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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.

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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.

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Amazon enables Kindle eBook lending

There is now one less reason to purchase a Barnes and Noble Nook. One advantage the Nook had over the Amazon Kindle was the ability to share books to other Nook owners. Amazon, today, has enabled eBook lending. But only on certain titles and as set forth by the publisher.

Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle — Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable — it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. The lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period.

As mentioned above you yourself cannot read the book while its being lent, like the Nook, is a disappointment. The borrower does no necessarily need a Kindle they only need a device with the Kindle app installed. “Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days.” That is disappointing. I’m fine with the 14 day loan period. but only being able to loan it once for the lack of a better word sucks. Loaning eBooks are only available to U.S. customers. If you are lent an eBook from somebody in the U.S. and you are in a foreign country, you will not be able to accept it.

How to Loan and Receive an Eligible Book:

  1. You can initiate the loan from the Manage You Kindle or from the book’s product detail page. There you will have the option to enter the contact details, name, e-mail address, and an optional message, of the person you wish to loan the book to.
  2. Your loan recipient will be notified of the loan through the e-mail address you provide. The borrower has seven days to accept the loan. If the borrower already owns the title, or the title is not available in the borrower’s country due to copyright restrictions, the borrower will not be able to accept the loan.  In these cases the lender will be able to read and loan the book again after the seven-day period has ended.
  3. Open the e-mail message you received about your book loan and click the Get your loaned book now button. Your web browser will launch and automatically direct you to Amazon.com to accept the loan.

Full Instructions here.

Irony: Read Kindle Books On Your Rooted Nook Color (updated)

Instructions have been posted on how to root you Nook Color so you can access the Android Market to download the Amazon Kindle app. With full access to the Android Market you can download the Kobo app or to make it extremely ironic the Nook app itself. The full instructions are on Nookdevs.com but easier instructions are available here. But come on the only reason anybody did this is to play Angry Birds!

A few caveats worth mentioning that come with the root. From time to time a reboot is required and some apps aren’t very stable such as the Kobo Reader for Android.

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.

Third-Gen Kindle Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon beating Harry Potter

Amazon has triumphantly announced that the third-generation Kindle was the best-selling product this holiday season and on Amazon Worldwide. This includes both Kindle WiFi and Kindle 3G+WiFi but not the Kindle DX. It took the Kindle five months, to outsell the previous best seller, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. On a side note, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was the most purchased and gifted Kindle book on Christmas Day. But, Amazon is still refusing to say how many Kindle units they have actually sold.

Other Interesting facts:

  • On Christmas Day, more people turned on new Kindles for the first time, downloaded more Kindle Buy Once, Read Everywhere apps, and purchased more Kindle books than on any other day in history.
  • Of Amazon’s top 500 most popular Kindle books, “The Dork Diaries” saw the greatest gain in popularity on Christmas Day.
  • During the holiday season, the biggest mobile shopping days for iPad, iPhone and Android users was Sunday, however the biggest mobile shopping day for BlackBerry users was Friday.

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