There is little doubt about the fact that the Kindle 3 is the best ebook reader out there, but Amazon seems intent on making its proprietary Kindle Store as popular by making free apps available for all manner of devices across which you can read your ebooks.
Amazon has today announced its plans to make the Kindle app available to all tablet/slate devices running either Android or Windows. This of course is Amazon just completing the Kindle world having already made apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android phones and many more and even announced last month Kindle for the Web. Today’s announcement from Amazon talks about “new tablet computers coming in 2011” which is another indication of the huge amount of tablets we are likely to see here at CES in the coming week.
Amazon announced the new Kindle apps will be tailored specifically for Android and Windows-based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store – which has over 775,000 books currently available. Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" – on devices such as the Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices.
With the Kindle iPad app among the top ten free apps for Apple's tablet last year, it is clear to see that it is popular. “Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer," said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. Nicholls may be right at the moment but with belts continuing to tighten, and technology changing will people continue to buy the Kindle in addition to a tablet, or could we see consumers download the free app on their tablets only. We’ll have to wait and see.