Lexcycle blogs http://www.lexcycle.com/blog en Stanza 3.0 Now Available http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-3-now-available-with-ipad-support <p>I am happy to announce the release of Stanza 3 to the <a href="http://itunes.com/apps/Stanza">iTunes App Store</a>. Among many other improvements, this release brings a native optimized version for the Apple iPad!</p> <p>Other Stanza 3.0 improvements include:</p> <p> • PDF, DjVu, and Comic Book Archive support<br /> • Turkish &amp; Bulgarian translations<br /> • Many, many bug fixes</p> <p>In addition, the following new features are available for devices running iPhoneOS 3.2 and higher (currently, iPhone OS 3.2 is only available for the iPad):</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-3-now-available-with-ipad-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-3-now-available-with-ipad-support#comments iPad iphone Stanza Fri, 04 Jun 2010 02:36:15 +0000 marc 2281 at http://www.lexcycle.com Experimental Picture Book Capability Now Available in Stanza 2.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch http://www.lexcycle.com/content/picture_book_mode <p>In Stanza 2.1, we released a new experimental feature for Picture Books, and I just realized that we never actually communicated about this feature to anyone. Please note that this is only available for Stanza iPhone and iPod Touch, and not Stanza Desktop. </p> <p>The key point to realize is that when Stanza is told that something is a picture book, it will ignore almost all other tags. So this feature only works with image only books.</p> <p>To turn an ePub into a picture book, add the following element to the metadata section of the content.opf file:</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/picture_book_mode" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/picture_book_mode#comments iphone ipod touch picture book Stanza Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:05:04 +0000 neelan 2091 at http://www.lexcycle.com Restoring Stanza books from iTunes backup http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-book-restore-tool <p> One shortcoming of Stanza iPhone is that there is currently no good way to get books off of the device once they are on there. This is especially a problem when something goes wrong with the Apple update process when installing a new version of Stanza; if the update process goes awry, a user's entire library can get wiped out. This has been known to happen with especially large libraries. </p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-book-restore-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-book-restore-tool#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:53:44 +0000 support 1790 at http://www.lexcycle.com 6 More Books Now Available in the Random House Free Catalog on Stanza iPhone http://www.lexcycle.com/content/6_Free_Random_House_Books <p>The 6 books available for free in the Random House Catalog on Stanza iPhone/iPod Touch include:</p> <ul> <li>Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur</li> <li>Changelings by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough</li> <li>Perdido Street Station by China Mieville</li> <li>Templar Legacy by Steve Berry</li> <li>Starfist: First to Fight by David Sherman and Dan Cragg</li> <li>Demon Awakens by R. A. Salvatore</li> </ul> <p>Random House and Lexcycle hope you enjoy these books and authors. These books are only available for a limited time so get them while you can.</p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/6_Free_Random_House_Books#comments Free Random House Wed, 07 Oct 2009 23:27:41 +0000 neelan 1622 at http://www.lexcycle.com How to Read Right to Left Languages in Stanza iPhone http://www.lexcycle.com/content/right_to_left_language_support <p>There are handful of languages out there where the text is written right-to-left (RTL) where the writing starts on the right side of the page and finishes on the left. Stanza iPhone / iPod Touch doesn't officially support RTL as we haven't done enough testing on it but we are starting to get reports of Stanza working quite well with RTL languages e.g., Hebrew and Arabic. </p> <p>I wanted to communicate some of the common book settings used by our RTL language readers:<br /> Layout - Alignment = Right<br /> Controls - Left Screen Tap = Next Page<br /> Controls - Right Screen Tap = Previous Page</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/right_to_left_language_support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/right_to_left_language_support#comments Arabic Hebrew Persian Right to Left Languages RTL Languages Stanza Thu, 24 Sep 2009 22:36:28 +0000 neelan 1596 at http://www.lexcycle.com Stanza has been selected by O'Reilly Media as a Best iPhone App http://www.lexcycle.com/content/oreilly_best_iphone_app <p><a href="http://iphoneapps.oreilly.com/2009/06/stanza.html"><img style="border: none;" src="http://cdn.oreilly.com/iphoneapps/best-iphone-app-badge.jpg" alt="O'Reilly Best iPhone App" /></a></p> <p>Stanza has been selected by O'Reilly Media as a <a href="http://iphoneapps.oreilly.com/2009/06/stanza.html" target="_blank">Best iPhone App</a>, and is featured in O'Reilly’s upcoming book, <i>Best iPhone Apps: A Guide for Discriminating Downloaders</i>, due to release in July, 2009.