Kindle For Mac Now Available Worldwide: What Now, iPad?

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It has finally happened. Amazon has caved to the vocal minority, and Kindle for Mac has finally launched. It's funny timing, really, given just how close the world is to receiving the iPad and the iBookstore, but Amazon knows that it better get in on the Mac market while it can, and before Apple grabs hold like it has done with the music market/iTunes.

Amazon announced awhile back that a Kindle for Mac application was on the way, and now it's available for consumers in over 100 countries to download. Amazon has already reached out and put their Kindle store onto the iPhone and iPod touch, and of course that app will also work on the iPad. Kindle for Mac features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices, which allows users to ead some on their Mac, read some on their Kindle, and always pick up where they left off.

Amazon has built a really solid business model here, and we're glad to see them reaching for the Mac market. But it should really be interesting to see how far Apple will allow them to go with the iPad and iBookstore on the horizon. We might just have yet another Cold War on our hands here.


With Kindle for Mac, readers can take advantage of the following features:

  • 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

Several features will be added to the Kindle for Mac app in the near future, including full text search and the ability to create and edit notes and highlights. Kindle for Mac is available to customers around the world as a free download. To download the free app, visit www.amazon.com/kindleformac.


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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 11:55 AM

This is kind of like the Google thing moving into home entertainment. Amazon is one of those companies many companies want in there bed. That is until they get a divorce and Amazon gets the house, the car, custody of the kids, and spousal support.

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That's not going to happen with Apple though; they're one of the most closed companies I've ever seen. If anything, they'll just subtly break Amazon's app or make their OS slightly incompatible so that they keep their own hold on things. If on the other hand there already is an Amazon app for Mac (by this I mean, the shopping side of Amazon), or soon will be, Amazon only has to integrate the two and Apple won't get rid of it easily, since even iPad and iPhone users will want to search Amazon from their handy app.

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RyuGTX replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 5:59 PM

As far as the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad, I think it would be a complement to the iPad. Since opinions on the iPad are of an oversized iTouch, then the only real thing that could enhance its value at this point (without changing hardware/software on the iPad itself) would be to have more meaningful apps. I think this is a win-win situation.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Mar 19 2010 1:03 AM

I don't think they'll subtly break their app. The app is coded just like any other Macintosh app. The only way they can break it is if they made the OS not launch Amazon's Kindle for Mac. But that would be anti-competitive.

But it's still interesting to see where this will go. I'm rooting for the Kindle because I'm not fond of that paperweight iPad.

 

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Well this is kinda a simple no-brainer. E-Books will eventually be a singular file format like PDF's. Then wherever you have adobe reader installed, you can view it, whether it is on a mac,PC, Iphone, Ipad...etc.

So Adobe is part of apple, what happens when Apple merges with Amazon, and Amazon merges with Google, then Google takes over Microsoft, which buys Sony and netflicks? Which then becomes big enough to take over Disney/Pixar, and buys Time/Warner, plus Dish/DirectTV, then basically controlling all media/software. Finally moving on to merge with companies like Lockheed/Martin, Boeing, GE, and Daimler Chrysler? Where does it end, and what happens if it fails?

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