Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones

More electronic books are coming to mobile phones.

In a move that could bolster the growing popularity of e-books, Google said Thursday that the 1.5 million public domain books it had scanned and made available free on PCs were now accessible on mobile devices like the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1.

Also Thursday, Amazon said that it was working on making the titles for its popular e-book reader, the Kindle, available on a variety of mobile phones. The company, which is expected to unveil a new version of the Kindle next week, did not say when Kindle titles would be available on mobile phones.

Full story in the NYT


As if I have nothing better to do with my cell phone. Hell I don't even have the durn thang turned on!

If you don't turn it on why do you even have it?

She's not the only one. We own a prepaid, $60/year cell phone. We don't hand out the number. It's only for emergency calls. I'd bet there are millions more like us (well, in that regard).

There are plenty of people in this country that do have a cell phone and they do use it.

Phone plans are getting cheaper. I had a prepaid phone that was .10 minute to use and I had to buy $30 of minutes every 90 days.

I switched to Cricket and with taxes my bill is $44 a month. Unlimited local and long distance and unlimited Internet. I am very close to canceling my land line which is $30 per month and then having the unlimited cell phone will only be $14 more than the land line.

There's no contradiction between: a. Tens of millions of Americans use cell phones all the time and b. Millions of Americans have cell phones that they use strictly for emergency.

I don't recall anybody suggesting that nobody uses cell phones. Did I miss something?

Will they work on the welfare phones? Will there be some sort of government phone stamps so people can buy books for their phones.

Article at Fast Company

Google's Book Search has been a controversial background project for most of its four-year life, but its most recent move may see the scheme brought right into the limelight: Google Book Search is now available on the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. And that pitches its 1.5 million-book archive kinda directly against the Amazon Kindle e-reader.

At CNN Money

And more e-readers could hit the market soon. They were the talk of the Consumer Electronics Show last month, and during a recent visit with Fortune, Best Buy (BBY, Fortune 500) President Brian Dunn, who owns a Kindle and a Sony Reader, said that while traveling in Asia he learned of two other major companies planning e-reader launches.

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