Official Amazon Kindle book app

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  1. Zetaspawn

    Zetaspawn Well-Known Member

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    #1 Zetaspawn, Mar 4, 2009
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    Its out now and is available in the app store Now that's a smart move on their part. I'm on my iPhone so I can't provide a link but I think that this is a smart move for them. If you can't beat em join em.

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  2. hkiphone

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    Not only smart in getting iPhone users to buy from their ebook site (diverting buyers away from eReader.com, merged into Stanza), but also as a way to upsell to their Kindle reader. Maybe they hope that users will start to love the ebook format, but get upset at the iPhone's battery life and look to buy their device.
     
  3. squarezero

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    #3 squarezero, Mar 4, 2009
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    I just go it and downloaded my first book. So far it's no Classics (as far as UI) but it's not bad at all. The screen is certainly comfortable for reading, at least in normal conditions. (I have yet to see a Kindle in the flesh, so to speak, so I can't compare the iPhone to e-paper technology). I have to say that the idea of getting at this content (most recent releases) without having to 1) spent $300+ and 2) carry around another device seems great.

    As far as battery life is concerned, considering how little CPU power the application needs, I bet that you can read for hour and hours on the iPhone.
     
  4. Need

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    I just downloaded it. This is awesome. I used Stanza but Kindle has so many more books available and cheaper in most cases. I can see this app jumping up to the top very fast.
     
  5. iGewappnet

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    It's a shame this app is available in the US store only. But even if you have an US store account, it is not possible to buy eBooks with a non-US Amazon account.
     
  6. Chiller ONE

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    This just sucks! Screw this I'll continue use Stanza instead.
     
  7. hkiphone

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    No wonder I couldn't find it!!! Such a stupid idea....
     
  8. nickels

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  9. SSquared

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    Yeah, I meant to check out the iPhone version last night, but did not get around to it. Should be a good move for Amazon. I like reading on the iPod touch. My number 1 factor is that I can read in bed, with the lights off. You can't do that with the Kindle (no backlight).

    I only recently got Stanza.
     
  10. Khayman

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    Soo can i import my ereader books to Kindle?
    I have a lot of books that ive read on my iphone trough ereader.
     
  11. CandyNJ66

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    Woot!!! I downloaded this and can't wait to use it! This is great news!
     
  12. iGewappnet

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    No, of course not. The Kindle reader is for eBooks for the Kindle bought at amazon.com ONLY.
     
  13. lithiastudios

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    Brilliant move on Amazon's part, IMHO. Glad to see that Amazon realizes this will help Kindle sales and not hurt them. I think it's doubtful someone will say, "Well, I can read books on my iPhone's small screen, forget buying a Kindle.." but instead, they might say, "Wow, I've accumulated 20 Kindle books on my iPhone, maybe it's time I made the jump to a Kindle."

    I know I'm probably years away from buying a Kindle myself, but if I can buy an e-book in Kindle form, I will probably be all over it so I know I'm building up a library for the future.
     
  14. superbad

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    why do i need this? i get stanza + drinkmalk for free
     
  15. squarezero

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    The Kindle store has now over 200,000 titles, many of which are not legally available elsewhere (this is especially true for recent major-publisher titles). If you want to read legal versions of any of those books on your iPhone, you need this App.
     
  16. CandyNJ66

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    Hell yes. Thank goodness Amazon has the sense to do this. VERY smart move.
     
  17. GatorDeb

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    This is historic.

    I sold my Kindle for $400 (what I paid for it) about 2 months ago before the Kindle 2 was announced. I don't plan to buy a new one. Now I can read my purchased Kindle books again and buy more Kindle books :D

    I find the screen good enough to read.
     
  18. Misguided

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    Yup I downloaded it this morning and it's really neat. You can't order books directly from the app, but you can use Safari to order books and then when you load the app again, it automatically syncs up and finds it.

    Not a ton of text on the page and haven't given anything an extended read, but it seems reasonable enough. I downloaded two book samples this morning to try it out. One was by Michael Chabon, and the other one by my wife! :eek:
     
  19. CandyNJ66

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    What's your wife's name? I might check out her books :)
     
  20. Misguided

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    Caridad Ferrer. It was kind of funny to see her book on my phone.

    Anyway, I look forward to actually trying to read something on this. I used to be a voracious reader, but don't do much anymore. Perhaps this wouls spur me back into it.

    If anyone tries any extended reading, please comment on battery life.
     

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