Bestselling Books Come to the iPhone

App allows users to download titles like Twilight directly
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2008 7:22 PM CST
Bestselling Books Come to the iPhone chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos holds the Kindle at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, May 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Bestselling titles like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass can be downloaded directly to iPhones for the first time, Wired reports. ScrollMotion, a New York app developer, has struck a deal to download e-books from Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, and other major publishers. Other iPhone e-book apps exist, but only for out-of-copyright titles or without direct downloads.

ScrollMotion offers other perks: It keeps books' original pagination, and allows users to make notes and search through text. The app will likely make iTunes a viable e-bookshop and enable iPhones to compete with other e-book readers, such as Kindle and the Sony E-Reader. (More iPhone stories.)

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