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Smartphones, Authors' Guild challenge Kindle 2

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Just days after the big announcement of Amazon's revised Kindle e-book reader, two notable bumps on the path to mass adoption have formed like frost heaves on a Maine road.

Why buy a Kindle when a smartphone will do?

First came word of an upcoming program that will bring e-books to smartphones everywhere – iPhone, Blackberry, and Android included. Called Shortcovers, the app from Canadian bookseller Indigo Books & Music (the largest of its kind in the great white north) is different from similar software-based e-book readers because of its parent's relationship publishers. PC World explains:

While smartphone-based e-book readers have been available in places like Apple's App Store for a while, it's Shortcovers' close ties to the publishing industry that set it apart from the pack. Because of the company's connections with major publishers, it's been able to secure the rights to brand new books that are often tough (if not impossible) to find on other services.

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