Amazon's Kindle hits Windows Phone 7

Australian blogger and technology enthusiast Chris Walsh noticed (and tweeted) moments ago that Amazon’s extremely popular Kindle client is now available for WP7. The application is already available on most other smartphone platforms, and whilst its arrival on WP7 might not mean a lot to somem it’s another clear sign that big firms are betting on the success of WP7.

A quick look on Marketplace Browser (a web based WP7 Marketplace browser) shows that the application makes use of the metro interface, and appears to contain all of Kindle’s basic features – including the ability to change text size, have a black or white background, and more.

There are no reviews yet, however, but at first glance the application seems responsive and well designed. If you’re a Kindle fan, and have WP7, download Kindle for WP7 and share your thoughts below!

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Link doesn't work on PC - loads Zune and gives region error, however search for 'amazon kindle' in marketplace and that works. (UK)

Very nice. I've noticed that the pagination isn't consistent in the book I'm reading. Some paragraphs are cut off between pages and I have to change the orientation and back to get the missing content to be displayed, other than that, nice first stab at a WP7 app.

duddit2 said,
not available in uk? WTF?
It's available in Australia. Follow the link if you can't find it in the Marketplace Others have had that problem too.

Brody McKee said,
It's available in Australia. Follow the link if you can't find it in the Marketplace Others have had that problem too.

The link opens Zune, which promptly tells me its not available in my region.

Brody McKee said,
It's available in Australia. Follow the link if you can't find it in the Marketplace Others have had that problem too.

The link opens Zune, which promptly tells me its not available in my region.

duddit2 said,

The link opens Zune, which promptly tells me its not available in my region.

Try it on your phone perhaps, by emailing it to yourself. Fingers crossed. It might be a slow rollout.

Brody McKee said,
Try it on your phone perhaps, by emailing it to yourself. Fingers crossed. It might be a slow rollout.

Yeah, apps take maybe a day extra to come out in europe for some reason.

Brody McKee said,
Try it on your phone perhaps, by emailing it to yourself. Fingers crossed. It might be a slow rollout.

Yay, it worked! thanks

I dissapointed that this app does not seem to be available in the Australian marketplace. I have Kindle on my ThinkPad X201T and my iPad, but having it on the phone would be nice for queus and what not.

kl33per said,
I dissapointed that this app does not seem to be available in the Australian marketplace. I have Kindle on my ThinkPad X201T and my iPad, but having it on the phone would be nice for queus and what not.
Follow this link zune://navigate/?appID=48195fb4-ee0e-e011-9264-00237de2db9e on your phone.

Brody McKee said,
Follow this link zune://navigate/?appID=48195fb4-ee0e-e011-9264-00237de2db9e on your phone.

just browsed to this post on my wp7 phone, not click able, so copied it into IE, unsupported, can you tell us how this like is to be used, I want Kindle on my phone and not happy with the regional BS

duddit2 said,

just browsed to this post on my wp7 phone, not click able, so copied it into IE, unsupported, can you tell us how this like is to be used, I want Kindle on my phone and not happy with the regional BS

I don't know what to tell you? If I put that link into IE9 it loads up the Zune software and ads it to my phone. If I email it to myself, and click on the link in that email from my phone, it loads up the Marketplace! It works - I promise! I'm in Sydney using an Australian Windows Live ID.

Brody McKee said,
I don't know what to tell you? If I put that link into IE9 it loads up the Zune software and ads it to my phone. If I email it to myself, and click on the link in that email from my phone, it loads up the Marketplace! It works - I promise! I'm in Sydney using an Australian Windows Live ID.

A moment of dumbness on my part, brain fart time!

Yeah someone else suggested emailing the link to myself, picking it up on the phone and clicking it, guess what? it worked.

Now to go stick my head in a blender

Well after a quick try of it, here's what I think:
- The application is really smooth. Fits in nicely for the most part.
- The purchasing of books seems out of place (I believe it just loads mobile IE)..would be nice if they integrated this into the app.
- Reading of books works quite well, its smooth. There is no pinch to zoom for the text, you can however select a text size / color.

The actual kindle device would obviously be better since it's easier on the eye but overall it seems like a good app and works well so no complaints here.

I think that the Metro design suits a "type font" designed app very well. This is why i think the Metro UI will do well on tablets.