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Dear Author’s iPhone Bookshelf Is Available

book review Over the weekend, over 1 million iPhones were sold and lines are still forming outside Apple stores to obtain the latest innovation from Apple. The software update allowed for the existing half million phones to add third party applications. Since Friday, over 10 million applications have been downloaded from the AppStore. 8% of the Applications are ebook related.

Scoff if you must, but the iPhone might be the next publishing frontier. With the help of JS Wolf and the iPhone Bookshelf developer, Zac Bedell, I have created an iPhone Bookshelf available for any iPhone/iTouch user who has purchased the Bookshelf app. The fiction on the Dear Author Bookshelf is free fiction from various authors.


I’d like to host the free fiction of any romance author along with extended excerpts of works for those who don’t have free fiction. If you have an iPhone or iTouch with the new 2.0 software and have purchased Bookshelf, clicking this link will add the Dear Author Bookshelf to your choices on the iPhone.


If you are interested in contributing fiction to the Dear Author bookshelf, email jane at!

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. heather (errantdreams)
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:27:35

    I need a new cell phone (seriously, most cell phones are not designed to last 4 years, and that’s how long I’ve had mine—it’s dying now) and would love an iPhone; I’m just waiting to hear the various reports of what people think of this version. I heard poor things about the durability of the first one.

    The bookshelf app looks great; if I end up getting an iPhone I’ll have to come back for it!

  2. Kirsten
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:36:55


    I have a first gen iphone and it is durable. I hate talking on the phone so I have tons of rollover minutes, but I love it for its email, ipod, movie screen, web surfing capabilities. With the upgraded software and third party apps, it is the perfect device. If you are already signed up with ATT, you know what to expect in terms of service and coverage.

  3. Keishon
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:43:44

    I heard poor things about the durability of the first one.

    Really? Interesting. I’ve dropped mine several times and it still works like a charm.

  4. Bonnie
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:56:35

    Yeah, I think my iPhone’s pretty durable and I love it. I just wouldn’t want it for reading books. Too small and I’m blind to begin with.

  5. Christine
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 11:01:10

    Thanks for these reviews, Jane and for establishing the Dear Author bookshelf. My husband is still trying to buy the new 3G iPhone (Well… half-heartedly trying, anyway. He keeps stopping by, but doesn’t stand on line.) When he does, I get his hand me down iPhone 2G first gen–Yay! I’m very much interested in using it as a reader and jumping on board with the Bookshelf App.

  6. heather (errantdreams)
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 11:19:21

    Thanks so much for the reassurances about the durability. Now I just have to wait for the demand to slow down a little—I hate standing on line for things!

  7. Angela James
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:14:08

    You have no idea how many times I’ve dropped my phone. I do have it in a case, though, so that helps some.

    Also, I think the iPhone has been given new life with the Apps store. I don’t miss too many of my jailbroken features that I gave up to upgrade to the new firmware. I love the new Apps.

    Now I wonder if I need the new model or if the old one is good enough. What do you think, Jane?

  8. Jane
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:21:09

    I’ve dropped my phone more than once as well. I don’t think that there is any difference for most things between the new phone and the old phone. Some people actually don’t like the new phone because of it’s plastic back. I did upgrade to the 16 GB device and am happy about that. I was also fortunate to sell my old phone for good value.

  9. SonomaLass
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 13:00:31

    My kids just bought me a new BlackBerry — sweet of them, and I didn’t have the heart to say “why not an iPhone?” My 15-year-old has the Touch iPod, though, so I’ll see if I can get him to at least show me what I’m missing with your Bookshelf. Once he’s home from summer visitation, that is (missing the kid).

  10. DS
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 08:42:03

    The only person I have reliably heard of who went through more than one iphone (1st gen) dropped his last one in the toilet. I use mine more than I’ve used any other wireless phone I’ve had because of the big clear interface and the software keyboard. Of course that means that I mainly use it to check the weather, find locations, get Borders coupons, and watch videos. I really have no reason to upgrade right now because I’m not using my current one to its full potential.

  11. KCfla
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 09:05:21

    I too have dropped my phone, with no damage. They look more delicate than they actually are. One of my husband’s co-workers actually dropped his down a flight of steps, and it still works just fine.

    And after several tries ( darn Bonjour crap with Windows lol!) I now have DA’s bookshelf on my phone.

    Thank you Jane :)

  12. Kitty
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 17:10:28

    I downloaded Bookshelf, but now I can’t access the iphonebookshelf website to get started. =/

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