Monday, May 4, 2009

Kindle For iPhone App Released

Amazon Kindle is a software and hardware platform for reading electronic books (e-books), developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, first launched in the United States on November 19, 2007. Two hardware devices, known as "Kindle" and "Kindle 2," support this platform, as does an iPhone application called "Kindle for iPhone."


[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle]

>>What is Kindle for iPhone?

Kindle for iPhone is a free application that lets you read more than 240,000 Kindle books on your iPhone or iPod touch—no Kindle required. Amazon's new Whispersync functionality automatically synchronizes your last page read so you can easily switch between devices and pick up reading from where you last left off.

>>Which iPhones and iPod touches are compatible with Kindle for iPhone?

Kindle for iPhone can be used on any iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch with Firmware 2.0 or higher installed.

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>>What can I read on Kindle for iPhone?

The entire selection of books available for reading on Amazon Kindle can also be read on Kindle for iPhone. The Kindle Store contains many of the best sellers from leading publishers around the world. You can also download free book samples from the Kindle store and read the first chapter of a book before you decide to buy.

If you already have a Kindle and Kindle book library, you can access the Kindle books you already own, even if you don't have your Kindle with you. Periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs, and personal documents cannot be viewed on Kindle for iPhone.

>>Can I view my Kindle bookmarks and annotations on Kindle for iPhone?

Whispersync automatically synchronizes your bookmarks and your reading location among devices registered to the same Amazon.com account. When you open a Kindle book you are also reading on another device, you are given the choice to go to the furthest page read if you are further ahead on the other device. This ensures that you can easily pick up where you left off regardless of which device you are using.

Whispersync is automatic and enabled by default. To manually sync when using Kindle for iPhone, tap the center of your screen to activate the toolbar then tap the Whispersync icon (circular arrows at the end of the toolbar).

>>>How do I download and install Kindle for iPhone?

Kindle for iPhone can be downloaded for free in Apple's App store.

[http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=302584613&mt=8]

From your iPhone or iPod touch, choose the App Store icon to search or browse for Kindle for iPhone. If you prefer to use iTunes on your PC, visit the App Store to find and download Kindle for iPhone and then sync the app to your device.

For more information see Installing Kindle for iPhone.

Primary Source

[http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200298470]

>>>Additional Information

Using Kindle for iPhone

[http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200298480]

You Tube Video

Amazon Kindle software on the iPhone and Kindle 2

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9aeH99g-vM]

Non-Exhaustive Selection of Sources For Kindle Content

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle#Non-exhaustive_selection_of_sources_for_Kindle_content]

News Coverage

NYTimes: Amazon to Sell E-Books for Apple Devices

[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/04/technology/04kindle.html]

Related / UnRelated

WSJ : Amazon to Launch Kindle for Textbooks

[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124146996831184563.html]

NYTimes: Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press

[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/technology/companies/04reader.html]

Amazon Introduces Big-Screen Kindle

[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/technology/companies/07kindle.html]

SEE ALSO

Library Purchase/Subscription For Kindle Content?

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/06/library-purchasesubscription-for-kindle.html]

2 comments:

  1. Of course, it would be nice if either the Kindle or the iPhone app was offered outside of the U.S.,(unless our Canadian cousiins are similarly blessed...)

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  2. Gerry,

    FYI, the release is only in the U.S.

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