Bathroom reading ahoy! Now you can download a free iPhone app called Kindle and use it to
buy read e-books from Amazon:
The move comes a week after Amazon started shipping the updated version of its Kindle reading device. It signals that the company may be more interested in becoming the pre-eminent retailer of e-books than in being the top manufacturer of reading devices.
But Amazon said that it sees its Kindle reader and devices like the iPhone as complementary, and that people will use their mobile phones to read books only for short periods, such as while waiting in grocery store lines.
“We think the iPhone can be a great companion device for customers who are caught without their Kindle,” said Ian Freed, Amazon’s vice president in charge of the Kindle.
Caught without a Kindle? Isn’t that what happened to Gimli and Legolas when they were in the caves of Aglarond? I forget…
Correction: you can’t actually BUY books directly for the iPhone. You have to buy them through your Amazon account, but then the books can be read on either iPhone or Kindle, picking up where you left off.