Kindle for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Don’t have a Kindle, but want to read Kindle eBooks? Now you can, if you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Amazon has just released a free Kindle iPhone app that allows users to read Kindle ebooks on their iPhones or iPods. The app is meant to give Kindle uses added convenience and functionality, but you don’t have to have a Kindle to use it.

In some ways I think this is neat. There are lots of people who can’t afford a Kindle, or who are outside of the US, who might want to read ebooks that way. But there’s a part of me that thinks–who cares? Amazon only provides ebooks in their Kindle format, not multiple ebook formats. There’s already at least two free ebook readers for the iPod Touch and iPhone–Stanza and eReader. And, while I’ve read ebooks on my iPod Touch, and found it useful, it’s not an e-ink reader. It still gives me eye strain, where an e-ink reader wouldn’t.

What do you think? Is this exciting? Or blasé?

Thanks to GalleyCat for the info.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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3 Responses to Kindle for the iPhone and iPod Touch

  1. Jo says:

    Hey, reading is reading. I think it’s great that there are more options available to more people.

  2. Cheryl says:

    You’re right, Jo. I stand corrected. 🙂

  3. Hilkka says:

    Hi Cheryl,
    My daughter just got an iTouch, and I think any book reader would be great. She’s 12, and an avid reader. How is the Kindle on the iTouch? Do you recommend any other apps for teens/tweens on the iTouch?

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