Feeds

Amazon spreads Kindleware to BlackBerries

But it can't leave the country

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Amazon has released Kindleware for BlackBerry handhelds - though it's only available to US users. At least for the moment.

The etailer of etailers is already offering iPhone and Windows apps that replicate the software built-in to its Kindle ereader handheld, but now you can tap your Kindle account from certain BlackBerry models, too.

While the physical Kindle is now available internationally - and other Kindle apps provide access to at least certain titles outside the US - the new Kindle for BlackBerry is only available to stateside users, though. Asked if an international version is in the works, a company spokeswoman said: "We don’t speculate on future plans."

Even if you don't own a physical Kindle, you can download Amazonian etitles from the new BlackBerry app and other Kindle apps. But if you do own an Amazon handheld, it will automatically synchronize with Kindle apps running on other devices via its built-in wireless connection. This means you can share titles you've purchased across dispararte devices, and as you move from device to device, your central Kindle account will keep track of, say, what page you've read to.

Amazon also says that Kindleware for the Mac and the imminent iPad will be available "soon." Mac-ness is the one area where the Kindle platform still trails Barnes & Noble's ebookware, which is available for the PC, iPhone, Mac, and certain BlackBerries and Motorola phones. In the fall, B&N released its own physical ereader, the Nook.

Amazon's PC and iPhone Kindle app are available for use outside the US. But Amazon says that "book availability may vary" if you're not stateside. "Content availability varies by country due to a number of factors. Each customer has a content catalogue associated with their region or country, and we display the appropriate catalogue for each customer," the company has told us.

Amazon sells ebooks in the DRMed .AZW format and the unprotected mobipocket format, the basis for AZW. Certain Kindles also read PDFs.

You can download the new Kindle for BlackBerry app here. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.