March 04, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
Since you’ve probably seen the commercials a few times, you know there’s an App for just about everything you can think of doing with an iPhone (and iPod touch, for that matter).
Now that includes the incorporation of another popular gadget, Amazon’s hot Kindle—and recently unveiled Kindle 2—electronic book reader.
You won’t get features like read aloud, dictionary and annotation inserts, according to USA Today, but the free “Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch” app will give you access to the 240,000-plus e-books that Kindle and Kindle 2 owners have.
You still have to make purchases (generally $9.99 per title) through Amazon’s store, because they’re not available in Apple’s App or iTunes stores. You also can’t transfer magazine, blog or newspaper subscriptions, so you’ll have to stick with the Internet connection on your iPhone for that stuff.
The Whispersync technology will, however, let you e-read seamlessly from one device to another. So if you’re eyes begin straining from reading on your iPhone, you can stop and pick up right where you left off if you want to continue on the larger Kindle screen.
Then when you’re eyes really start to strain, you can try to find the large print edition of the book at your local library. Happy reading!
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