Shortcovers turns a page on mobile e-book reading

FierceDeveloper published its fifth Developer Workshop, a series that explores the current state of the mobile marketplace from the point of view of software developers. The latest entry in the series profiles Shortcovers, a unit of Canadian bookseller giant Indigo Books & Music, which just introduced its integrated e-reader application for the Palm Pre and webOS. The app allows consumers to sample and purchase new e-books from publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Harlequin, and get other printed material as well. The app also is optimized for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android platforms. Special feature