Read More E-Books: No Kindle Required

Shortcovers, a new service from the Canadian book giant Indigo Books & Music, aspires to be the smartphone alternative to Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. Set to launch later this month, the company says Shortcovers will deliver more than 50,000 titles (books, chapters, news, magazine articles, short stories, blog posts and more) anywhere, anytime online and on your mobile device. After reading a first chapter for free -- same as on a Kindle -- you'll be able to purchase a whole book or continue to buy it one chapter at a time.