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/oreilly_best_iphone_app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/oreilly_best_iphone_app#comments award Best iPhone App O'Reilly Stanza Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:17:10 +0000 neelan 1411 at http://www.lexcycle.com Wil Anderson's eBook Available for Free for Stanza iPhone / iPod Touch Users in Australia and NZ http://www.lexcycle.com/content/random_house_australia_wil_anderson_promo <p><a href="http://www.wilanderson.com.au/" target="_blank"><br /> <img src="http://www.randomhouse.com.au/system%20pictures/9781741664973.jpg" alt="Wil Anderson" title="Wil Anderson" /><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/random_house_australia_wil_anderson_promo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/random_house_australia_wil_anderson_promo#comments Australia Free eBook New Zealand Random House Australia Survival of the Dumbest Wil Anderson Thu, 02 Jul 2009 06:32:55 +0000 neelan 1371 at http://www.lexcycle.com Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com! http://www.lexcycle.com/lexcycle_acquired_by_amazon <p>We are very excited to announce that Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!</p> <p>It has been an amazing experience to see Stanza grow out of our brainstormed ideas into one of the most downloaded iPhone applications. Throughout this period we have attempted to listen to and innovate for our customers to provide a great ebook reading experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/lexcycle_acquired_by_amazon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 20:00:08 +0000 marc 1162 at http://www.lexcycle.com 24 Hours Only - Free Download of Orange Prize Shortlist Book for UK Stanza Users http://www.lexcycle.com/content/bloomsbury <p>Following her Orange Prize shortlisting, Bloomsbury Publishing is making Kamila Shamsie’s <i>Burnt Shadows</i> available as a FREE download (UK only) for 24 hours from 12 noon, Wednesday 22nd April via Stanza iPhone and iPod Touch users. UK iPhone and iPod Touch users can download Stanza at the iTunes App Store or from <a href="http://getstanza.lexcycle.com/" title="http://getstanza.lexcycle.com/">http://getstanza.lexcycle.com/</a>. </p> <p>To download <i>Burnt Shadows</i> simply open the Online Catalog from Stanza and tap the first item in the catalog. Hurry as this free giveaway ends at noon on April 23rd.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/bloomsbury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bloomsbury Burnt Shadows Kamila Shamsie Wed, 22 Apr 2009 12:06:43 +0000 neelan 1132 at http://www.lexcycle.com Lexcycle at London Book Fair http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009lbf <p>Lexcycle will be at the London Book Fair in Stand Y612 in the Digital Zone. Stop by and say hello or attend one of the 3 sessions where COO Neelan Choksi will be speaking:</p> <ul> <li>19 April - 13:00 - 18:00 - Earls Court One, Level 1, Cromwell Room -<br /> Digital Conference: <a href="http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Seminars/SeminarID=12/goSection=12" target="_blank">Strategies for Digital Publishing</a></li> <li>20 April - 17:00 - 18:00 - Thames Room -<br /> Digital Publishing and the EPUB Standard</li> <li>21 April - 12:15 - 12:45 - Digital Zone Theater -<br /> </li></ul><p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009lbf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009lbf#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2009 20:45:44 +0000 neelan 1109 at http://www.lexcycle.com Circle of Seven Book Trailers Now Available via Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/cos_book_trailers <p>We recently <a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/press/cos_book_trailers">announced a relationship with Circle of Seven Productions</a> where we are making Book Trailers available via Stanza. We are very excited about making Book Trailers available via Stanza because it highlights the advantages of the iPhone as a platform for discovery of new books and as a great environment for reading books. Can you imagine watching a Book Trailer on a monochrome screen?