The Amazon Kindle is a portable e reader that allows users to download, shop for, browse, and read e-books, blogs,magazines and newspapers. The original Kindle made it’s debut onto the digital media market in November 19, 2007, for US$399 and sold out in five and a half hours. February 23, 2009 saw Amazon release the Kindle 2.
Then in July 2010 Amazon released it’s most recent addition to the Kindle family. The “Kindle for Android” version of Kindle, often referred to as the Kindle 3.
Kindle is proving popular with digital readers and Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com said in January 2010 at a shareholders meeting that “millions of people own a Kindle.” Forrester Research‘s James Mc Quivey estimates that this figure is about 4 million as of mid January 2010.
Amazon have recently announced the Kindle for Android has an update that will allow readers to buy, read, and download over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek and more. The update will enable Kindle for Android users to either buy a single issue or subscribe to the newspapers and magazines which will then be delivered to their Android-powered device.
The Amazon press release states “”We want to give customers the freedom and flexibility to buy their newspapers and magazines once, and read them everywhere across the devices and platforms they chose–just like they do with Kindle books today,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for Android is our fastest-growing application, and we’re excited to launch over 100 newspapers and magazines for our Android customers.”
For a full listing of newspapers and magazines available on Kindle for Android, go to www.amazon.com/kindleappnewsstand.
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