We're already aware that on Monday
Amazon.com will most likely be announcing Kindle 2. But will they also be announcing software for smartphones that will allow users to download, buy, and read Kindle books?
The New York Times says that Amazon.com has confirmed
that they are working on such software. According to Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Amazon:
"We are excited to make Kindle books available on a range of mobile phones. We are working on that now."
Obviously they'd be looking at iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry. I'd assume iPhone was a given, though as with any app destined for the App Store, it might be delayed by the approval process.
Does this mean Amazon.com is giving up on the Kindle? There's no way. The demand for the original Kindle over the holiday season was immense. And the Kindle and any dedicated e-book reader is superior to a smartphone for reading purposes.
That doesn't mean, however, that things won't change as smartphones continue to improve. So it can't hurt to get Kindle readers on as many platforms as possible.
We'll find out more Monday, perhaps.