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June 11, 2012

Nokia Reading: What's hot now

Nokia Reading has gone global, so to celebrate, Nokia Connects takes you through the top 5 downloaded books across the world – what are YOU reading?

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Since launching during Mobile World Congress back in March, Nokia Reading has been bringing you your favourite books, magazines and newspapers to the palm of your hand (well, to your phone, but you get my drift!) – or, as ITProPortal calls it, ‘an entire library from the comfort of [your] smartphone’

Now that the service has gone global, I thought it might be fun to take a look at Nokia Reading’s first couple of months in action and see what books people have been downloading and reading in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia.

Interestingly (or maybe not, depending on how into books you are), the top free downloaded books are all old classics, including Dickens, Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and Shakespeare. But what about the novels people have paid to download?

So, without further ado, I present the Nokia Connects Top 5 Most Downloaded Books on Nokia Reading:

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1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E L James

The first installment in The Fifty Shades Trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey is a dark, obsessive tale that was nominated ‘best romance’ by the GoodReads Choice Awards 2011. There have also been rumours of it being turned into a film by Angelina Jolie – watch this space!

2. Confessions of a GP, by Benjamin Daniels

Written under a pseudonym, Confessions of a GP provides a lighthearted and humorous glimpse into the life of a doctor working at a British practice. Mark Dalton calls the book ‘refreshing’ in his review, and recommends it for a short and easy read ‘suitable for that train journey or short haul flight’.

3. La Leggenda di Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

It seems the Italians love their classic ghost stories, with the Italian translation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at number 3 in the download charts. First published in 1820, this short horror story was based on a German folk legend about a headless horseman who chased travellers through the night. Creepy!

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4. The Frenzy Way, by Gregory Lamberson

Another horror story in the top 5 – this one about werewolves. The Frenzy Way is the first in the Frenzy series in which NYPD Police Captain Anthony Mace must risk his career – and his life – to face the reality of a supernatural terror wreaking havoc in New York.

5. Dizionario delle cose perdute, by Francesco Guccini

A glimpse into the past, Dizionario delle cose perdute (in English: ‘dictionary of lost things’) provides a catalogue of times gone by – when ‘to drink an espresso you had to go into a bar and ask for a ‘coffee coffee’ so as not to be served a malt coffee’. A quirky and nostalgic look at terms and words that have been lost in everyday language.

So, the question remains: what will YOU read with Nokia Reading? Tell us all about your favourite books in 140 characters or less, or drop a comment in the box below on your way out. Happy reading! 🙂