Amazon releases Kindle for Android

Phandroid report on the release of Kindle for Android in the Android Market today. Their Kindle/Android article has a screenshot that shows -

  1. Less than 50 downloads – so it’s literally just been introduced.
  2. Amazon advertising 620,000 books in the Kindle Store.
  3. A mention of thousands of free books. Why not mention the 20,000 figure?
  4. Synchronization of last page read and annotations with other Kindle Apps and with Kindles.
  5. Option to change text size, color mode, and brightness.

At Amazon there’s a page detailing Kindle for Android and there are lots of decent features -

  • Read in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages.
  • Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Search and browse more than 600,000 books, including 109 of 110 New York Times bestsellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary.
  • Kindle for Android requires Android OS 1.6 or later. It’s available in a lot of countries (46 to be precise) -

    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

    Earlier is Better

    The Samsung Vibrant’s marketing material had confirmed that Kindle for Android would definitely be out by July 21st. Amazon beat that date handily by releasing today.

    What happens to Android powered eReaders?

    A rather interesting question. What happens if Nook or another of the numerous Android based eReaders open up to Android Apps?

    Suddenly, every single Nook owner would be able to use Kindle for Android and B&N would be at risk of losing the stream of ebook revenue that is allowing them to sell Nooks at the cut-throat price of $199. That’s the danger of all these open Operating Systems – Someone else controls the OS and you can have your entire ecosystem pulled out from beneath your feet.

    There’s no way B&N are going to allow Kindle for Android on Nook and this might mean they open up the Nook to only a limited portion of the Android Market or start their own App Store.

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