Amazon Kindle App Released For iPhone

Amazon today released Kindle for iPhone [App Store], a free application which allows iPhone owners to download and read books from the Amazon Kindle Store. The app provides access to all books purchased through the store as well as a reader complete with bookmarking and variable text sizes.

Books and other Kindle-based products are purchased through the Kindle Store on Amazon.com which are then automatically downloaded to the iPhone app. The app does not provide direct access to the store, so books must be browsed and purchased through Amazon’s website.

Description from Amazon:

Kindle for iPhone allows Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface. You can shop for hundreds of thousands of books at www.amazon.com/kindlestore, and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone or iPod touch. Enjoy Amazon’s low prices on Kindle books, including New York Times Best Sellers and most new releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise.

With Kindle for iPhone, you can:
* Buy a Kindle book from your Mac, PC, or iPhone using a Web browser and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone
* Read first chapters of any book for free before you buy
* Download the Kindle books you already own for free — they are automatically backed up on Amazon.com
* Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle device

Kindle for iPhone also includes Whispersync, which allows you to seamlessly switch back and forth between your Kindle device and Kindle for iPhone while keeping your bookmarks and reading location synchronized between devices. Now you can easily pick up reading right where you left off on your Kindle or iPhone.

Books you purchase can also be read on Kindle and Kindle 2, Amazon’s portable readers that wirelessly download books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic-paper display that looks and reads like real paper.

We’ve been quite impressed in the few minutes we’ve had with the app. If you want to get a feel for books on the iPhone, try downloading a sample of a book from the store.

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