Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amazon announces Kindle for Android and Windows-based Tablets and Windows for Phone 7 (Update)

UPDATE JAN. 5, 2011 - This update is NOT about the tablets story below, but I'll add it here as a new apps-release to be noted.  This is straight from the Amazon press release:

Kindle for Windows Phone 7
"Kindle for Windows Phone is the first major eBook app for Windows Phone 7-based devices.
Amazon's free Kindle apps give readers access to the largest selection of the most popular books and lets them sync their reading across all major devices and platforms.

SEATTLE, Jan 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --(NASDAQ: AMZN)-Customers can already read Kindle books on their Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, as well as their iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Android-based devices.  Today, Amazon's wide selection of free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps is expanding to include Windows Phone 7 devices.  Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7, and includes new features built into a Kindle app for the first time, including personalized recommendations integrated into the Kindle app home screen and the ability to send book recommendations to a friend without leaving the app.  Customers can learn more about Kindle for Windows Phone 7 at and can download the free app from Windows Phone Marketplace. "

Original blog entry for January 4, 2011 - Kindle for Android and Windows Tablets

Key paragraph from today's Amazon Kindle press release (Jan. 4, 2011):

  "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"

With the coming Consumer Electronics Show in January and the many tablets that will be unveiled there,  Amazon seems to just be making it clear that they'll be ready with the usual free Kindle apps, for these also, and they'll be tailored to the their special features and larger screens.  With these tablets, not tied to a competing online bookstore, buying will be direct after browsing the books.  No timeline was given.

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   DX Graphite

Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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  1. You may wish to update your sidebar with the new UK prices, £111 and £152, following an increase to VAT (sales tax) on 4 January.

  2. Stephen,
    Thanks very much for that information. Will do.


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