In today's world, there's no surprise that you'll find a popular eReader application on another piece of tech altogether. For example, Amazon's Kindle application has found its way to plenty of devices that many people would consider "the competition." That's not stopping Amazon from releasing the application on more devices, of course. The company has just announced today that you'll be able to find the Kindle App on upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.
They're also announcing, happily we imagine, that the Kindle App will be "the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7." It's not ready for prime time quite yet, as Amazon says the application will be launched later this year. And, while customers will be able to find plenty of the same features as other Kindle appilcations, like Whispersync technology, Windows Phone 7 users will be able to find personalized book recommendations on the Kindle app, as well as be able to send book suggestions to friends right from the application.
And, with that aforementioned Whispersync technology, you'll be able to buy a book once, and then read it on any one of the Kindle-equipped devices out there, which include the Kindle lineage of eReaders, as well as the applications you can find on Apple's iDevices, and even Android-based devices. You'll have access to over 725,000 books in the US Kindle Store, as well as have an integrated shopping experience. Check out the full press release below for more information.
Amazon to Launch Kindle App for Windows Phone 7
Free Kindle application extends Amazon’s Buy Once, Read Everywhere approach, bringing over 725,000 Kindle Books to Windows Phone 7
SEATTLE – Oct. 28, 2010 – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7. Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be released later this year, and includes the features customers love about all of the Kindle apps, plus new features built into a Kindle app for the first time, such as personalized book recommendations on your Kindle app home screen and the ability to send a book suggestion to a friend from any book in your library without leaving the app. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will let customers Buy Once, Read Everywhere--on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Android-based devices and in the coming months, on Windows Phone 7-based devices. Customers can sign up to be notified when the Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is available later this year at www.amazon.com/kindleforwindowsphone.
“When you buy a Kindle book, we make it easy for you to get your books on all of the devices you want to read on – your iPhone, iPad, Android-based device, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and of course your Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for Windows Phone 7 extends our vision of ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere.’ The app is optimized for the unique user interface of Windows Phone 7, and will include our Whispersync technology, so you always have your library with you and never lose your place in a book as you switch between devices.”
With Kindle for Windows Phone 7, readers will take advantage of the following features:
- Access to over 725,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store – the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read – including New Releases and 108 of this week’s 111 New York Times Bestsellers.
- With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in a customer’s Kindle library on Amazon, where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.
- Buy Once, Read Everywhere with the Kindle apps and devices. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.
- Integrated shopping experience that allows customers to shop without leaving the app.
- The opportunity to send an email to a friend with a link to the book you’re reading or to any book in your library without leaving the app.
- Customized reading, choosing from five different font sizes and three background colors.
- The ability to read in portrait or landscape mode, and to turn pages by tapping on either side of the screen or flicking.
- The option to try the beginning of a book for free before buying and to receive personalized recommendations on the home screen of your app.
Microsoft demonstrated Kindle for Windows Phone 7 for the first time today, live from its Bellevue campus, during the annual Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. “We are pleased to be working with Amazon to launch Kindle for Windows Phone 7,” said Achim Berg, Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. “We designed Windows Phone 7 to bring together a host of services and content — from Microsoft and third parties — in a way that seamlessly integrates the things you care about most, from movies to shopping and reading, and Amazon is key to delivering that experience to customers.” To view today’s demo of Kindle for Windows Phone 7, visit Microsoft News Center.