Nokia Launches Reading App in Europe

Even though we are long past the point where it makes any sense to do so, Nokia got into the branded reading app race today. It's called Nokia Reading, and it's going to enable you to read on your Nokia Lumia smartphone. Yay!

Sorry to be sarcastic, but we are long past the point where this was necessary or even a good idea. There are so many reading apps out there (even for Windows Phone) that developing a branded one is probably not worth the expense. One might argue that they could be the first serious entrant into some untouched markets but that isn't the case here.

But since they are launching an app, let me tell you a little about it. It's only going to be available in Europe, with the initial launch covering France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the UK.  You can use the app on 4 Lumia models (Lumia 900, 800, 710, and 610) and you should be able to download the app from Nokia's branded Marketplace.

The app includes all the basic features you'd expect, including multiple font sizes, night mode, and more. The announcement avoids mentioning ebooks availability or format support, but I would guess that this app and service is being supported by txtr. If I'm right (waiting on confirmation) then the ebookstore should have a decent selection.

Update: The ebooks are being provided by OverDrive, not txtr.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Nokia Launches Reading App in Europe

  1. Even more perplexing is the fact that the Finnish company is not rolling out Finnish/ Swedish coverage in the initial rollout.

    Otherwise, I could have explained this by saying some Nokia executives just got fed up with the sparcity of reading options on their own personal phones.

  2. The only one I might still need is Kindle for Symbian, which was never released…

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