Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:15

Kindle coming to Android

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Amazon will further increase the reach of its Kindle ebook format with the release of a reader for Android.


Amazon's free Kindle for Android will be released in the coming months.

The company claims a catalogue of more than 540,000 books in Kindle format, although the number is smaller in markets outside the US.

As with other versions, Kindle for Android will include the Whispersync technology to synchronise bookmarks across devices. In addition to the Kindle itself, reader applications are already available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Windows, Mac OS X, and BlackBerry.

Other common features include the ability to search and browse the Kindle catalogue, preview and purchase books, access previously purchased books stored on Amazon's servers, adjust font sizes, and read in portrait or landscape mode.

"Kindle for Android is the perfect companion application for Kindle and Kindle DX owners, and is also a great way for customers to enjoy over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store even if they don't yet have a Kindle," said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle.

"We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to a massive selection of books from Amazon on their Droid, Nexus, Incredible and many more Android devices," he added.

Visit www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid to register for notification when Kindle for Android is released.

 


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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