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3 Brings Books to Your Mobile

Gordon Kelly


3 Brings Books to Your Mobile

eBooks have taught us that literature and technology are not as diametrically opposed as once believed and now 3 has chosen to show a little love to our best art form... (I would say that).

The progressive telco has announced ‘Books on the Go', a service which will bring novels, biographies and more directly OTA to users' handsets. Both eBooks and audio books will be available and thanks to deals with the likes of HarperCollins and Penguin, 3 will be adding over 100 new titles each month.

The whole system is being developed in conjunction with GoSpoken.com - Andy McNab's online literary resource - and 3 will offer its whole customer base (no matter whether they are on monthly contracts or PAYG) free previews of all content. Pricing is rather clever with complete books costing between £5 and £10 with the option to also buy them in chunks at £1 to £3 in case you're reading Andy McNab/decide you don't like it 50 pages in.

Based in the network's ‘Planet 3' portal Books on the Go launches immediately and while I'm not entirely convinced your eyes will benefit from reading off a budget Nokia (even the iPhone's 3.5in LCD seems a bit small) as a painfully elitist book snob (two literature degrees make me a complete pain in the backside) anything that gets people reading more is good in my book...





January 16, 2009, 8:08 pm

So sorry about this...

May I suggest your 'elitist book snob' (with qualifications) might find out how to use the apostrophe. (degree's)

I enjoy reading your site almost every day. Cheers.


January 16, 2009, 8:38 pm

@sengstaken may I suggest that producing around 1,000 stories per year can lead to the odd mistake? :P

Looking at your 3 lines: "May I suggest your 'elitist book snob' (with qualifications) might find out how to use the apostrophe." should have a question mark, not a full stop ;)


January 16, 2009, 9:39 pm

or alternatively go to your local library - borrow a cd audio book - rip it to your mobile mp3 player and listen. (&#1631.50 a go at my library)


January 16, 2009, 9:39 pm

It doesn't need an apostrophe?


January 16, 2009, 10:01 pm


You do know that's totally illegal, right?


January 16, 2009, 10:45 pm

Why would degrees need an apostrophe? It's just just plural of degree.

I sometime read PDF books on my diamond and while its convenient its not exactly enjoyable. A friend of mine just got the Sony ebook reader and that is lush.


January 17, 2009, 6:39 am

&#16310 for an audiobook? are they having a laugh?


January 17, 2009, 2:18 pm

Exactly, Ravmania - I think the same thing


January 17, 2009, 2:19 pm

(First paragraph, that is)

I've never tried using PDFs as books - I prefer the real thing


January 17, 2009, 9:10 pm


That's what I (implicitly) meant by convenient but not enjoyable.


January 19, 2009, 10:10 pm

Having said that the display on the Sony is very good - near-perfect for its purpose. Not sure I could ever get used to reading books from a phone screen though (especially not my current phone screen). All things considered, I think I'll continue packing a carry-on with books when travelling. They just feel better somehow.

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