iPhones Turn Into Kindles, With Free App

Amazon hopes to corner iPhone's eBook market
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2009 7:46 AM CST
iPhones Turn Into Kindles, With Free App
In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, author Stephen King reads from his latest book "Ur" with the Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference for Amazon.com in New York.    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Amazon’s widely praised digital book reader is getting a second home on the iPhone, reports the Washington Post. Amazon is launching a free Kindle app today that has most of the Kindle functions. Though it won't have the Kindle’s ink-and-paper-like screen, the iPhone version will allow users to buy and download any Kindle-compatible book, adjust the type size, and bookmark pages.

It also has a feature that keeps track of your place in each book, even if you're reading it on several different Kindle-friendly devices. With the app, Amazon looks to sell eBooks to people who’d never shell out $360 for a Kindle, and kill the smaller eBook-over-iPhone vendors. (More Kindle stories.)

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