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Kindle App Officially Coming to Android this Summer

The free Android Kindle app was announced this morning and book lovers are throwing parties across the globe.  And what should make readers of this site even happier is the photo of the Motorola Droid front and center on their campaign to spread the news.  (Yay!)

Press Release…

Introducing Kindle for Android

Free Android app for reading allows customers to enjoy over 540,000 Kindle books on Android phones; Amazon offers Kindle apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and, soon, Android
SEATTLE, May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Android phones, is coming this summer. Kindle for Android enables customers to discover and read from over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store — the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read — including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will include Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com.

“Kindle for Android is the perfect companion application for Kindle and Kindle DX owners, and is also a great way for customers to enjoy over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store even if they don’t yet have a Kindle,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to a massive selection of books from Amazon on their Droid, Nexus, Incredible and many more Android devices.”

Android owners can take advantage of the features that customers love about Kindle and Kindle app experience, including:

  • Search more than 540,000 books, including 96 of 110 New York Times Bestsellers, plus tens of thousands of the most popular classics for free directly from their Android device. Bestsellers such as “Backlash” by Aaron Allston, “Big Girl” by Danielle Steel, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, and “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown, and hundreds of thousands of other popular books are $9.99 or less in the Kindle Store
  • Browse by genre or author, and take advantage of all the features that customers enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalized recommendations and editorial reviews
  • Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books storedon Amazon’s servers for free
  • Synchronize last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android
  • Choose from five different font sizes
  • Read the beginning of books for free before they decide to buy
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

Customers can see a sneak peak and sign up to receive an e-mail when Kindle for Android is available at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid.

Details from Amazon…(after the jump!)

Read Kindle books on your Android phone

  • Get the best reading experience available on your Android phone. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible device
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode
  • Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

Shop for books in the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone

  • Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly
  • Search and browse more than 500,000 books, including more than 96 of 110 New York Times bestsellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary
  • Find New York Times® Best Sellers and new releases from $9.99
  • Get free book samples. Read the beginning of books for free before you decide to buy
  • Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile devices
  • Kindle newspapers, magazines and blogs are currently not available on Kindle for Android

Technical Details

  • Requires Android OS 1.6 or greater
  • Requires an SD card
  • Supports Droid Incredible, Google Nexus One, HTC MyTouch, Motorola CLIQ, Motorola Droid, and many more Android phones

Go Android go!

Source: Amazon

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Steve

    I downed Kindle App. I then tried to search for a Kindle e-book that was just published. My search could not find it by author nor be abbreviated title. What is wrong? I wanted to buy this book.

  • IdleMind85

    Yay! Its here! I just downloaded it on my Moto Droid – so happy!!!

  • IdleMind85

    Yay! Its here! I just downloaded it on my Moto Droid – so happy!!!

  • arf24

    you could always do what i do and use the aldiko app to read books. you just need to change your book format to epub. pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

  • p0k3y

    Amazon is getting desperate as Kindle is getting killed by the likes of ipad. Who wants to pay $299 for a black and white pad that can only reads books? Count me out of this one – no way I am paying $10 for this. Not even if it's free.

  • pollita-droid

    I'm sorry but I can't see spending 10 bucks a pop to read a book off my droid~

    • http://www.madeofawesome.net JimK

      Yeah but if you have a Kindle this becomes a value extender. Also a way to further extend the Kindle store/app ecosystem beyond the Kindle hardware.

  • RayP

    I am so happy about this. I love my kindle, but I have to share it with wife and kids. Now I will have the ability to use my Droid for my kindle reading!!! Awesome.

  • CCWINAZ

    I can't read my emails on the Droid (thanks to no font adjustment) how am I going to read a book!!!!!!!!!

  • rocketdaddy

    I'm glad to see this but Amazon is a day late and dollar short on this one. If they had provided this app 2 months ago I'd have jumped on it. Now I'm quite cerrtain I'll be buying books from Google as soon as the google reader and market are online. More books cheaper from google. I like the proposed google sales model far better than Apple's or Amazon's. More freedom for authors, publishers and readers with Google.

  • natewolfe

    What i find most interesting is that the “Nook Reader for Android” is STILL not out. The nook is Android-based. Funny that Kindle can beat them to the market given that the android reader for the Nook has been in development for 8 months or more

  • http://www.madeofawesome.net JimK

    This will be perfect for me…I uhh…I heard that some people – yeah that's it – I heard that some people can break the Amazon DRM and make unencrypted mobi files out of books, which then can be transcoded to another format and put on a Droid. But then…uhh…those people…that are not me…might have been reading on the Kindle the night before, but the next day they have some time in a waiting room or what have you. Well then I…uhh…these other people…would have to manually find their place in the book on the Droid. That is fun exactly once. And not even then. Or so I hear.

    Give me…uhh…those other people…Whispersync across all platforms and I'll just stop…I mean THEY, THEY will just stop breaking DRM all together as there's no longer any compelling reason to do so.

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Niiiice. My mom will love this! :-P