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Everyone wants a piece of the iPad, including the tablet's e-reader competitors like Amazon's Kindle. Today, Amazon rolled out a free software package just for Mac users that will provide...
03-18-2010, 05:35 PM #1
Amazon Plants a Kindle Stake In The iPad?
Everyone wants a piece of the iPad, including the tablet's e-reader competitors like Amazon's Kindle.
Today, Amazon rolled out a free software package just for Mac users that will provide a portal to the online retail giant's e-book store. As a result, Kindle books are now accessible from pretty much anywhere... Blackberry, iPhone, PC, and, as of today's announcement, even a Mac. Most excitingly, however, is that Amazon's e-reader software will ultimately be compatible with the iPad.
That's right... Kindle is staking its claim in the iPad. Dubbed "Kindle for Mac," Amazon is promoting the software as a "perfect companion application" for people who own Kindles and even those who don't. Kindle for Mac will still provide access to Kindle's e-book store. The software will deliver access to a half million e-books in more than one hundred countries.
Despite earlier rumblings about the prospect of Amazon introducing such a software package, it now appears that the Kindle's big Mac arrival signals more than just an attempt by Amazon to capitalize on yet another platform to promote the Kindle. Instead, it seems that Amazon is going to firmly hunker down on iPad territory and strive to ramp up sales of new releases and old favorites from Kindle's e-book inventory.
Although updates and improvements have already been alluded to, for now, Kindle for Mac serves up the familiar Whispersync technology so that, for example, Mac users can save and synchronize bookmarks across the various devices used to access their digital content. In other words, if you opt to buy a Kindle half way through reading an e-book on your iPad, you'll never forget where you left off. It's that exact convenience that Amazon will endeavor to make patently obvious in the coming weeks and months.
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03-18-2010, 05:40 PM #2
It appears that when ever Apple comes out with something new everyone wants a piece of it...
"Always remember your special and unique!"
03-18-2010, 05:51 PM #3
I saw what you did there!! Funny man
03-18-2010, 06:14 PM #4
Amazon's smart, they know when something is going to be big and get in on it regardless of the product. It's definitely a money making move for them.
03-18-2010, 06:29 PM #5
All I see Amazon doing is protecting their interests, like Appl£ would do if they were in the same boat Amazon is in now
03-18-2010, 09:59 PM #6
Well Amazon wants people to visit their site and buy Kindle ebooks. That is where the money is and as time goes on Amazon will do everything to promote their site. They are not hardware-centric like Apple. Amazon isn't making much off Kindle hardware. They are in it to sell ebooks and get eyes on their web storefront. That is what this is all about.
03-18-2010, 11:43 PM #7
Amazon's smart, and if it wasn't for a Kindle app on the iPad, I probably wouldn't get one (got too many books in my Kindle library, and like how I can register five devices to read the books at the same time).
03-19-2010, 08:51 AM #8
I have already sold my Kindle DX, and pre-ordered my iPad. My decision came down to the fact that the iPad can do everything the Kindle DX can do - and then, add web browsing, email reading, calendar, all my iPhone apps, use my SlingBox through the SlingPlayer. It was a no-brain solution. My only concern was the investment I have in Kindle books, and with the iPhone/iPad Kindle app, that isn't a real problem. I would like to convert the Kindle books I have to be able to read them in the native iPad book reader, but at least I can still access them easily on the iPad, and now on my Mac as well.
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03-19-2010, 01:20 PM #10
Wonder if Apple is going to deny the app after iPad's launch citing that it directly conflicts with Apple's own iBook store?I think I win for the most lame avatar
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03-19-2010, 03:18 PM #15
iPhone - Jailbreak = Dumbphone?
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03-20-2010, 11:23 PM #18
ive seen alot of new kindle ads being pushed lately. theyre trying to stay in the gamekillall Terminal