- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

… Might well be found in news that cell phone users can get snippets of romance novels delivered daily via “push” technology, according to this, well, breathless announcement:

VOCEL, one of the most exciting “push technology” companies in the wireless field, and Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction today launched Harlequin On The Go a mobile application created for women offering a variety of entertainment choices, including daily-serialized novels by best-selling authors.

All major carriers in the U.S. will soon offer fans of Harlequin novels the chance to download onto their mobile phones a chapter-a-day from Harlequin authors. Women will be able to access new serialized content every day, as well as review previously downloaded chapters that they may have missed reading over a 30-day period. Every month, three new stories will be available for access. This unique entertainment offering is the first of its kind to be targeted at women.

I won’t provide a link for this one. If you wish to punish your grey matter with this piffle, you’ll have to search it out yourself. The libertarian in me says folks should be able to get that (legal, legitimate) entertainment they desire, but, hey, when you can get lectures from the University of California at Berkeley on your iPod for free, why pay for pablum?

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