Amazon delivers long-promised Kindle for Mac

Amazon just sent out a press release – Kindle for Mac has finally being released. It works for Mac OS X 10.5 and above and is a pretty good offering.

The details on Amazon Kindle for Mac

Here are the main details from the page –

  1. Best reading experience on the Mac (claimed). No Kindle required. 
  2. Past Kindle Book purchases can be accessed.
  3. If you have Kindle or Kindle for iPhone then bookmarks, notes, last page read are all synced.
  4. Kindle for Mac let you create bookmarks but not notes.
  5. Kindle Store newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not available.
  6. You can get free book samples and have the full range of 450,000 Kindle Store books available.  

Kindle for Mac will get some additional features in the near future – full text search and the ability to create and edit notes and highlights.

The Press Release adds some more information –

  • 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
  • View notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, and Kindle for iPhone
  • Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books and textbooks
  • The Amazon page also lists minimum system requirements –

    A Mac with a 500MHz Intel processor or faster. At least 512MB of RAM.

    Screen resolution of 800×600 or greater. 100MB of available disk space.

    Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

    Apple Blogs chime in on Kindle for Mac

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog share their thoughts – they feel it’s a no-frills release and have to agree with that. They also think it’s too bad PowerPC and Tiger users are left out and again they have a point.

    The news hasn’t really spread much and there is little analysis so far. It is a big deal though. Amazon have shown a willingness to support Mac – In addition to Kindle for Mac we have the Kindle Development Kit Beta working on the Mac. Amazon’s warm embrace of Mac is an important sign that Amazon want to build channels to the Kindle Store on all platforms.  

    Hopefully by tomorrow we have more opinions and insights.

    One thought on “Amazon delivers long-promised Kindle for Mac”

    1. Supporting yet more programming code for different operating systems, requiring them to keep software updated in-house and also at all Kindles or K-owner computers, I don’t blame them. I think it would have been foolhardy to offer it.

      If they were a software house, maybe, and even those try to get rid of support for the older models/programs ASAP.

      But I’d have been disappointed too if it had happened to me.

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