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Nokia Reading now available for Windows Phone, except for those in the US

WP Central

Nokia announced late last week that their Reading app would be coming to the Lumia line this week and sure enough, that app is now available for download.

Nokia Reading promises to fill in the gap where apps like Amazon Kindle are not available for Windows Phone users, which turns out is a large part of the globe. Having setup their own eBook marketplace, Nokia seems to have done have a good job of offering an important service to many on Windows Phone who otherwise would not have access to the latest NY Times best sellers.

Nokia Reading

Of course the bad news as can be discerned from the title is those in the US (and possibly elsewhere) cannot download the app. Much like Nokia Music, licensing and possibly territorial divisions are evidently keeping this app and service out of our hands. But seeing as we have Zune Pass and Amazon Kindle, we'll probably survive.

Pick up Nokia Reading here in thew Nokia Collection. Thanks, Tim S., for the tip!

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agm353 says:

Doh! So I'm able to download and use a Finnish TV app, but I'm not allowed to download a perfectly normal English reading app? lol!

programx says:

"Nokia seems to have done have a good job of offering"

Has anyone actually read that article before publishing it? That is extremely poor and devalues what is otherwise very good content.

Saljen says:

Seriously...

dakranii says:

How do these people live with themselves after making a mistake like that? What, do we have humans writing this blog or something? Sheesh!

tissotti says:

That's quite simple actually.
Those TV channels are free, anybody can see them.
 
Books in a other hand need licensing deals from every country.

skwarek#WP says:

Not available in the great white north :(

Kindle app get it

Amazon is that shit

pgoth says:

Need that damn Nook app.. Come on B&N .. With that recently inked deal with Microsoft where is the app!!!

I'm in europe and have a lumia 800, and it still does list it as 'not availabe for your device'

IsTrooper2 says:

From Singapore and I can't download it

longnd says:

just change your region to UK and get the app.

incendy says:

Kindle is the only e-reading app I want but great that this is available to regions Kindle isn't available

Tahiti Bob says:

Agreed. Kindle is the best option as it's available on all platforms but I guess Nokia Reading will be great for people with no kindle services in their country.

bilzkh says:

I vaguely recall Nokia saying that Reading would roll out to other regions with time.

JCCR90 says:

This sucks. Amazon is great for English books for any other language its crap.

dennisfang1 says:

Yep, not available in oz, but what does it do better than the kindle app anyway?

It works unlike the not updated for Mango Kindle app. =/

Fiann says:

Need an app that will let me read epubs and the like on my phone.

agm353 says:

Overdrive perhaps?

Bruno H says:

Try Freda. I have been reading four books in ePub format on it. And it is just great. Works with skydrive, so I only put the books I want to read on my SkyDrive and then pick them up for reading in Freda.

Ganondolf says:

Bookviser is a great app for reading epubs and its a good looking app much better than freda. Its also free and has a skydrive feature, I put all my epubs into a folder on my skydrive desktop and then use the app to connect to downlad them. works great.

Fiann says:

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check Freda and Bookviser out.

soxoh4 says:

I do this too (folder on SkyDrive, Bookviser from there). Do you know if this is possible on Nokia Reader or is it akin to Kindle? Thanks :)

ArtSooby says:

Not avalaible in Canada :(

maha2804 says:

Not available in India as well

monigal2 says:

The only thing I'm disappointed about with my Nokia L900, is not having Nokia music available in the US. That was one of the reasons I decided to get a Nokia..

It's not just the US that doesn't have Nokia Reading, it's the majority of the world (including Australia).
 
It's only available in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK for now.

Cyruss1989 says:

Not in Germany.

DBDev says:

Not available in Sweden :'(

Saljen says:

Does the Nokia Reading app allow you to side-load books into it? Theres no good Windows Phone app for doing so, and I have a library of books that I'd love to keep on my phone, but am unable to. There are one or two apps with this feature, but they are poorly coded, look terrible, and are buggy to boot. I'd like something nice developed by Nokia or another big name with this feature, but all the major reading apps seem to forget that people own e-books before they get their app.

Bruno H says:

Have you looked into Freda? I use it just for that, and it works great.

Saljen says:

Not recently. I used it when it first came out and it was really bad. It was super clunky and looked like garbage. I'll give it another shot tho.

Appmek says:

Still looks like garbage.

Ganondolf says:

try bookviser. you can sync with your skydrive and load all your books onto the phone. looks nice to unlike freda.

Saljen says:

Hey, thanks for recommending Bookvisor! I've uploaded my whole library to my phone from my Skydrive account and it works great :)   Also, the app is really smooth and looks really good, my only complaint is no .pdf, but that's ok.

Bruno H says:

Can someone review this and give the technical rundown? I would very much like to know which file format the books are sold in and how the DRM is done.

teom95 says:

Netherlands, cant download -_-

yeyixic says:

Genial!! Modo nocturno y a leer

Cyruss1989 says:

Can't load it, even though me and my phone are German...

yeyixic says:

Pagados 2 libros y no los descarga......... :'(
Esperando ayuda de Nokia.

SebaMattsson says:

WORKAROUND:
If the app is available in your Marketplace, but no books are available in your Book store, the following got me access:
1. Go to https://account.nokia.com/
2. Change your country to some of the supported (UK etc.) and save
3. Sign out from your account in the app, and sign in again.
Cheers,
Seb

psteve2005 says:

Just downloaded fine this morning on my UK Lumia 800. Now going to try it out.

venetasoft says:

available in Italy :)

pooleyjnr1 says:

Downloaded it and using in the UK. Just another book app, not a bad attempt, nice quick book downloads. But your not missing anything if you already have the Kindle app, they both sell books!!!

Sicarius123 says:

Not available in Australia either it seems.

Not available in India too.:(

AwesomeAndy says:

Do you guys actually read books on the phone? IMO its not really great anyways - i really prefer either a real book, or a dedicated reading gadget like Kindle or similar. 

Saljen says:

I always prefer a real book, and always own a physical copy of any book that I read on my phone. It really is more convienent to read on your phone in some circumstances though, I find myself switching back and forth. And no, I don't buy my books twice, but once I've paid for a physical copy I feel no guilt at torrenting a copy of the ebook just for conviences sake.

ShahinTr says:

Outside of US. Haha! Nice. UK. Downloaded and testing.

AneticsUK says:

Im in the UK and find it odd how amazon fragment what regions get which apps...
I can have kindle but not shopping.......weird

VikArmo says:

Downloaded on my Lumia 900. It's much prettier than the Kindle offering although while you're reading the books they both look similar! The app itself has a very nice marketplace feel to it and the books download and install within the app quite nicely. Overall a nice product. By the way, I'm in the UK.

Sy7ygy says:

Cannot see the point of this app really - why buy books from Nokia when Kindle is available and more accessible on other platforms?

Saljen says:

Kindle isn't available in most countries outside the US.

soxoh4 says:

Does it allow you to use your own pre existing books, like Freda but unlike Amazon? This is the key for me? I'm in Canada so I can't get it yet but can anyone answer this question? Thanks :)

Saljen says:

I have the same requirement when looking for an ebook app, but recently came upon an app significantly better than Freda for side-loading ebooks, check out Bookviser.

soxoh4 says:

Anybody? I'd really love to know? Can you use your own e-books as with bookvisor, freda et al just downloading them from Skydrive or wherever or are you forced to only use books you've bought from their market?
 

kaynachtsman says:

Its now available for more countries

Porrafromsa says:

Tried downloading the Nokia reading app from store tells me I can't as screen resolution on my 920 not compatible. Any advice? Can I even change the screen resolution.