It's a decent thing for B&N to do, and if the process had worked better, I would be ecstatic. But as it stands the transfer process was a failure. I'm missing the vast majority of the ebooks I bought at Fictionwise.
Over the past 6 years I have bought 422 titles at Fictionwise. Yes, that number is as startling for me as it is for some of my readers; I didn't realize it was quite so high.
Of those 422 ebooks, 329 were DRM-free, and here's how the DRMed titles broke out:
- 9 eReader
- 36 MSReader
- 11 Epub
There was also an unknown number of Mobipocket ebooks, but I cannot access those anymore anyway so let's leave them out.
Now, I would not expect B&N to transfer the MSReader ebooks, but I do think they should have managed the Epub, eReader, and DRM-free ebooks. That should save most of my investment and would be more than enough for B&N to come out ahead. It would have successfully tied me and most readers to the B&N store and given us a reason to keep shopping there.
I started the transfer process 3 hours ago and thirty new ebooks showed up almost immediately. But that was 3 hours ago; guess how many new ebooks I have in my Nook account now?
Not 130, not 230, not 300. Thirty.
B&N could only transfer about 9% of my Fictionwise account. That is so far short of acceptable that I do not know of an adjective to use to describe it. Useless would be a good possibility; Barnes & Noble has guaranteed that I am still going to have to do the work myself to rescue the ebooks I bought.
But I suppose I shouldn't curse them too much; I was expecting to have to rescue my ebooks myself anyway; this failed transfer merely confirmed it.
In any case, I'm posting this warning not to bash B&N but to make sure my readers know about this issue. Please do everyone a favor and pass it around.