For full and fair disclosure, I am an investor in Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN – News), and I receive their news alerts. They sent this before the crack of dawn, but I really didn’t have an opportunity to read it until late this morning.
Amazon has announced a Kindle for PC, which will allow folks to read Kindle books on their computer – you won’t have to buy a Kindle or an iPhone or iPod to read the Kindle content. That should really help (in my opinion) drive the eBook sales.
Quoting from the press release:
Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. Whether you read Kindle books on a Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the free Kindle applications, you can always have your reading with you and never lose your place. With Kindle for PC, you can read some on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off. Whispersync helped make the Kindle for iPhone application the most popular books app in the Apple App Store.
With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:
- Purchase, download and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
- Read the beginning of any book for free before they buy
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, textbooks and graphic novels
- Choose from more than 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
- Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
- View notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
- Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)
Kindle for PC is available for free download at www.amazon.com/KindleforPC