Amazon reveals Kindle apps for Android and Windows tablets

5 Jan 2011

LAS VEGAS – In a move anticipating the launch of a new generation of LCD tablet devices at CES this week, e-commerce and cloud giant Amazon has revealed that new Kindle apps will be tailored specifically for Android and Windows-based tablets.

For more than two years, Amazon has been building and introducing a wide selection of free ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere’ Kindle apps to enable customers to read their Kindle books on the most popular devices and platforms.

Last year, Amazon tailored a Kindle app specifically for the size, look and feel of the iPad and it has become a top 10 free app for iPad.

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Last night, Amazon announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows-based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store, and with it the largest selection of the books people want to read.

The new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere’ – on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices.

“Kindle is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life. It’s purpose built for reading. Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle.

“We’re very excited to support the upcoming Android and Windows LCD tablet computers with free Kindle apps that we’ll tailor for the particular devices. Our Whispersync technology makes it simple to move back and forth between devices. Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We’ll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy.”

The Kindle Store offers the largest selection of books people want to read, including 100 of 110 New York Times best-sellers and new releases from US$9.99. Millions of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read.

In related news, it has emerged that Amazon has opened a new developer portal for apps creators with a view to launching a disruptive Android-based marketplace later this year.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years