Amazon just announced that Kindle for iPhone is now available for 60+ countries. The Press Release also confirms that Kindle for Blackberry is on the way.
The Press Release from Amazon has the details –
- The main point being that the Kindle for iPhone App is now available in more than 60 countries. Rather unhelpfully, Amazon neglects to mention what countries.
- The other interesting detail is mention of Kindle for Blackberry in the next few months.
Countries Kindle for iPhone is available in
While not available in as many countries as the Kindle 2, Kindle for iPhone is now available in 63 countries out of the 77 countries the App Store serves.
The countries its available in (in addition to the US) –
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic.
Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finaland, France.
Greece, Guatemala, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy.
Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico.
Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal.
Republic of Malta, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden.
Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Countries it is not available in – China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates,
Kindle for iPhone App Features
Here’s what you can do with Kindle for iPhone –
- Purchase and read hundreds of thousands of Kindle Store Books – Availability will vary based on book rights for your country. It will not include all books available in the US.
- Free Samples.
- Six different font sizes and adjustable words per line.
- Synchronize bookmarks and last page read across Kindle and Kindle for iPhone.
- Notes and Highlights.
- Color for graphic novels, cookbooks, and more.
Here is what was added in the last update –
Read in portrait or landscape mode Select alternate background and text colors to improve reading comfort in low light conditions Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages Pinch to zoom images in books Tap and hold on a word to create a note or highlight
Please go to the Kindle for iPhone page at the iTunes App Store (link opens in iTunes) and check on availability for your country.
Ian Freed of Amazon had this to say –
“The Kindle for iPhone App is the perfect companion for customers who own a Kindle or Kindle DX, and a great way for customers around the world to download and read books even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”
‘Even if they don’t yet have a Kindle’ is right.
Amazon expands the availability of Kindle for iPhone, its gateway drug
A past comment very accurately described Kindle for iPhone as a gateway drug. If you’re a Kindle owner Kindle for iPhone adds a lot of value to your Kindle experience.
If you’re not an owner it makes you much likelier to buy the Kindle.
For a long, awkward explanation check out this post on Kindle, Apple, Committment and Consistency. The one sentence summary –
Kindle for iPhone exposes you to the features of the Kindle and it makes you a Kindle customer. These in turn increase the chance you decide to buy a Kindle.