Amazon.com released its new free Kindle app for BlackBerry, allowing Research In Motion (RIM) smartphone users to access the retailer’s online catalog or more than 400,000 digital books for its Kindle e-reader and mobile apps associated.
I told you to wait for the Kindle BlackBerry app about two months ago, and Amazon finally decided to leave the app free in the wild. Kindle for BlackBerry lets you access your Kindle books even if you don’t have a Kindle handy; the app automatically syncs your last page read and annotations between devices using Amazon’s “Whispersync” technology; and you can create bookmarks and view annotations you’ve created on your Kindle in the past, according to Amazon.
In other words, you can use multiple devices – a Kindle, a PC, and your BlackBerry – to access the same Kindle content, and Whispersync will make sure your bookmarks and other notes are transferred to all of your gadgets.
You can also preview the first chapter of Kindle books before purchasing them. And an in-app Kindle Store makes it easy to build your library, with most books costing around $ 10. Unfortunately, Kindle newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot be accessed through Kindle for BlackBerry.
The app is initially available for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and 8900, Bold 9000 and 9700, Storm 9530 / Storm2 9550 and the Tour 9630. And it should work on all major US carriers, according to Reuters, although users outside of the US will need to be patient until an international version arrives … or just register a US address on your Amazon.com account. (Thank you, Bla1ze!)
For some reason I was unable to download the app to my T-Mobile 9700 – I keep getting internal server errors. But it downloaded very well on my Storm2 on Verizon. And I checked with a number of colleagues using different RIM handhelds on different carriers who had no problem downloading the app.
I’ve been using Amazon’s Kindle iPhone app for months, and it’s one of my favorite iPhone apps. So far, the BlackBerry version is very similar and should be a great eReader for BlackBerry users who haven’t used existing eReaders like Mobipocket or eReader or are already Kindle users.
Download the new Kindle app through the BlackBerry browser at Amazon.com/kindlebb. Or click Amazon.com for more information.
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