Amazon Kindle for Mac coming, iPhone app availability grows

December 15, 2009

The world’s number one online retailer is greatly expanding its book reader franchise, opening it up to millions of new users around the world. And, that’s just another good reason to put a Mac, iPhone or iPod touch under the Christmas tree again this year.

Amazon has announced Kindle for Mac, though this free application isn’t yet available. Further, according to ITWire, the company is also expanding the number of countries where Kindle for iPhone (free, iTunes) can access the Kindle Store to more than 60.

Kindle for Mac features:

” No Kindle required
” Access 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
” Search and browse more than 360,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times Best Sellers (overseas availability varies)
” Find New York Times Best Sellers and new releases for $9.99
” Get free book samples””read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy
” Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle
” Kindle newspapers, magazines and blogs are not currently available for Kindle for Mac

In order to run Kindle on your Mac, you will need a 500MHz or faster PPC or Intel processor and at least 512MB RAM. The catch, however, is that you need to be running OS X 10.5 Leopard or later, which effectively excludes G3 Macs.

Have you been waiting for this application or are you already using another book reader application, like Stanza? That said, when it comes to digital books, I greatly prefer audiobooks…

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