Lumia users who wish to do away with their hardcover and paperback copies can have a look at the new Nokia Reading service, the rolling out of which began only yesterday. The Finnish giant claims this product will make reading on-the-go convenient as well as visually attractive and has stated that it will initially launch in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK, before heading into other territories.
This service will be available to access via the Nokia Lumia 900, 800, 710 and the 610 models. And for those wondering how eBooks will be displayed on the comparatively smaller screens of the smartphones, Nokia has affirmed that with the Lumia series’ ClearBlack Display and Microsoft’s ClearType technology, reading eBooks on Lumias should be a breeze. The Nokia Reading portfolio currently kicks in a range of local titles as well as English classics. And adding to that, thousands of international classics are said to be available for free.
“Further additions to Nokia Reading are already in the pipeline, and will appear as free updates through Marketplace. These include provision for audio books and, perhaps of most interest, News Stream. News Stream will offer a virtual news magazine, making subscribing to and enjoying local and international RSS feeds simpler and more beautiful than ever before. More ways to personalize and customize your reading experience are also in the works,” Ian Delaney of the Nokia Conversations blog, disclosed.
The app and service organizes books into lists such as Top eBooks and New Releases, and it even categorizes them into genres for easy searching. A night mode enables users to read in dark conditions without bothering the eye, as it turns white pages into black and black words into white. Further customization options include the ability to resize the font so that readers can change it as they wish.
Lumia owners present in any of the launch countries we’ve listed above can download Nokia Reading by entering the Nokia Collection section of the Marketplace.