Stanza Ebook Reader For iPhone More Popular Than Kindle, To Get 40,000 More Books [Edited]

Amazon’s dedicated ebook reader, the Kindle, made headlines when it launched, but it’s already been outdone by none other than an iPhone application. Stanza, a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch, lets you download nothing but free public-domain literature. At this time, it is believed to have been downloaded more than 395,000 times.

In contrast, the Kindle has been available for several more months than the iPhone app, but Citigroup predicts that they will have sold only 380,000 units by 2009.

In related news, ebook seller Fictionwise has annoucned that they are creating an online ebook store for Stanza users that will give them access to 40,000 new paid publications.

Lexcycle COO Neelan Choksi:

“Just in time for the holidays, Stanza readers are going to be able to find their favorite authors like Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts. This relationship with Fictionwise is a big step forward in our ongoing effort to expand the selection of works available to our large and growing user base.”

Edit: The people over at Lexcycle were nice enough to contact us to clarify some inaccuracies on the above information. They say they’ve actually sold roughly 575,000 copies of Stanza. They also added that Amazon has reported as many as 400 Kindles sold.

[via TUAW, MacNN]

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