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Amazon is prepping Kindleware for Android and Windows tablets.

On Tuesday, the etailer announced that its tailoring free Kindle apps for new Android- and Windows-based tablets "coming in 2011." The apps will allow tablet users to download and read ebooks from Amazon's Kindle bookstore – even if they don't own a physical Kindle ereader.

Amazon already offers Kindleware for the Apple iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerries, and Android-based handsets. With these apps, you can share titles you've purchased across multiple devices, and as you move from device to device, your central Kindle account will keep track of, say, what page you're on. The same will apply to the new tablet apps.

According to Amazon, "many people" are buying a physical Kindle reader as well as an "LCD tablet computer" – code for an iPad. "We’re very excited to support the upcoming Android and Windows LCD tablet computers with free Kindle apps that we’ll tailor for the particular devices," read a canned statement from Amazon's Kindle director Dorothy Nicholls.

The announcement comes on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Microsoft is expected to reveal a tablet-happy version of Windows. ®

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