Amazon.com, Inc. has announced "Kindle for PC," the free application that lets readers enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC).
The U.S. Kindle Store currently offers over 360,000 books, including New Releases and 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically US$9.99 or less.
With this new launch Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC.
Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. Whether you read Kindle books on a Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the free Kindle applications, you can always have your reading with you and never lose your place. With Kindle for PC, you can read some on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off. Whispersync helped make the Kindle for iPhone application the most popular books app in the Apple App Store.
"Kindle for PC is the perfect companion application for folks who own a Kindle or Kindle DX," said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "Kindle for PC is also a great way for people around the world to read the most popular books of today even if they don’t yet have a Kindle."
With Kindle for PC, readers can purchase, download, and read books available in the Kindle Store, access their entire library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free.
Amazon also says Kindle for PC will incorporate touch technology when used on Windows 7 and compatible displays. Microsoft demonstrated Kindle for PC at the Windows 7 launch event in New York City.
“Customers have told us that they want access to a wider variety of content and an increasingly diverse set of form factors,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Platform Strategy at Microsoft. “With the announcement of Kindle for PC, Amazon is making its massive selection of Kindle books available on the world’s most widely used platform. The new Kindle for PC’s use of Windows 7 features such as Jump Lists and Windows Touch demonstrates how Windows 7 makes new things possible.”
In addition to Windows 7, Kindle for PC will also be compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Kindle for PC will be available to customers around the world as a free download from November 2009.