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    Amazon.com's Kindle is recently released in its 2.0 iteration, and with it comes a whole new competitor - the iPhone. Except... its not competition at all. Amazon has actually released a free app in the AppStore to allow iPhone users to read purchased Kindle-compatible books on their iPhones.

    The Kindle Store currently has more than 240,000 titles and are adding more every day. The Kindle Store offers 104 of 112 books currently found on the New York Times® Best Seller list. New York Times Best Sellers and most new releases are $9.99, and you'll find many books for less.
    While the app allows you to read Kindle books (and smartly syncs with your Kindle reading - if you left off at page 143 on your Kindle, that's where you'd be on your iPhone as well), it does NOT let you purchase Kindle books FROM the iPhone. You can however purchase them on Amazon.com and send them to your iPhone wirelessly... but no browsing and purchasing books from within the app - that'd be sweet.

    $359 is a bit steep for the Kindle still, so perhaps Amazon can net some extra revenue this way by simply selling books to iPhone users. Either way its a useful app!

    Kindle (AppStore Link - free) via Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Kindle, meet iPhone. started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      As I get most of my books from the library and tend to read them in the bath, I'm not sure it's for me
    1. mobilexile's Avatar
      mobilexile -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Not sure what it's like in other countries but here in the UK we have a very good library service. I very rarely buy books, I just borrow them from the library. Unlike music which you listen to many times and swap depending on your mood, I tend to read a book once and only one book at a time so don't want or need to carry many books.
      I live in the state of Minnesota in the U.S. The county in which I live has an outstanding library system which is a good thing. However, that makes it quite popular and thus many new releases are difficult to get -- there can be long waiting lists.

      For the reason stated above, and because I believe in supporting the art of writing by buying books, I don't end up with many titles from the library.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      As I get most of my books from the library and tend to read them in the bath, I'm not sure it's for me
      I wouldn't advise taking a Kindle in the bath.

      The Kindle 2 also has other features that aren't well known and some that aren't revealed by the user manual. Amazon has a book titled 'The Kindle 2 Cookbook' that gives up several tips and tricks that Amazon didn't share. Among them the ability to download free books from several sites like ProjectGutenberg.org. You won't find new releases there but the classics are plentiful and free for the taking.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Admirable sentiments - sounds like the Kindle is the device you've been waiting for. Glad you like it, just not for me.
      Enjoy!
    1. mobilexile's Avatar
      mobilexile -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I once had to travel 20 miles to the next county to get a fiction book, but there weren't many copies arround. The author herslf would have lent me her copy but she'd lent it to her son-in-law and hadn't got it back. Apart from that I've never had a problem getting any book from the library.
      My county library system is linked to the two major cities in the region. Through that system we can get books sent to a local branch free of charge. It also gives us access to a wider ranges of titles. But, as stated in my earlier post, people read a lot in my state (I believe the highest rate of adult reading per capita in the U.S.) so titles can still be difficult to acquire at times or without delay.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Admirable sentiments - sounds like the Kindle is the device you've been waiting for. Glad you like it, just not for me.
      Enjoy!
      Like I said, it's definitely not for everyone. But, for the big reader who travels a lot, this is a welcomed device.
    1. jg1313's Avatar
      jg1313 -
      If you adjust the font size, the reading less straining on the eyes. Just bought 1st book and so far I must say that I like it, worth a tryout.