iPhone App Spotlight: Kindle

10 years ago in Contributors, iPhone App Spotlight by John Fuller | 1 Comment

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If you don’t feel like paying close to $400 for a Kindle, you’re probably not alone. Lucky for you, Amazon created the Kindle for iPhone app, which is free (if you factor out the cost of the iPhone).

Dubbed as a ‘wireless reading device’, the Kindle is an e-book reader with free, built-in 3G connection to Sprint for downloading books at the Amazon store. Kindle also comes with Whispernet, which is Amazon’s network for synchronizing your content across the web, your kindle, and other devices.

The Kindle iPhone app also uses the Whispernet technology to download your book library and track your reading status so that you can immediately pick up where you left off on your Kindle.

Many of the features of the hardware Kindle are retained in the iPhone app, such as the ability to view bookmarks, change text size, and the location bar at the bottom. However, the iPhone app can not add annotations, read aloud, or sync up with periodicals and other documents. It can change the coloring of text, which might come in handy for making the reading experience more comfortable. The killer feature of the Kindle is also available in the iPhone app – access to Amazon’s book catalog.

While the Kindle app is great as far as iPhone ebook readers go, it’s not a full fledged Kindle, but an accessory. It is available for free in the app store.

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