Amazon readies Kindle app for Android with online buying

Amazon readies Kindle app for Android

Amazon has announced plans to lob a free Kindle app in the direction of Android users, letting them  download and read eBooks without having to shell out for a Kindle device.

The app will come with all the usual Kindle goodness and sync with other devices and support notes and bookmarks.

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The Android app follows on from the  iPhone version, although Amazon says that the Android version will come with a useful bonus: the ability to buy books directly from the app – something that is not possible on the iPhone app.

Amazon readies Kindle app for Android

The Android Kindle app will unleash access to a massive 500,000 titles (but don’t be surprised if us Brits end up with a smaller catalogue than our US cousins), and we can forget all about newspapers and magazines being available at launch, too.

Android Kindle main features:

  • Get the best reading experience available on your Android phone. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible device
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode
  • Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

Amazon is currently keeping schtum about the release date, but impatient users can register for release notification now.