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It’s about time! Looks like the wait may have been worth it for WebOS fans, as they’ll be getting a Kindle app on the new WebOS Touchpad! They’ll also have extra bragging rights since the Touchpad version of Kindle will be the first to support Collections (though presumably this means Android and iOS will be hot on its heels).
What’s very vague from the press release is whether Kindle will be coming to the Pre 3 or any other WebOS phones. Amazon doesn’t say, and HP didn’t mention it during their presentation today. It seems likely, but then again Amazon has ignored WebOS up until this point, and if they’re on the fence about it targeting the tablet over the phones may make more sense at this time.
In any case, at this point it mostly leaves Symbian as the last non-Kindle OS standing. Will Amazon spread the Kindle love to all those Nokia phones next?
Amazon Announces Free “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle App for webOS TouchPad
Amazon’s free “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle app that lets users read andsync over 810,000 of the most popular books will be available on the new HP TouchPad
SEATTLE, Feb 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com today announced that it will launch a free Kindle app for webOS tailored for the new HP TouchPad. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for webOS will let customers “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” – on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Android-based devices, and this summer, the HP TouchPad. Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off and never lose your place. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go towww.amazon.com/kindleapps.
“When you buy a Kindle book, you can already read it on Kindle and our free ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere’ apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and Android-based devices, so you never have to worry about what to do with your books if you change devices or platforms,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “We’re very excited to add webOS to this list. As with our other Kindle apps, the webOS app will be free and will incorporate our Whispersync technology so you can seamlessly switch between devices and platforms and never be without your reading.”
Kindle for webOS was demonstrated for the first time today at HP’s press conference announcing the new HP TouchPad.
“We’re working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books,” said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. “TouchPad’s beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it’s one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections.”
With Kindle devices and Kindle apps, customers can choose from over 810,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store – the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read–including New Releases and 103 of 110 New York Times Bestsellers. Over 670,000 of the books in the Kindle Store are $9.99 or less, including 73 New York Times Bestsellers. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.
Customers can learn more about the free Kindle apps at www.amazon.com/kindleapps.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.
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