Online retailer supergiant Amazon.com recently acquired Lexcycle, the developers of Stanza, the most popular eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app offers users the ability to browse, purchase and download eBooks directly to the device at any time of day from a selection of over 100,000 eBooks.
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.
Shortly after denying Mazo access to its API, Amazon has released an iPhone application which directly ties into the Amazon.com store. Amazon Mobile provides an interface to quickly search Amazon, read reviews, compare prices, and even purchase items. Members can access their wish lists, carts, and a myriad of other incredibly useful items right from the app. The most exciting feature is "Amazon Remembers". The feature allows you to take a photo of a product and save it to your personal Amazon.com account. Additionally, Amazon will attempt to match up the photo to products in their database. If a match is found, you're notified by email and the app is updated with a link to the product.
On Monday, digital music reseller announced that it will launch a $50million marketing campaign against Apple's iTunes Store by offering songs through its web site and partners, including Yahoo Inc. and Verizon Wireless. The songs will be available in MP3 format, allowing users to play them on iPods and iPhones.