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HarperCollins offering excerpts for iPhone

Book publisher launches new site so Apple iPhone users can browse books.

Samples of the Browse Inside interface for the iPhone. HarperCollins/Apple

Publisher HarperCollins released digital excerpts from 14 books on Wednesday that can be read from an Apple iPhone.

The digital excerpts are accessible from a special HarperCollins mobile Web site that can be accessed from the iPhone's Safari Web browser.

HarperCollins refers to the program as an extension of its Browse Inside program for perusing digital books from a computer.

The publisher had previously conducted a pilot project to test out the technology via a Web site run by Libre Digital.

Among the titles included in the roll-out are Soul Catcher by Michael C. White, Winning by Jack Welch and Suzy Welch and Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury.