I’m definitely a fan of the digital book reading devices. If you read many books, you’ll want something that’s easy on the eyes – you know, like paper. And e-ink is really the way to accomplish — unlike LCD screens it doesn’t strain the eyes. But there are those times when it’s nice to “extend” your book to other devices. For example, My wife has used the Kindle iPhone app to continue reading a book she’s been reading on the stand-alone Kindle during times when she’s stuck waiting in line.
Amazon and Microsoft have announced a new Kindle app that will let you extend those Kindle books a little farther – onto a Windows PC. Beyond adding yet another device you can access your Kindle eBooks on, this app adds a few additional features to note including multitouch capability and color. Here’s the feature list mentioned on Amazon.com:
- Get the best reading experience available on your PC. 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
- Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle
This will allow the Kindle books to work on tablet PC’s sporting Windows 7 and multi-touch. Not for me, but I know a lot of you want a multipurpose computing device that also functions as a usable ebook reader. (Mac support is coming, too.) This is potentially as big or bigger news compared to this week’s Barnes & Noble Nook eReader. Make no mistake, the day of the eBook breakthrough into mainstream is extremely near.
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