Amazon Kindle has had decent sales for an e-book reader, considering its primitive nature. The device does not set the world on fire with its features, but it has met some level of excitement from e-book fans. Amazon may have not been able to develop a shiny gadget as good as those of Apple, but it has been smart enough to bring Kindle to other devices. Amazon Kindle software is available for PC, smartphones, and now for Mac. It allows you to read the books that you have bought from Kindle store on your devices. Amazon Kindle for Mac that has just been released does make things a whole lot interesting between Apple and Amazon. For starters, we do know that Apple and Amazon will be competing over the e-book market in the upcoming years. The iPad is already putting huge numbers on the board and can become the top e-book reader on the market in a very short time. This latest move by Amazon could be just a start as Amazon may bring its Kindle app to the iPad as well.
Here is what Kindle for Mac is capable of (according to Amazon.com):
- Purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
- Choose from 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, and Kindle for iPhone
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books and textbooks
The more interesting piece of news was the hint by Amazon that a Kindle app for iPad is in the works. We have been skeptical of that move as that could take a bite out of ebooks that Apple could be selling through its own service. Will Apple disable such an app on iPad?
Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC and Mac, and soon the iPad.
Apple could technically reject Kindle app for iPad. That would obviously open a can of worms. Besides, allowing such an app will make the iPad the device to beat in the e-book reader market. None of the current e-readers on the market can beat the iPad with their features. Considering that the current market leader is thinking of bringing its platform to iPad, there are many reasons Apple should say yes to such a move. The question at this point is whether Amazon Kindle hardware has a future.