About a month back I posted about a reading app that the American Bookseller’s Association were planning to launch this fall. Last week the ABA released a few more details on the app.
It’s going to be called the IndieBound Reader, and like I reported before, it will be tied to theprogram. This program was launched by the ABA in December 2010 as a way for the independent bookstore to sell ebooks. It enables the indie booksellers to act as storefronts for the Google eBookstore and sell ebooks from their own site. (Ebooks are also supplied by Ingram Digital, but most of the attention goes to Google eBooks.)
There’s going to be Android and iOS versions of the IndieBound Reader, and both will be made by Bluefire. It’s going to be a little different from the other reading apps made by Bluefire. Each IndieBound Reader app will be tied to a Google account, not an Adobe ID. This is intended to work better with reader’s existing collection of Google ebooks bought through theprogram.
But it will also share some details with the other Bluefire apps; the IOS app lacks an ebookstore (thanks to Apple) and the Android app will have the ebookstore in-app and it will be tied to thepartners. Both apps should be out in the next 60 days.
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