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Kindle for iPhone — the killer e-book app


It seems like everyone is excited by Inc.’s new Kindle 2 e-book reader. Unfortunately — especially in these less-than-prosperous times — there’s one little problem: the $359 price tag.

Well, if you’re the owner of an Apple iPod Touch or iPhone, you now have an alternative:’s free application, called Kindle for iPhone, which now lets you buy and read Kindle e-books on your iPhone or Touch. And you know what? It works great!

What is it? Once you download this petite application from Apple’s App Store, you can use it to buy and read Kindle e-books on your iDevice even if you don’t own a Kindle. (If you have a Kindle, the new app also lets you use your iPhone or Touch to read e-books you’ve already purchased for your Kindle — perhaps for times when you want to travel light.) I’ll doubtlessly buy a Kindle someday, but in today’s market, being able to read new e-books on my 16GB iPod Touch works just fine for me.

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