Amazon issued a press release early this morning, announcing the Kindle for iPad application is now available for users worldwide, with a special emphasis for Japanese iPad customers in the header (text of the press release is below); it had previously just been available for US subscribers. I’ve seen the Kindle for iPad application in action with several iPads my office is trying out on our network (no, I do not blog for a living!) and I will say the Kindle for iPad application is significantly better than Apple’s own offering, primarily because the complete Kindle-format bookstore with over 550,000 titles is available via the Kindle application vs. less than 100,000 books in the Apple iPad bookstore.
Next on my and others’ list of features is the availability of blogs (like this one), newspapers, and magazines for the Kindle for iPad, Blackberry, Droid, etc.
Here is the press release from the Amazon Investor Relations website:
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.
“We’re thrilled to make Kindle for iPad available to readers around the world,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for iPad includes all the features customers love about Kindle for iPhone, including great selection and synchronization of their books across a variety of Kindle apps, along with a beautiful new user interface tailored to the look and feel of iPad. Kindle for iPad is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who already own a Kindle or Kindle DX, and a way for customers to download and enjoy books even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”
U.S. customers can choose from over 550,000 books available in the Kindle Store, including new releases and bestsellers. Bestsellers such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown, “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis, and hundreds of thousands of other popular books are USD $11.99 or less in the Kindle Store. The Kindle Store is the only place to find tens of thousands of books added to the Kindle Store by authors and publishers using Kindle’s self-service platform. Customers can search for a specific book or browse by genre or author, and can take advantage of all the features that customers enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalized recommendations and editorial reviews.
Features of the Kindle App for iPad include:
- Automatically Syncs with Kindle and Kindle Compatible Devices: Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across Kindle, Kindle DX, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for Mac, Kindle for iPad and more. Customers can read on their Kindle, read some on their iPad or Mac, and always pick up where they left off.
- Beautiful User Interface: The Kindle App user interface is tailored to the large size, look and feel of iPad. The new user interface with bold colors, animation and seamless user experience make Kindle on iPad a unique reading experience.
- Customizable Appearance: Customers can choose to dim iPad’s screen within the app to make reading easier regardless of the ambient light or time of day. Readers can also choose from three different background colors and alter the font color and size to customize the reading experience and help ease the strain on their eyes.
- Page Turn Animation: Kindle App for iPad offers an interactive experience with page turn animation designed to replicate the look of a page turning in a book. Customers who prefer a simpler, unadorned reading experience can choose the “Basic Reading Mode” option and turn off animation.
The Kindle App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information please visit: www.amazon.com/kindleforipad.
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