Amazon releases free Kindle app for Android users

Amazon expanded its presence in the electronic book business with the release of a new Kindle application called Kindle for Android.

Amazon expanded its presence in the electronic book business with the release of a new Kindle application called Kindle for Android, which is available as a free download for phones operating on Google's Android platform.

Users now have the ability to wirelessly synchronize all Kindle-equipped devices, access free book samples, and adjust font size. Amazon announced that Android owners can expect several new features, including the ability to search through book content and purchase new books from within the application.

This development puts Amazon ahead of its competitors by providing users with “read-everywhere” capabilities and offering Kindle applications for a wide-range of devices: iPhones, iPads, PC and Mac computers, Blackberry smartphones, and Android-powered phones. Comparatively, electronic books purchased from the Apple iBookstore can only be read on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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