Wednesday, October 27, 2010

iPad Readable Newspapers & Magazines Coming to Amazon, Plus eBook Lending Later This Year

Newspapers and magazines will soon be readable on the iPad, and iPad owners will be able to lend ebooks to friends later this year.

The Amazon Kindle Team, writing in a forum called “Coming Soon For the Kindle,” said periodicals bought by way of Amazon will at last be readable on the iPad and other devices by way of a planned free App

Our vision is Buy Once, Read Everywhere, and we're excited to make this possible for Kindle periodicals in the same way that it works now for Kindle books,” the team said. “More details when we launch this in the coming weeks.”

Later in the year, they said, Amazon will publish tools to let iPad readers and anyone with a Kindle or app-compatible device lend books.

Here is the full text from the forum:

We wanted to let you know about two new features coming soon.

“First, we are making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on our free Kindle apps, so you can always read Kindle periodicals even if you don't have your Kindle with you or don't yet own a Kindle. In the coming weeks, many newspapers and magazines will be available on our Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and then we'll be adding this functionality to Kindle for Android and our other apps down the road.

“Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.

“We will post to the forum later this year when these features are available.”

Forum members have chimed in with over 400 posts, some praising upcoming magazine availability, a number already chafing at the limitations on loan periods.

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