Shortcovers Beats Kindle to Mobile Books

Amazon had mentioned that they’re flirting with the idea of getting their library onto mobile devices other than their proprietary Kindle, but Canadian rival Indigo has already thrown their chips in with an app, Shortcovers, for Android, BlackBerry,  and iPhone. Thousands of free samples are readily available, ranging the gamut from books, blogs, poems, short stories and even fan fiction. The first chapter for retail books are free, then cost you $0.99 per chapter, or $10-$20 for the full book, with the option for getting the title shipped to you if you fancy reading the old-fashioned way. Lots of tools are available for publishers who are looking to get their content out digitally, as well. Take a look, and see if there’s something worth reading.

[via shortcovers]

  • StephanieInCA

    My biggest concern about the Kindle, aside from it’s weird, book-buring-esque name, is that it compromises the integrity of the written word. A printed book may be unwieldy, but you know that once it’s on your shelf, not one letter is going to change. Can’t say the same for the Kindle.

    Also, when I spill coffee all over a book, I’ve only ruined that particular book 🙂

  • Simon Sage

    Maybe it’s just because I’m a blogger, but I have no reason to believe the written word has any inherent sanctity or integrity whatsoever – I’d blame the internet for that sooner than Kindle. When I make a typo in a post, I relish being able to fix it right away, rather than a print situation where such a thing would at best tarnish my name, and at worst cost me my job.

    Your post about censoring banned books brings up more about governments than it does about enabling technologies. I’m sure if one particular book suffered that much persecution on the Amazon store, a PDF would find its way to the torrents quickly enough.

    And very true about the coffee. 🙂 The thing is just too expensive.

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