Monday, February 16, 2009

E-books for Handhelds

Google Books unveiled what could be the largest collection of digital books formatted for cellphones. The company took 1.5 million of the books it has scanned through its partnership with several major college libraries and prepped them for the small screen of iPhones or phones using Google’s Android operating system. They are free public domain books, including everything by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

A Canadian company will be launching a new service called Shortcovers, which will enable consumers to read books on iPhones, BlackBerrys, Microsoft Mobile handsets, and Android smartphones. They will offer a wide variety of printed matter according to a company statement: "Discover thousands of books, chapters, news and magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and more, anywhere, anytime online and on your mobile device."

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