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HarperCollins Offers Limited Ebook Content for iPhone

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HarperCollins is making iPhone compatible ebook content available. iPhone users can go to http://mobile.harpercollins.com and view the first 10 pages of chapters one and two of 14 books released in August and September. There will be a link to pre-order/order the book from a list of retailers.

Titles to be made available include:

Unfortunately, you cannot order the ebook version of the book and download it your iPhone for reading. Nor is the content actually optimized for the iPhone. I picked Obama’s book and the first three pages consisted of his picture (the cover), a dark background of the flyleaf of his book that was virtually unreadable because of the tiny text size, and the title. The pages of the book appeared to be scanned-in and not digitized. The pages do not respond to the double tap feature which allows a user to double tap a column of text and have that column of text be resized to fit the screen. There were significant margins on either side and the text did not reflow to the screen (i.e., when I pinch expanded the screen to increase the font, the text did not re-order to fit the screen. It merely got larger so I had to scroll from side to side to read the sentence.)

This is a neat idea, but it’s very poorly executed. I don’t find it useable at all.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

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