Since 2004, Diesel Ebooks provided eReader, Mobipocket, MSReader, PDF, and Epub ebooks as a stand-alone retailer. The company also had an Android app for reading on such devices. Their advertising stated that they had a selection of 3 million titles, the largest of any independent e-bookstore.
The company filed an antitrust lawsuit on March 14 against Apple, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. Diesel claimed that price fixing had artificially restrained its ability to compete in the market.
This week, Diesel announced that they were shutting down and customers must download all files by the end of March.
Posted on their homepage was this good-bye note:
Diesel eBooks will be closing at the end of this month. It’s been a great ride! We’re exploring our options – eBooks are still in the infant years and there are many opportunities opening up now and in the future. We want to thank you for being such loyal customers. Understand this doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see Diesel in another form in the near future.
IMPORTANT: you must download your eBooks here by month end. Downloads will not be possible on April 1st.
The Team at Diesel eBooks
No word yet on how publishers with open accounts should proceed.
Along with the closure of the Sony Reader store earlier this year, the ebook marketplace continues to change rapidly in 2014.