likewise experiment with a DRMless approach.

Related: Stanza tips for bookstores and writers: How to SELL ePub books for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which mentions All Romance eBooks’ support of Stanza. Meanwhile a slightly trimmed version of the press release follows.

BooksOnboard First to Offer New eBook Titles for the iPhone in Partnership with Stanza

Austin, TX – November 18, 2008 – BooksOnBoard, the premier ebook retailer, has entered into definitive agreements with Samhain Publishing Ltd. and Lexcycle, Inc. to make the entire Samhain romantic fiction catalog of ebooks available on Lexcycle’s Stanza. Stanza is the highest rated and most popular ebook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

“This provides a giant step forward for many of our customers,” said Bob LiVolsi, BooksOnBoard CEO, “Now, our readers will be able to buy, download wirelessly and read ebooks from Samhain’s best selling authors such as Lori Foster, Lora Leigh, Jess Dee, Lorelei James, and Lucy Monroe from their iPhones. As always, our prices remain the best in the industry on Samhain and other mass market titles.”

"By working with BooksOnBoard, we’ve taken the first of many steps to address the #1 ’feature’ requested by Stanza users — the ability to purchase the latest and greatest content to read on Stanza" said Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle. "In addition to Samhain, we are actively working with BooksOnBoard to bring additional popular publishers to the Stanza Readers"

Samhain authors have expressed excitement about the partnership with BooksOnBoard.

"I’m thrilled to be part of such cutting-edge technology that puts great books into the hands of more readers" says bestselling Samhain author Lorelei James.

According to Christina Brashear, Samhain’s publisher, "Samhain has always striven to be diverse and progressive in both the content and delivery of our books, and partnering with Stanza and BooksOnBoard is a significant step in that direction"

Stanza is available from the iTunes App Store for free. Readers with iPhones and iPod Touch’s can visit on your iPhone to purchase any of Samhain’s titles for download to Stanza. To learn more, please visit

About BooksOnBoard
BooksOnBoard ( is an online retailer of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Known for strong customer support, its free online tutorials, and aggressive prices, BooksOnBoard has the largest eBook catalog online with over 270,000 titles. For the latest from BooksOnBoard, subscribe to the RSS feed:

About Lexcycle and Stanza
Lexcycle strives to bring the digital reading revolution to readers around the world. With over 500,000 users in 50 countries, Lexcycle’s Stanza is the highest rated and most popular electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.


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