Nokia Reading, an app and service that serves up the written word in your own language on your Lumia smartphone is now launching across the globe. "The roll out will happen on a country-by-country basis from this week on the Nokia Lumia 900, 800, 710, and 610. The initial launch countries are France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK. Others will follow over the rest of the year," Nokia said.
This new service takes full advantage of the platform's design to make reading on-the-go both convenient and visually attractive.
The initial version of Nokia Reading focuses on making it easy for you to find, buy and - most importantly - read a book in your own language. To make it easy to choose what to read, books are organised into lists such as Top eBooks and New Releases and categorized into genres. If you already know what you want, full predictive search makes it easy to find what you want by title or author.
Once you have chosen a book, large, clear, smartphone screens like those on the Nokia Lumia make reading an enjoyable experience - "On a Lumia, the ClearBlack Display helps reduce reflections on the screen, and Microsoft's ClearType technology renders fonts cleanly, without jagged curves. The type is resizable, too, so it can be as big as your eyesight requires," Nokia said.
Additionally, there's also the handy night mode, too, which means you won't be blinded by a bright white screen in the middle of the night. This mode turns the white pages black and the black words white, perfect for when looking for something to help you into slumber. Using a black background is also kinder to your battery if you have a long journey ahead.
Nokia says further additions to Nokia Reading are already in the pipeline, and will appear as free updates through Marketplace include: provision for audio books and 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," Nokia concludes.
Watch the Nokia Reading in action in the video embedded below: