Amazon App Allows Kindle Books on PCs

Free download will let anyone buy and download e-books
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2009 3:31 PM CDT
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos displays a Kindle.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – Amazon will introduce a free software app next month that will allow Kindle users to read their e-books on their PCs. What's more, the app works for non-Kindle owners: Anyone with an Amazon account will be able to buy the books and download them to their Window-based computers, notes CNET. (A Mac app will come later.) The move comes as Amazon faces stepped-up competition and is working to make its e-reader as user-friendly as possible.

"Amazon, unsurprisingly, isn’t positioning the Windows-based Kindle app as a replacement for its Kindle device," writes Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet. "Instead, as it does currently with the iPhone, it is positioning it as a complement to a Kindle reader."