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...