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Old 06-17-2010, 06:19 PM   #31
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I think someone from B&N must be watching this forum to glean what is still making FW customers happy... and then killing it.
In that case I *love* the super ridiculous high-pricing with no more micropay rebates. Why charge $25 for a book that amazon sells for $9.99? You should charge $40!

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Old 06-17-2010, 06:53 PM   #32
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #33
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I bet this is related to BN opening up with Pubit, their new version of Amazons.DTP. Since Pubit is about to launch, the closing of Fictionwise is very coincidental...
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:09 PM   #34
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Does anyone else read that stupid name as "Pube It" or is it just me?

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Old 06-17-2010, 10:26 PM   #35
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I bet this is related to BN opening up with Pubit, their new version of Amazons.DTP. Since Pubit is about to launch, the closing of Fictionwise is very coincidental...
You could be right, although FW's Multiformat services are a lot different than something like DTP or PubIt.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #36
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Gee, a big corporation killing off a successful small one? Yeah, like that's never happened before. *rolls eyes* Well, bye, bye fictionwise. It was nice knowing you. Heck, maybe if the guys at Fictionwise are smart, they'll all jump ship and start their own competing service. I've seen plenty of others do that before. And besides, if B&N did buy them and is trying to forcefully sink the ship, then I think they need to switch ships and torpedo their former one.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:52 AM   #37
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Does anyone else read that stupid name as "Pube It" or is it just me.

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The Wall Street Journal ran an article a couple of months ago about how entities that are acquired by BN seen to disapear shortly thereafter.
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Capid: I agree with you, the name "Pubit" is very lame.
Advocate: I think you are on the right track. When my publisher for textbooks was bought out, that meant they were killing competition and many book titles were axed. Happens all the time in tech and books.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:54 AM   #40
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The Wall Street Journal ran an article a couple of months ago about how entities that are acquired by BN seen to disapear shortly thereafter.
Yeah, in the tech world we had several names for that. The most recent, and the one that stuck the most was "doing a Microsoft". IE, Microsoft would see a small company that they felt was dangerous competition, and would promptly buy it up and kill it dead as a doornail. Seagate did that with Conner, and Intel has done that numerous times to other companies as well. It's like SOP in the corporate world. Don't compete. Just crush the competition into oblivion.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:45 AM   #41
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Well in an additional death knell FW just stopped offering magazine subscriptions. You can still buy individual issues but they are $3.99 or $3.39 with Buywise. I'm kind of peeved because I was just going to renew when I discovered this.
Good grief! This is ridiculous. I wonder if Dell Magazines will start to sell electronic subscriptions directly?

I still have a couple of years on my magazine subs, so hopefully something sensible will have been worked out by the time I need to renew.

Bad luck on your timing though.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:35 AM   #42
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I've got to spend this last 31 bucks in micropay quickly. Hopefully the Rex Stout books keep coming steadily until I can spend it all. I'm wondering how much longer FW will even be open.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:47 AM   #43
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Good grief! This is ridiculous. I wonder if Dell Magazines will start to sell electronic subscriptions directly?

I still have a couple of years on my magazine subs, so hopefully something sensible will have been worked out by the time I need to renew.

Bad luck on your timing though.
I still have over a year on each of mine. But I got the feeling I should possibly renew now. I clearly had the feeling a few days too late. :-P

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I still have over a year on each of mine. But I got the feeling I should possibly renew now. I clearly had the feeling a few days too late. :-P

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Or you got lucky. It's hard to say what will happen to your remaining issues if FW goes away. It's possible it would convert to a paper subscription.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:45 PM   #45
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This really makes no sense. Fictionwise's 6/15 eBook newsletter just contained ads for magazine subscriptions! What is wrong with them?!

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