</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/cos_book_trailers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/cos_book_trailers#comments Book Trailers Circle of Seven Productions Fri, 20 Mar 2009 17:44:40 +0000 neelan 972 at http://www.lexcycle.com Read an E-book Week Results http://www.lexcycle.com/content/read_an_e-book_week_2009_results <p>Thank you to all who supported <a href="http://ebookweek.com" target="_blank">Read an E-Book Week</a> (March 8 - 14). Over 33,000 different Stanza users visited the Read an E-Book Week catalog nearly 45,000 times. Those who visited the catalog had access to 32 new e-books for free for the week in addition to the more than 50,000 free e-books that are always available on Stanza.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/read_an_e-book_week_2009_results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/read_an_e-book_week_2009_results#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2009 20:44:23 +0000 neelan 966 at http://www.lexcycle.com Hunted, Book 5 of the House of Night Series, Available on the App Store Tonight After Midnight http://www.lexcycle.com/content/hunted_app <p>Update: Hunted is now available... <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306339741&amp;mt=8" title="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306339741&amp;mt=8">http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306339...</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/hunted_app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/hunted_app#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2009 03:28:04 +0000 neelan 934 at http://www.lexcycle.com Lexcycle Sponsors Read an E-Book Week http://www.lexcycle.com/content/read_an_e-book_week Lexcycle, the company behind the award-winning Stanza electronic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch, has announced its support of the <a href="http://www.ebookweek.com/" target="_blank">Read an E-Book Week</a> (March 8 - 14th). As part of the week-long celebration that is sponsored by such e-book notables as E Ink Corporation, Sony, IDPF, Random House, Cory Doctorow, and Warren Adler, Lexcycle has created a catalog to highlight a bunch of the sponsors. Books in the Stanza Read an E-Book Week catalog include: <ul> <li>Smashwords</li> <li>All Romance eBooks</li> <li>M.D.<p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/read_an_e-book_week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> free e-books RAEW Read an E-Book Week Sun, 08 Mar 2009 09:24:23 +0000 neelan 919 at http://www.lexcycle.com Celebrate Harlequin's 60th Anniversary with 16 Free Books on Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/60th_anniversary_harlequin <p><a href="http://www.harlequincelebrates.com/"><br /> <img src="http://users.lexcycle.com/~neelan/images/60th_Logo_red_sm.jpg" alt="Harlequin 60th Anniversary" width="150" title="Harlequin 60th Anniversary" /><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/60th_anniversary_harlequin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/60th_anniversary_harlequin#comments Harlequin Fri, 30 Jan 2009 06:05:45 +0000 neelan 791 at http://www.lexcycle.com Marc and Neelan to Speak at O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009_toc <p><a href="http://www.toccon.com/"><br /> <img src="http://assets.en.oreilly.com/1/event/19/toc2009_banner_speaking_210x60.jpg" width="210" height="60" border="0" alt="O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2009" title="O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2009" /><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009_toc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/2009_toc#comments O'Reilly TOC Tools of Change Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:12:19 +0000 neelan 759 at http://www.lexcycle.com Humbled and Honored by Being Named the 2008 Best Free Application http://www.lexcycle.com/content/best_free_app <p>We are absolutely humbled and honored to have been named the <a href="http://bestappever.com/awards/2008/fapp" target="_blank">2008 Best Free or Ad Supported App</a> in the 2008 Best App Ever Awards. 148apps.com is the company that put the awards together. What makes us so proud is that the nominations came from the public and then the voting was done by the public - this was not some committee deciding the winner but actually votes from the iPhone community.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/best_free_app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/best_free_app#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2009 05:45:49 +0000 neelan 727 at http://www.lexcycle.com Reviews from GoodReads Now Available http://www.lexcycle.com/content/goodreads_reviews We just added reviews from <a href="http://www.goodreads.com">GoodReads</a> to a number of Stanza catalogs including the Fictionwise Book Store, Project Gutenberg and Munseys on Stanza iPhone / iPod Touch to help users evaluate whether or not to purchase / download a particular book or not. You can get to the reviews by following these instructions: <ul> <li>From the initial screen which is titled "Library", please tap "Online Catalog"</li> <li>The title of this next screen should be "Online Catalog".