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Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Mac Kindle app available from Mac App Store



The Kindle for Mac app is now available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store. The app is exactly the same as the one you can download from Amazon’s site. This app was released January 7 and is currently number 4 on the list of top free apps. Hit the link to download from Mac App Store.

Barnes and Noble launches Nook kids iPad app

Barnes & Noble has released a new free NOOK Kids for iPad app which is specifically designed to play over 230 interactive picture books. More than 50 of the books have professional narrations, including the Thomas and Friends, Richard Scarry, and Olivia series.

The app, which is already available on the Nook Color, is an eReader with kid-friendly features and enhanced storybook reading options that make full use of the iPad’s color LCD. Other features of the app includes two free books, Richard Scarry’s Colors and Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child, that come with the download if you sign up for the NOOK service and place a credit card number on the account. The biggest feature of the app is the fact that it will read to your kids. The Nook kids app is free in the App Store right now.

Update: Kindle for Windows Phone 7 now available

First teased in October, the Amazon Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 is now available. But if you go to Amazon’s app website, it isn’t available yet. Hit this link to download.

Update:

The Amazon website for the Windows Phone 7 app is now live.

Press Release below:

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Amazon announces Kindle specific app for Android and Windows-based Tablets

Amazon announced that they are creating Kindle apps that will be  tailored specifically for Android and Windows-based tablets. Amazon specifically notes that these apps are intended for upcoming devices referring to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that kicks off tomorrow.

From Press Release:

Today, Amazon announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store, and with it the largest selection of the books people want to read.  Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”—on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

Full Press Release Below:

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Editorial: Single-purpose devices are not dead

After dissecting Amazon press release from yesterday I noticed the following quote below:

“We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet,” Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, said without citing a specific survey. “Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions.”

Does this mean a single-purpose device can still exist? I’m assuming that LCD tablet is an iPad. As you might already know iPads have a free app called iBooks which allows you to read eBooks purchased from the Apple Bookstore. But you can also read books by downloading the Amazon Kindle app.

I’m in the personal opinion that everything should be in one device and devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPod nano and shuffle, would be in compassed by a tablet or smart phone. But apparently the not. Why would somebody one a single-purpose device when one device can take care of that? Mr. Bezos answered that himself below:

“They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading.”

For a single-purpose device to stay alive it has to be fantastic in what it does. It has to excel in a certain area and not be clouted by other features. With the Kindle, it excels in reading and is not hampered by apps or confusing interfaces. It is absolutely simple to start reading and the battery life is absolutely fantastic. There is no need to worry when you forget to charge the device since the battery will last up to one month?

Another reason iPad owners also have the Kindle, is the Kindle is extremely affordable at $139 and it will only get cheaper. In my opinion, $139 is at an impulse purchase territory.

So manufacturers, if you didn’t get anything else out of this editorial remember this: If you want a successful single-purpose device, keep it simple do not add unnecessary features and keep improving the main purpose of the device with each revision.

November 20, 2010 Part 1

Mix:

Android fragmentation causes Angry Birds devs to create 2 versions of app (one for regular powered devices and one for lower/under powered devices.)

How to Build an Airplane in 2 weeks?

Fox moves Fringe to Friday-night “death slot” stating January. (Dear Fox, Do not end the best show you have.)

A brief history of zombies culture in America.

Full screen Quick View by pressing Option Key and spacebar.

Gizmodo has courteously provided a list of airports that use Full Body Scanners. (Oh come on LAX.)

Oh and CERN captured for 1/10th of second, antimatter this week.

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