I wrote earlier about Amazon's announcement that they would be releasing a Kindle for Android app sometime this summer. Yesterday, Amazon announced in a surprise move that the Kindle for Android app was available for download on the Android Market, free of charge, and complete with all the abilities associated with a Kindle app.
As for the features that come with the app, Engadget wrote that the app includes "access to the Kindle store right from the app, adjustable font sizes, free book samples, and most importantly, wireless bookmark synchronization with your entire stable of Kindle-equipped devices (because we know you've all got an iPad, iPhone, and physical Kindle lying around somewhere)."
AndroidandMe adds that "the Kindle application does require Android 1.6 or greater, and allows users to search, browse, and purchase e-books from Amazon’s 600,000+ book database, right from the comfort of their Android phone. Users will not, however, be allowed to view or purchase Amazon’s newspaper, magazine, and blog database."
AndroidCentral spent some time with the app and had this to say:
Purchasing books is fairly easy, though it switches from the Kindle app to the browser, then sends you back again after the transaction is complete. Not a deal-breaker, just inelegant. We can't wait to give this a shot on something like the Dell Streak.
According to the Amazon site for the app, the app allows users to "search and browse more than 600,000 books, including 109 of 110 New York Times bestsellers." A typical cost of around $10 per New York Times Best Sellers and new releases is also listed on the website.
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