<p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/goodreads_reviews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/goodreads_reviews#comments Fictionwise GoodReads reviews Mon, 05 Jan 2009 06:55:22 +0000 neelan 716 at http://www.lexcycle.com Austin American Statesman Best Books of 2008 http://www.lexcycle.com/content/statesman_2008_top_books <p>I am a very big believer in being honest and open even if at times the truth hurts as honest assessment is really the only way to improve our product and our company.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/statesman_2008_top_books" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/statesman_2008_top_books#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2009 05:27:53 +0000 neelan 712 at http://www.lexcycle.com Access Manybooks from Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/manybooks_add_catalog <p>I've seen numerous posts indicating that Stanza can't read books from Manybooks.net. I am writing this blog for two reasons:</p> <ol> <li>To show users that there is a relatively easy route to get to the free eBooks at Manybooks from Stanza iPhone / iPod Touch</li> <li>To highlight the "Add Web Page" feature in Stanza's Online Catalog</li> </ol> <p>To access the Manybooks site via Stanza iPhone:</p> <ul> <li>Launch Stanza and from the Library screen, tap on the "Online Catalog"</li> <li>From the Online Catalog, hit the "+" icon at the bottom right of the screen</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/manybooks_add_catalog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/manybooks_add_catalog#comments manybooks Sat, 03 Jan 2009 04:52:04 +0000 neelan 706 at http://www.lexcycle.com Save Some Money - Don't Buy Free Things http://www.lexcycle.com/content/save_some_money <p>I've been struggling with whether or not I should write this blog because I know it is going to come across as self-serving. I think in other economic times, I would have left this alone, but I've heard so many horror stories this holiday season with layoffs, forced vacations, time off without pay, adult kids moving back in with their parents, etc., that I feel this was needed, self-serving or not. </p> <p>I want to encourage folks to stop spending their hard earned money on books that they can get for free on Stanza or at Project Gutenberg or other places.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/save_some_money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/save_some_money#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2008 22:07:28 +0000 neelan 674 at http://www.lexcycle.com Pogue's iPhone Missing Manual Standalone iPhone App Built on Lexcycle's Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/iphone_missing_manual_app <p>Today, O'Reilly Media <a href="http://toc.oreilly.com/2008/12/oreilly-ebooks-130-top-titles-plus-iphone-app-and-head-first-pdfs.html" target="_blank">announced the availability</a> of <a href="http://www.davidpogue.com/bio_photos/index.html" target="_blank">David Pogue</a>'s <a href="http://missingmanuals.com/iphone_app" target="_blank">iPhone: The Missing Manual</a> as a standalone application. The iPhone: The Missing Manual App is available from the App Store or iTunes at an introductory promotional rate of $4.99 (the list price for the app is $9.99. </p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/iphone_missing_manual_app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> App Store iphone iPhone Missing Manual Lexcycle private label Stanza Fri, 19 Dec 2008 13:00:00 +0000 neelan 643 at http://www.lexcycle.com Harlequin Offers Free Love Stories for your Holiday iPhone / iPod Touch http://www.lexcycle.com/content/free-harlequin-minis <p>For all of you romance fans out there, you can now try out reading on your iPhone or iPod Touch via Stanza. And best of all, its for free. We've teamed up with Harlequin to roll out a holiday promotion today to give away four short romance novels as a holiday gift to romance readers to read on their iPhones via Stanza. </p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/free-harlequin-minis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Harlequin holidays iphone ipod touch Lexcycle Romance Stanza Thu, 18 Dec 2008 22:16:33 +0000 neelan 640 at http://www.lexcycle.com Free Books on Stanza that Have Been Converted to Movies http://www.lexcycle.com/content/movie-books <p>With all of the advertising that has been done for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" movie, I decided to do a quick search to see if Stanza had the F. Scott Fitzgerald book available. Guess what, it does - in the Feedbooks catalog and for free nonetheless! So I decided to put