Kindle for iPhone
Yeah, you heard me. Amazon has released a Kindle for iPhone app, available free from the iTunes App Store.
If you have a Kindle, it gives you access to all of the Kindle books you have purchased, right on your iPhone, and also makes it dangerously easy to buy more. In addition, it has a feature called Whispersync: when you read a book on your Kindle with wireless access on, your Kindle automatically keeps track of what page you are on, and transmits that information to your Amazon account. With Kindle for iPhone, that means you can open up a book on your iPhone, if you are without your Kindle but have some time to kill, and can pick up reading exactly where you left off on your Kindle — and, of course, vice versa.
If you don’t have a Kindle, Kindle for iPhone will let you purchase, download, and read Kindle books straight on your iPhone. For those who feel that their iPhone screen is sufficient to read eBooks, and want to read more recent stuff than Project Gutenberg or Google Books can yet provide, you can make that happen here. And if you decide down the line that you want a Kindle after all, all of the eBooks that you purchase through Kindle for iPhone will transfer over.
For the record, I’m loving my Kindle more each day. It’s already increased the amount of reading I do, thanks in no small part to the controversial text-to-speech feature. I can “read” while I work, without having to buy a separate audiobook edition of the book. This is especially useful if no audiobook exists for the book I want to read. Multitasking and productivity FTW!
(Though, unfortunately, this feature may not be reliably active in the future, depending on the whims of authors/publishers. For the record, I think this whole text-to-speech controversy is retarded. I already bought the book, you already got the money. Let me read it how I want.)