Mobile books, or m-books, have picked up some momentum in several foreign locales, including Australia, the UK, Japan and Germany, but Harlequin’s endeavor marks the first mainstream-market book-push in the United States.
While I can’t imagine curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and my cell phone, I have to admit that reading a chapter of a novel on a tiny screen was less annoying than I anticipated. I can imagine downloading a novel on the train or in a waiting room, where I hate to be caught without a book. (Though reading a few paragraphs is certainly different than reading a novel—can you imagine reading a book like “Anna Karenina” or “The Fountainhead” on a tiny screen?!)
Who knows, maybe you’ll soon be able to read Book Business on your cell phones. Or maybe we’ll host an online talk show interviewing publishers. Actually, that’s not a bad idea … stay tuned.