Amazon confirms upcoming Kindle app for Mac

A few days ago, Amazon and Microsoft declared to the world that a Kindle app was underway for the Windows operating system. Just earlier, the online retailer has confirmed that an OS X version of the application is coming too, as reported by TUAW, though details are unfortunately bare currently.

The Kindle is, as you may know, a piece of hardware designed to aid with the mobile and digital reading of eBooks, and it is coupled with Amazon's software which provides a vast range of them ready and available for download over-the-air. It's a handy service for those who use it, though currently it's limited in the devices it's available on. Amazon, perhaps seeing a threat from the new Barnes and Noble 'nook' reader, aims to fix this by having compatibility with desktop computers.

This is a great move for Amazon and users of the Kindle service, though it means if you purchase a book through that company, you can't use it with any other e-reader, causing problems if the need arises. At the moment, there's no estimated shipping date on the software, but hopefully it won't be too far away.

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I think this is good, however it's stupid that you can only use their books on their device. It should be completely open.

Mikeyx11 said,
I think this is good, however it's stupid that you can only use their books on their device. It should be completely open.

I think that Music has finally come along as far as getting rid of DRM. About the only time you see it now is in subscription based packages. But Zune, Amazon, and iTunes all sell DRM free music that I can use on whatever device or media player software i want.

It will happen with eBooks when it becomes more popular and there is more competition. It looks like (to me anyway) Sony has some nice looking devices on the market. It sucks that once you start buying book you are locked into that brand's device.

Now all they need to do is drop the price for a drm'ed ebook file and I'll be all about it. Until then it's cheap paperbacks and the local library for me.