together a blog that I'll probably never actually finish listing books that have been converted to movies at some point:</p> <p>The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421715/" target="_blank">2008</a>) by F. Scott Fitzgerald</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/movie-books" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/movie-books#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:09:36 +0000 neelan 637 at http://www.lexcycle.com 9 of the NY Times 10 Best Books of 2008 Now Available on Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/nytimes-top-10-2008-on-stanza <p>I've been traveling so much that my blogging and tweeting really hasn't been particularly consistent or as timely as I would have liked. Oh well, I guess better late than never. Last week, the NY Times published their article "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/books/review/10Best-t.html?ref=arts" target="_blank">The Ten Best Books of 2008</a>" which is a list of selected titles from "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/books/review/100Notable-t.html" target="_blank">100 Notable Books of 2008</a>".</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/nytimes-top-10-2008-on-stanza" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/nytimes-top-10-2008-on-stanza#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2008 07:38:19 +0000 neelan 601 at http://www.lexcycle.com Detailed Instructions for Purchasing and Bringing Pan Macmillan Titles Into Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/pan-mac <p>We are real excited to announce that a number of Pan Macmillan titles are now available as a free excerpt through Stanza's Online Catalog and those books are available for purchase from the Pan Macmillan website. I've included detailed instructions below for those of you who are interested:</p> <ul> <li>From Stanza's Online Catalog, choose "Pan Macmillan Tasters".</li> <li>Pick the excerpts that you want to download.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/pan-mac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 26 Nov 2008 06:52:23 +0000 neelan 536 at http://www.lexcycle.com BooksOnBoard to Bring Samhain Publishing Titles to Stanza http://www.lexcycle.com/content/bob-samhain <p>I know this is old news since the <a href="/press/books_on_board_samhain">press release</a> went out last week and there have been lots of <a href="http://technorati.com/search/samhain+stanza?authority=a4&amp;language=en" target="_blank">blogs</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ned=us&amp;q=booksonboard+stanza+samhain" target="_blank">news</a> about this announcement already. I was in NY all week (crazy schedule that kept me going from 8am to midnight every day). Hopefully what I lost in timeliness, I will make up for in interesting content.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/bob-samhain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/bob-samhain#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2008 07:14:37 +0000 neelan 526 at http://www.lexcycle.com EPUB Validity Checker http://www.lexcycle.com/content/epub-validity-checker <p>The ePUB standard is an open format for electronic books from the <a href="http://idpf.org/" target="_blank">International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)</a>. Stanza for iPhone and iPod Touch supports ePUB files natively, and Lexcycle is one of the member companies of the IDPF. ePUB is currently the only format of books that Stanza iPhone can read. Stanza Desktop also supports ePUB <a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/supported-formats">among about a dozen other formats</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/epub-validity-checker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/epub-validity-checker#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:31:35 +0000 neelan 493 at http://www.lexcycle.com Reminder of Why We Do What We Do http://www.lexcycle.com/content/reminder-why-we-do-what-we-do <p>Today, I had a reminder of why we do what we do here at Lexcycle. No, I am not referring to our mention in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/technology/personaltech/13askk-003.html?_r=1&amp;ref=personaltech&amp;oref=slogin" target="_blank">NY Times</a> though making the print edition of the Times is always cool. I am not even referring to our <a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/press/half_million_users">press release</a> announcing that we've passed half a million users.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lexcycle.com/content/reminder-why-we-do-what-we-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lexcycle.com/content/reminder-why-we-do-what-we-do#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2008 03:48:49 +0000 neelan 488 at http://www.lexcycle.com