Amazon takes wraps off Kindle app for Mac and iPad

22 Mar 2010

Amazon has unveiled a free software application that will allow readers worldwide to enjoy Kindle e-reader books on their Mac computers. The company also confirmed a forthcoming iPad version of the app.

The Kindle Store offers more than 450,000 books, including new releases and 102 of 111 New York Times best-sellers, and is the only place to find some of today’s most popular books in digital format.

Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC and Mac, and soon the iPad.

Users in more than 100 countries can go online to download the Kindle for Mac application for free today.

“Kindle for Mac is the perfect companion application for customers who own a Kindle or Kindle DX,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle.

“For those customers around the world who don’t yet have a Kindle, Kindle for Mac is a great way to instantly access and read the most popular new releases as well as their old favourites.”

Features of Kindle for Mac

Kindle for Mac features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronises bookmarks and last page read across devices.

Whether customers are reading Kindle books on a Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the free Kindle applications, they can always have their reading with them and never lose their place. With Kindle for Mac, a customer can read some on their Mac, read some on their Kindle, and always pick up where they left off.

With Kindle for Mac, readers can purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store, access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free, choose from 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line, add and automatically synchronise bookmarks and last page read, view notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, and Kindle for iPhone and read books in full colour, including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books and textbooks.

Amazon said several features will be added to the Kindle for Mac app in the near future, including full text search and the ability to create and edit notes and highlights. Kindle for Mac is available to customers around the world as a free download.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Kindle for Mac is available for download online

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