Amazon has just announced that they’ve launched a version of their Kindle application that’s optimized for devices running Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. For the 17 of you who own such devices, we’re pretty sure you’re jumping up and down right now. In all seriousness, Amazon is hitting it out of the park with their Kindle strategy. They let you buy a book once, and then let you read it on a wide range of devices, syncing your position within a book when switching between smartphone, tablet, and
PC/Mac. As always, the application is free, all you need to do is search for Kindle in the Android Market and off you go.
“We’ve taken all the features customers love about Kindle for Android, and created a beautiful new user interface and a seamless shopping experience tailored to the look and feel of Honeycomb tablets,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “As always, Kindle customers ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere,’ so Kindle for Android is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who own a Kindle and a way for customers around the world to download and enjoy books on their Android phone or tablet even if they don’t yet own a Kindle.”
Those last few words we highlighted for a reason. You don’t need to have Amazon’s Kindle to enjoy the content available for the Kindle, so if you’re itching to try out electronic books, chances are the mobile phone in your pocket can run Amazon’s Kindle app. When it comes to periodicals however, you’re going to need to cough up the dough and buy a Kindle, or better yet buy an iPad since chances are your favorite magazine is testing the tablet waters and are creating content that’s specially formatted for Apple’s luxury toy.