In a bit of surprising news, Amazon today announced that an Android application for their popular e-book Kindle service is now available on the Android market for your download pleasure.
The Kindle application does require Android 1.6 or greater, and allows users to search, browse, and purchase e-books from Amazon’s 600,000+ book database, right from the comfort of their Android phone. Users will not, however, be allowed to view or purchase Amazon’s newspaper, magazine, and blog database.
What’s great about the Kindle application is that it remembers what page you left off on, and automatically pulls you to that page when you launch any of Amazon’s Kindle applications, be it Kindle for PC, iPhone, or on your Kindle device itself. This is quite convenient and gives it one step up on several other e-book reader applications out there today. Add on Amazon’s impressive book database and you have yourselves one killer, must-have e-book application for the Android platform.
But don’t take our word for it, if you have Android 1.6+, go and download the Kindle app for yourself. The application itself is free, though most of the premium books will set you back about $10.
More information on Kindle for Android can be found an Amazon’s Kindle for Android website.