Amazon release Kindle application for iPhone

Seattle-based online retailer has released a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow users to access the same content as they can with the Kindle, according to the Associated Press.

While the free application will not include the controversial text-to-speech feature of the Kindle 2, it does include features for changing the text size, as well as adding bookmarks, notes and highlights. As the application does not connect to the Kindle store itself, users will need to use the web browser on their iPhone, iPod Touch or computer to purchase new content.

Those lucky enough to have a Kindle or Kindle 2 and an iPhone, will be able to synchronize their bookmark locations across the two devices.

Amazon Kindle vice president Ian Freed said in a press release, "We are excited to bring the new Kindle application to Apple's App Store and think customers are going to love how easy and fun it is to read their Kindle books on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch is a great way for customers to catch up on their current book wherever they are, like in line at the grocery store or between meetings."

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Right on, easier than having to find it yourself.

Not a big fan of the app though, Classics is much better, but it doesn't have access to the Kindle Library

While this makes sense for the consumer and will allow Amazon to sell more books, I think it will hurt Kindle sales. Granted this won't stop someone that reads lots of ebooks from buying as the screen is much smaller on the iPhone/iPod Touch but, I think some casual readers may opt for the App that would have otherwise tried the Kindle.

i wonder if the books are able to go to both the iphone and the kindel at the same time... if so it'd be more like a tiral... if you like what kindel store offers you're going to pay for the ebook. I can't imagine reading THAT much on the iphone's screen

Why would a casual reader spend $359 for an e-reader? I don't think this will affect much of their sales given how expensive the Kindle is. People who are going to buy a Kindle must not need the money.

I would have considered a Kindle and I only read while on a plane. Now I don't think that is going to happen. Some people do still have money to spend on convenience. I'll admit the screen will suck on my iPhone but I'm not going to be reading on a daily or even weekly basis.

hmm... going from reading books on a black and white screen to reading books on a colour screen ... maybe they can offset the fact that the screen is smaller by scrolling through different colours instead of showing black and white all the time..... kind of like one of those 'mood light' things

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