eBooks – Safe smut for the iPhone

For some time now, the App Store has been getting press due to the fact that there is no pornographic material on sale. Apps which manage to slip through, whether it be by pulling the wool over Apple’s eyes – or for some other reason – have been removed. I, however, may have the answer – for some of you, at least.

As an iPhone owner and avid reader – I started experimenting with reading books and stories on my device. Naturally, I coupled this with my love of reading and writing erotica. Therefore, I discovered it’s actually very easy to get some smut onto your iPhone, and it’s all perfectly sanctioned.

First and foremost, snag yourself an eBook reader. A PDF reader is all well and good, but because many books aren’t necessarily optimised to be read on such a small screen you may find yourself having to zoom into the text then swipe from side to side just to read single lines of text. It’s not ideal, and I quickly abandoned this.

One suggestion for an App is eBooks by Kobo. The App itself is free and you purchase books directly from Kobo. There are also lots of freebies available, so you can try them out for yourself before deciding whether you want to part with any cash. The only downside to this is you can only read books in the App which you have purchased from Kobo – so no importing previously owned books.

Another, perhaps more obvious suggestion is Amazon’s Kindle, another excellent and free app. You do, however, have the same problem as with Kobo. If you’re purchasing Kindle books, it’s fine. The service utilises something called Whispernet, so if you want to read the same books on your iPhone and you also own a Kindle, it’ll sync between the two machines, saving your page and everything: it is ingenious. However, on the iPhone version of Kindle, you can’t import books not purchased from Amazon Kindle, which is a bit of a bummer. If you’ve splashed out on the dedicated machine, you are given a Kindle email address so you can send various documents to it to read. Not so on the iPhone version. I guess it’s their way of trying to upsell people.

Now, both of the above apps are great ereaders, and they have a wide variety of erotica available, and some of it is very competitively priced. If you look around, you’ll even be able to snag yourself some freebies. However, other than the downsides I’ve already mentioned – there’s another. The Amazon Kindle site is currently very US-centric. So if you’re not residing in the States and you have a problem with doing your shopping in US dollars, you’ve got a problem. If not, however – knock yourself out! You may also find that some books are not licensed to be sold to the country you reside in.

As well as accessing books through third party ereaders, you can also purchase books directly through the App Store. Doing a search for erotica brings up endless material which you can purchase for your entertainment. However, just to narrow it down for you, keep your eyes peeled for Andrews UK Ltd, who are the company which put Xcite Books’ titles onto the iPhone. I’ve actually had stories appear in several of their anthologies, and I also review regularly for them, so can vouch for the quality. The Apps are well designed for purpose, with nice large text and no need to keep scrolling around the page to read. Again, the titles are competitively priced, usually a fair bit cheaper than the paperback version.

So – there you have it. A legitimate way to have something hot and sexy on your iPhone, without breaking any Applaws. Like me, you’ll probably find yourself with all three of the above options on your device, as well as purchasing another App which does allow you to import other PDFs and display them in an easy to read way.

Another added bonus to having erotic ebooks on your device is the fact that you can read them anywhere, anytime. No front cover means no embarrassment, and you don’t have to worry about hiding them under your bed! So go on, give it a try – and if you find that perfect ereading App for importing existing books – please let me know!

This article was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Lucy Felthouse. You can find her on Twitter here

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  • myx

    The best app is Stanza — it allows you to purchase ebooks that can also be read on other platforms. It’s also easy to download/convert free ebooks. It also has the best options of the apps I’ve used.

  • http://www.touchmyapp.com shigzeo

    I totally love Stanza, but if you want a more mature-looking and featured app, iBunko is best: you can even use it to get detailed system info!

  • http://www.metzener.com/davemblog/ Dave M.

    I started subscribing to the site again after what appeared to be you guys removing posts like this one. I originally unsubscribed when you guys were posting weekly “smut” to highlight the crappiest apps in the AppStore. Now, you are doing it again.

    Fool me once, sham on you; fool me twice, shame on me!

    It’s really a pity that with over 160,000 apps in the AppStore, you guys feel the need to highlight the lowest and most useless ones there.

    Well, guess it’s back to unsubscribing again. This time for good. It’s a good thing that there are so many other iPhone/iPod touch application sites to choose from that I won’t miss this one.

  • http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk Lucy Felthouse

    Thanks for the tips on other e-book apps. I’ve also just discovered txtr, which also allows me to do what I wanted – i.e. read DRM protected ebooks on my iPhone. This comes in handy because a lot of the ebooks I’m sent for review are protected so reading on the laptop was my only choice – not any more! :)

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