Amazon have released a Beta Version of Kindle for PC. They take pains to point out its free and Winnie the Pooh gets prime real estate.
Here’s a quick video (almost falling asleep here so please excuse the lack of finish) –
Kindle for PC – Features
- Read on the PC without needing a Kindle.
- Access your Kindle books on any PC.
- Shop for Books in the Kindle Store. All 360K Kindle books are available.
- WhisperSync for synchronization of last page read and annotations.
- Create bookmarks and view notes and highlights.
- Lots of font size options.
- Sliding scale for words per line.
- Books you buy also work on Kindle and iPhone (via Kindle for iPhone).
- Very simple and painfully easy to use.
- Use mouse scroll wheel or arrow keys to turn pages.
There are some limitations –
- Newspapers, magazines and blogs are not available on Kindle for PC at the moment.
- No highlights or notes are possible – although you can refer to notes you’ve made on the Kindle or the iPhone.
- Not much customization.
- In international countries book availability varies i.e. different countries have different number and range of books available (thanks to rapidblue for the update).
Kindle for PC – Minimum System Requirements
System requirements for Kindle for PC –
A PC with a 500MHz Intel or AMD processor or faster At least 128MB of RAM Screen resolution of 800×600 or greater Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows Vista or Windows 7 100MB of available disk space
If you can’t match that you probably need a new PC anyways. It’s interesting to note that this fits in very well with most Netbooks.
Is Kindle for PC targeted at Netbooks (in addition to Nook)?
You have to wonder.
While adding Kindle for PC negates an advantage the Nook would have had, the bigger opportunity/possibility might be how well Kindle for PC fits with netbooks.
- There are projected to be 20-30 million netbooks sold in 2009.
- Kindle for PC’s very low system requirements make it ideal for netbooks.
- The super-simple design and extreme ease of use help make it ideal for netbooks.
How important are netbooks going to be for ebooks and reading?
Perhaps a lot. They cost only a little more than eReaders. Plus there are tens of millions of them and they are very portable and have great battery life.
By releasing Kindle for PC early, and having more brand recognition, will Amazon steal a lead here too? That would make Amazon the front-runner in –
- Dedicated eReaders.
- iPhone Reading Apps.
- PC Reading Software.
Putting it in great position to sell a ton of ebooks in the future.
Kindle for PC and Piracy
All you need is your Amazon log-in. That’s a little too easy.
- This is going to get abused a lot.
- Amazon are hoping people don’t share their account since people might buy something else.
- Kindle for PC also gives a lot of hackers a chance to try and crack the DRM and crack the program.
Should be interesting to see how soon cracks/hacks appear – my money’s on 3 days.
You can get Kindle for PC (Beta) at Amazon.