Monday, January 19, 2009

3 Mobile to Offer Books on the Go?

We were pleased to read from several sources that Mobile operator 3 is to offer its customers the chance to download over 1,000 ebooks and audio books direct to their mobile phone. The operator has a track record in trying new things and was offering Skype inclusive deals over two years ago.

The Books on the Go service, is reportedly already available to Vodafone customers and offers books for download from top publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins and is provided by former SAS soldier and writer Andy McNab’s GoSpoken.com. Authors available for download include Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, and Celcilia Ahern.

3 UK’s entire customer-base will be able to preview free extracts before either downloading the whole book for £5-10, or choosing to download the book in several parts at a cost of £1 to £3 each. Downloading an entire audio book is reported to only take "minutes" while eBooks will "be available to read in seconds".

The problem was that even as a 3 customer we couldn't the books or any refernce to them on any 3 site. If anyone at 3 knows about it please let’s us know as we would like to try it out, but can’t be bothered to keep searching for it.

2 comments:

simonmaddox said...

Hi Martyn,

I'm a developer at GoSpoken. You can find a link to books from the Three portal itself, right on your mobile.

Hope that helps!

Simon

Graeme Neill said...

Hi Martyn,

Full story is up here after I spoke to 3.

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/75038-3-offers-books-on-the-go.html