Monday, June 28, 2010

Kindle App For Android Now Available

 A Kindle App is now available as a free download for Android phones, bringing the choice of over 600,000 books for your smartphone.  With a slew of  Google Android phones expected throughout this summer such as the Galaxy from Samsung, this is an important strategic move for Amazon and may help combat the competition it is receiving from both other e-book readers, the iPad and the Kobo coming soon. 

One of the nice features is the wireless bookmark synch between devices.  For example, if you have started reading your book on one device, it will allow you to save your place and pick-up at the same point on another device such as from Kindle to mobile phone etc.  It's also available for the iPhone, Blackberry, PC or Mac whereas books purchased in the iBook store are only viewable on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.  

However, the Android App is pretty basic at present and is just a reader,which for many is perfectly fine.  Expect new features soon to allow the Android user to search the text and browse directly from the Kindle App.  You can also take advantage of downloading the first chapter of a book for free to help you decide to purchase.  

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