Nokia Launches Reading App in Europe

Nokia Launches Reading App in Europe e-Reading Software eBookstore

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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. Peter11 May, 2012

    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.

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  2. marduk24 May, 2012

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

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