eBooks have received a big boost from iTunes. iTunes now allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to purchase and download eBooks directly to their iPhones. According to Teddy Pig, users can purchase books directly from iTunes and add the book to the iPhone using the “Apps” tab in iTunes.
Each book then appears in the iPhone as its own app. With the increasing number of iPhone users, this could be a huge boost for eBooks. No word yet on which publishers are appearing in the iTunes eBook store (THAT IS A LOT OF VOWELS YO) since all the books currently available are public domain. Teddy mentioned he’d just purchased a Frank Baum book and was reading it on his phone today. From the menu of available books, it seems most, if not all, are public domain, like Ulysses, On The Origin of the Species (great subway reading, that one), and Pride and Prejudice. Some are free, some are .99 cents, and some are a big fat $1.99.
Publisher iPulp Fiction has a iTunes library that they are advertising on their own site, but I don’t see any word as to which romance novel publishers will make it easier for Lazy Sarah to Download Books. If romance novels appear on the Apps menu, the iPhone and the Kindle might have a rumble in my handbag for literary dominance. Harlequin, I hope, will jump on this one like damn because it would be freaking awesome if I could drop a category on my iPhone before heading out the door.
As far as eye comfort goes, the iPhone is not bad at all. I’ve read books on the iPhone on BookShelf and the scrolling is a bit more responsive, at least in BookShelf, than the turn-the-page flicker on eBooks readers like the Kindle and the Sony Reader. But either way, eBooks on the iPhone?
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Thanks to Teddy Pig for the heads up.