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APP OF THE DAY: Amazon Kindle App

APP OF THE DAY: Amazon Kindle App

"A must-have app for avid bookworms"


Cost: Free | Developer: Amazon | Platform: iPhone OS, Android OS, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone 7 OS, PC and Mac | 9.7 MB |

As much as I lusted after e-book devices, I always thought they were a tad expensive for something that only performed one function.

Thankfully, the Amazon Kindle app imbues my phone and tablet with the power of an e-book reader without costing me a cent.

Being an Amazon product, the app is compatible with most smartphone and computing devices, including PCs. The range is huge from the Kindle Store with over 900,000 book titles to choose from.

Yes, most of them do cost money but most of e-books in the range are priced at under $US9.99 and some classic titles are available for free. I grabbed Vanity Fair and paid $0 for it. Samples where the first few chapters of a book are free is also great to try before you buy.

The latest version of the Amazon Kindle app has optimisation for Honeycomb tablets with a new layout and enhancements.

The reading experience is customisable. Users can easily adjust the size of the font, backlighting and background colour.

But the best thing about the Kindle app is the built-in dictionary. Definitions for selected words are displayed discreetly on screen so to no disrupt your reading experience.

This is a must-have app for avid bookworms.

Pros: Easy-to-use interface, provides some free titles and book sampling options, compatible with a number of devices

Cons: More free titles would be nice

Verdict: Great for bookworms and the dictionary features makes it a good learning tool for young readers.

Get it here: www.amazon.com

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