One big difference between the Amazon Kindle and other ebook readers has been access to public library collections, but that is now no longer a barrier with this latest Kindle update.
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I was asking for Amazon to bring their movies to Android and then Google went ahead and beat them to it. You can get rentals now for the Xoom with Android 2.2 support coming soon.
Amazon isn't going to sit and let Barnes & Noble have features beyond what they do so today they rolled out support for lending Kindle ebooks.
A few months ago I wrote about the fact that the Amazon Kindle did not support local public library offerings through Overdrive while the Sony Reader did. Since then we have seen the Barnes & Noble Nook and other ebook readers appear that all support local public library content. Local libraries provide books through Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) DRM that allow you to check out ebooks for a period up to 14 days. After hearing about the Kindle firmware update provided yesterday for the 2nd generation Kindle devices with PDF support I was hoping Amazon was finally opening up a bit. That hope was quickly dashed though after doing a bit of research and finding out that ADE is still not supported on the Kindle.
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.
The Lumia 900 is priced aggressively at $99.99 on AT&T, but you can find better deals online. I just preordered a cyan one for just a penny over at Amazon.
I continually say that you have to try a Windows Phone device to appreciate it and given the excellent sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 it looks like people are finally figuring out it is a great mobile OS.
Amazon just announced a couple new Kindle units starting at $139 and has again set the bar for dedicated ebook reading devices.
$99 seems to be the magical ebook reader price and Borders now hits it with one model while also now offering Android-based color ebook readers. The ebook war continues to be a hot one.
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