Kindle app for Windows 8 updated with in-app store; Nook also updated

Amazon launched its dedicated Kindle app for Windows 8 and RT around the time of the launch of the new operating system. Indeed, Amazon got the app to be pre-installed on many new Windows 8 PCs, giving it an edge over other apps. However, the Kindle app for Microsoft's latest OS lacked a major feature; an in-app storefront.

Today, that changed as a new update for the Kindle app was pushed out from the Windows Store. The new version finally allows its users to purchase eBooks from within the application itself; the app also has number of unnamed "improvements to the reading and library experiences."

This puts the Kindle app on the same level as Barnes and Noble's Nook app for Windows 8. While it was released a few weeks after the Kindle app, the Nook app had an in-app store from the start.

By the way, the Nook Windows 8 app got its own update this week. The release notes state that this new version adds ArticleView for better viewing of magazines. It also has a number of performance and stability improvements, including some specifically for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Finally, the Nook app adds more compatibility with some high resolution displays and graphics cards.

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Which really just means that Valve's commotion about the whole situation is a bunch of BS. Here is Amazon doing exactly what Valve says they can't, and somehow it works. Amazing eh?

Microsoft only takes a cut if they're using the built in in-app purchasing system. It seems like Amazon built a pseudo-store based on web stuff (like Steam currenty uses on the Desktop, by the way), so I doubt Microsoft is getting a cut. There's absolutely no reason why Steam couldn't come to Windows 8/RT, Valve's just's upset because they where just about to release an desktop software store when Windows 8 was released.

revxx14 said,
Valve's just's upset because they where just about to release an desktop software store when Windows 8 was released.

More like, Valve had long-laid plans to release their own closed ecosystem on branded hardware and *freaked out* at the thought of Windows coming with a store of its own.

All of the arguments are only remotely relevant on ARM, which Intel is determined to outpace. For all intents and purposes, Steam can exist exactly as it does today (indeed, it can improve itself) with Windows 8. The FUD is just the smell of Gabe's pants.

Am I the only one who sees no point in seeing minor updates to Windows 8 apps on the front page of Neowin? Would it not be better to push these "news stories" on a different section on Neowin instead like it is done the Latest Software section?

I agree. Amazon's support the Windows 8 app more than they support the Windows Phone app. This is important news that shows big names are taking Windows 8 seriously.

And anyway, December's always a slow month for Microsoft news, so does it really matter?

Quite true.. having a story for every single update is a bit too much.. they could have packed all the updates that come in a day as one story rather than tie everything together

ManosK said,
Am I the only one who sees no point in seeing minor updates to Windows 8 apps on the front page of Neowin? Would it not be better to push these "news stories" on a different section on Neowin instead like it is done the Latest Software section?

Okay, seriously, how long is this crap going to continue?

This, along with countless other tech sites, are fundamentally blogs, and no guarantees are made for what sort of articles are delivered to the front page. They're no promise of journalistic integrity, no promise of staying "on topic", no promise of anything more than delivering what is of interest to the site maintainers, with bias towards what gets hits.

And the same goes for all of these tech sites, and yet, for some inexplicable reason, people show up in droves to post useless comments about what they feel is/isn't worthy of the front page.

Seriously. Who the hell are these people to think they somehow have divine insight into the Grand Purpose of the site? Their negative opinion does jack spit to change the fact that they've already given their approval in the form of a click.

Woof. Just raging a little, suddenly. After the circlejerk of hate for a post on Kotaku about violent games, I've lost all patience for these children who feel like these sites exist to serve their interests and theirs alone.

You seem to lack the understanding that these so called blogs actually have a lot more integrity because they are supported by a community of users who not only provide the content but also feedback to allow the site to improve.

If you can't stand feedback then you are on the wrong site.

ManosK said,
You seem to lack the understanding that these so called blogs actually have a lot more integrity because they are supported by a community of users who not only provide the content but also feedback to allow the site to improve.

If you can't stand feedback then you are on the wrong site.


Acting like a site should somehow "already know" that it shouldn't have put an article on the front page is *not* feedback. It's entitlement.

If you can't tell the difference then you are speaking the wrong language.

Your inability to differentiate between a statement and a suggestion suggests that you are indeed speaking the wrong language.

Interesting that they are opting to allow purchases on this, but not on the iPad Kindle App. To me that says Amazon don't really view the Surface as a threat to Kindle Fire sales but are worried by the iPad.

J400uk said,
Interesting that they are opting to allow purchases on this, but not on the iPad Kindle App. To me that says Amazon don't really view the Surface as a threat to Kindle Fire sales but are worried by the iPad.

No, Amazon doesn't have a built in store in the Kindle iOS app because Apple requires developers to use their in-app purchase system and get their 30% cut. Amazon doesn't even make 30% on a Kindle book sale so the app doesn't let you purchase books.

It's not Amazon that doesn't want in app purchases like this. Apple demands 30% of all in app purchases regardless of how it's done. Therefore for Amazon to bring this functionality to iOS, they would have to lose 30% of each sale.

J400uk said,
Interesting that they are opting to allow purchases on this, but not on the iPad Kindle App. To me that says Amazon don't really view the Surface as a threat to Kindle Fire sales but are worried by the iPad.

As the others said, the Win8 store does not require sales to go through the Microsoft store, before t that is OK, spin it any way possible to make it appear that Win8 is failing and Apple is "winning." Amazon once had he ability to buy on the iPad, but had to remove it because Apple's rules that Microsoft would be called a monopoly for. Then, when Amazon has a store on Win8, claim that Win8 is failing.

I thought this brought in-app purchases? Got the update yesterday, and clicking "Kindle Store" just opens the browser.

xiphi said,
I thought this brought in-app purchases? Got the update yesterday, and clicking "Kindle Store" just opens the browser.

Try using the search charm?

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