Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

Summary: I was reading my Twitter feed and stumbled upon a post by Rene announcing the new Kindle for iPhone application that you can now download for free (iTunes link) from the Apple App Store. Folks, this is BIG news for the ebook industry and came MUCH faster than I ever anticipated given that the Amazon Kindle 2 (check out my review) just started shipping last week. My Kindle 1 is now up for sale on ebay and it looks like my iPhone will now be a regular part of my gear. With the Kindle 2 and Whispersync technology the iPhone and Kindle 2 will make a perfect pair.

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I was reading my Twitter feed and stumbled upon a post by Rene announcing the new Kindle for iPhone application that you can now download for free (iTunes link) from the Apple App Store. Folks, this is BIG news for the ebook industry and came MUCH faster than I ever anticipated given that the Amazon Kindle 2 (check out my review) just started shipping last week. My Kindle 1 is now up for sale on ebay and it looks like my iPhone will now be a regular part of my gear. With the Kindle 2 and Whispersync technology the iPhone and Kindle 2 will make a perfect pair.

I can read with the Kindle 2, but for those times when I am out and about the iPhone will fill the void and keep my place in every book I buy from my Kindle 2 or the Amazon store. You can buy Kindle books from your Mac, PC, iPhone via web browser, or your Kindle 1/2 and then have them wirelessly transferred to your iPhone/iPod Touch.

I think the Amazon Kindle and ebook store just far surpassed the Sony Reader for true mobile reading on the go and is now the one to beat. I do still think that there is a place and market for the Kindle 2 device since the reading experience is better and the battery lasts a LONG time on the device, but the convenience of always having your books with you on the iPhone is a MAJOR bonus.

Stay tuned for an image gallery and video of the iPhone application and Kindle 2 side-by-side with a video showing how Whispersync works and how you can purchase books.

Topics: Amazon, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • This makes more sense

    Amazon should be concerned more about selling books than selling niche hardware. I have always thought smartphones and PDAs (they aren't all dead yet) made more sense for portable book reading than did a large box like the Kindle. Yes, the iPhone/PDA screen is smaller (3.5 in) than the Kindle, but I have been reading books for several years on my PDA with no problem.

    "Kindle" on the iPhone may kill the box, but it likely will sell more books in the long run. It's a better investment for Amazon and for users.
    brucegil@...
  • RE: Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

    It sounds great, but I have a question. Do you have to buy a Kindle 1/2 in order to buy and download books to your ipod or iphone?
    Pegfor
    • No Kindle needed

      Nope, you can buy the books from a web browser and have them appear in your Kindle iPhone library. I think we may see a ton more books sold on Amazon now. If Amazon can get purchasing support added into the iPhone application then it will be even better.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

    Would love this but not available in the UK. Why!
    adjuster23
  • RE: Amazon releases Kindle iPhone application and ebook readers rejoice!

    I enjoy my Knidle and I enjoy having the Kindle app on my iPhone. However, I would not want to read books for lengthy periods of time on the iPhone's tiny screen -- even though it is very clear, I could feel the strain after a while. I can read on the Kindle for hours. Where I think that the iPhone app is going to come in handy is for reference material and the occasional novel that you can't put down. While yes, you can find almost anything you need on the Internet and use your iPhone for that, having nice reference tables that you are used to using available on your phone are very helpful. I have already e-mailed myself documents with the income tax tables and contribution limits for retirement plans that I use frequently.

    When it comes to the Kindle, the potential of this device has not yet been fully exploited. As a professor, I can see students downloading their textbooks onto their Kindles and then only having to carry one samll device rather than a backpack of heavy books with them. The only problem that I can see right now is that pictures and charts cannot be enlarged for the Kindle, and therefore some of them are too small to get the benefit from. And, of course, there is always the color issue. Right now, Kindle is strictly black and white. This will limit its full acceptance.
    rosilyn@...