ScrollMotion brings e-books to iPhone

ScrollMotion has signed contracts with major publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, Random House and the Penguin Group. These publishers will bring hundreds of titles directly to the iPhone for reading. The unreleased Iceberg technology will come packed with books for all types of readers, from youth to adult. Each book is expected to be a separate downloadable application, for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Iceberg, the online e-book reader by ScrollMotion could pose a threat to devices such as Kindle, the Amazon wireless reader, Sony's Reader Digital Book, and other portable reading devices. ScrollMotion is also known for Tribune Company, a digital newsprint for news, entertainment, sports and commuting. MTV, taking classic shows like Jackass and putting it into iPhone content, with many more applications featured on their homepage. Iceberg also brings a threat to other iPhone applications like Stanza and eReader, even with eReader carrying some books already on its application from the Penguin Group.

Iceberg plans to sign more publishers to their platform to bring in many other books directly to your iPhone. Users will enjoy the portability of the e-books, without the need to carry around another device, where they will be able to read books on the go, stored inside their pockets. No details on how much each book may cost.

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I've been using my iPhone as an ebook reader since I got it in Dec '07, before the App store. It was REALLY painful in the beginning with the only ebook reader available, Books. ruBooks vastly improved on this, but I finally settled on Stanza. I've been happy with Stanza as a reader, I just don't like its method for getting books to the iPhone as it is too clumsy. It really needs to be a simple drag and drop operation.

Ereader's app is quite nice. I read on it daily. Yea, the books are DRM'd but there is a good selection. I just don't understand why everyone is making it seem as if this Scrollmotion app is breaking any ground here. The ereader app is very easily read and I have OTA access to my library. Just a little flick of my thumb turns the page. It's been out for a few months now, too. In fact it was the final straw that allowed me to get my Touch to replace my aging IPaq Pocket PC.

Each book is expected to be a separate downloadable application

That would be horrible.

It'll clog the App Store and user's home screens. And it's not even good business sense. Why give Apple 10% of every book when they can just sell the eBook app, then make purchases through the app itself? (I think Stanza already does this.)

mattrobs said,
That would be horrible.

It'll clog the App Store and user's home screens. And it's not even good business sense. Why give Apple 10% of every book when they can just sell the eBook app, then make purchases through the app itself? (I think Stanza already does this.)


It will clutter the appstore, but they will have their own category, so it should make things a little easier. It will be very ugly if all the books are uploaded at once.

There are already a few eBook readers for the iPhone, they aren't that good though.

I'd love just one good eBook app, but something that uses a common format, PDF springs to mind, it's already well supported across these devices.

Decryptor, the eReader app from eReader.com is fine when it comes to reading eReader format books. I'll agree it doesn't work for free PDFs, or non-DRM things (curse them all!) but as apps go, I find it really good to read.

eReader also a serious contender against the Sony eReader - here in the UK, you buy the eReader, then pay for books that are the same price as paperbacks or hardbacks! What's the point in that? I want an ereader to buy cheaper books!

eReader and 'sole ebook units' have the edge in more readable screens that aren't as tough on the eyes, but I've had no problem reading using eReader.