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Amazon Launches Kindle App for Windows 8

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Now you can read your favorite Kindle-based books on any Windows 8 or Windows RT device.

Last week, Amazon announced the release of Kindle for Windows 8, a new e-reader app tailored for the blocky new OS. It's now available for free directly from the Windows Store.

"We’re excited that Amazon created a Kindle app designed especially for Windows 8," said John Richards, senior director of Windows App Marketing for Microsoft Corp. "Kindle’s great content ecosystem and immersive experience on Windows 8 make it a great choice for our customers around the world."

Now Windows 8 consumers can enjoy Amazon’s selection of over 1.5 million books, including more than 200,000 exclusive titles. Thanks to Whispersync technology, users can stop reading a book on one device and pick up where they left off on another, as the service automatically syncs a customer’s last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all of their Kindle devices and Kindle apps.

For this Windows 8 version, Kindle customers can pin their books to the Start screen for instant access to their favorite titles, and search their library and the Kindle store with the Search charm. Customers can even use the Share charm to share favorite passages and recommended books to friends and other apps without leaving the "Kindle experience".

"The Kindle ecosystem offers customers massive selection and the lowest prices, along with hundreds of thousands of books that are only available in the Kindle Store. We’re excited to make the best content selection, along with all of the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem, available on Windows 8," said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "We’re thrilled that leading manufacturers have selected the Kindle ecosystem for pre-load on their new Windows 8 devices."

To get Kindle for Windows 8, download it for free here.

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    assasin32 , October 29, 2012 1:20 AM
    Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.
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    the1kingbob , October 29, 2012 1:40 AM
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.


    You can still install programs, apps have not and are not replacing programs. I have used the default apps that come with win8 and they are quite functional and aren't all that flashy.
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    nukemaster , October 29, 2012 1:45 AM
    App/Application/Program, Its all the same thing

    Apps just have the "cool" name people like.
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    alextheblue , October 29, 2012 1:56 AM
    That's good news. I like being able to access my Kindle library on all my devices... that's one of the great things about Amazon. Of course I do most of my reading on a Kindle e-reader because I love the e-ink display. But it's nice to be able to do a little reading here and there during downtime when I don't have my Kindle with me. It's also great for searching for a particular thing in your library to show someone.
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.
    Err, other than the name not much has changed. They're still programs, and they're just as lean or bloated as their "non-app" version would be. I preferred the broader term "software", myself. But application being shortened to just "App" is not the end of the world. Although "Apps" plural actually sounds kind of warez-y to me.
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    thecolorblue , October 29, 2012 1:57 AM
    microsoft has successfully ruined windows

    bravo
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    silver565 , October 29, 2012 2:00 AM
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.



    Take a chill pill. It's just a name
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    Cryio , October 29, 2012 4:50 AM
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.


    We always had "apps". Even though before it was the term for applications, now it refers to programs specifically written for touch. Apps always existed still.
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    Cryio , October 29, 2012 4:50 AM
    thecolorbluemicrosoft has successfully ruined windowsbravo


    How?
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    hydac7 , October 29, 2012 7:22 AM
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.


    Absolutely , totally agreed :| apps are way too shiny and not that smarty ..
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    safcmanfr , October 29, 2012 7:35 AM
    assasin32Well this sucks we now have "apps" instead of programs for computers. Another words bloated software which looks shiney with little functionality.


    You can get the standard program if you want (on Win 8 pro)... The "app" is only a necessity for Windows 8 RT.

    Personally I quite like the idea of having individual books pinned to the "start menu" (metro menu) - especially reference books which I regularly switch between.
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    robmif76 , October 29, 2012 8:44 AM
    Another piece of news regarding Windows 8.

    We should burn something.
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    tser , October 29, 2012 10:18 AM
    Robmif, I hope you have enough stuff to burn , cause I think in the years to come a lot of news will be on the air regarding windows 8! And you know what.. it actually works pretty well.. just remember how to press ctrl+esc! Finding things by typing them and pinging them to the taskbar never was easier :)  Upgraded last weekend, and still happy!
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    thebigt42 , October 29, 2012 12:03 PM
    the1kingbobYou can still install programs, apps have not and are not replacing programs. I have used the default apps that come with win8 and they are quite functional and aren't all that flashy.

    An App is a Program....it is just a hipster's naming convention.
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    thebigt42 , October 29, 2012 12:04 PM
    CryioHow?
    with Metro....Install Classic Shell and make Win 8 mostly harmless
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    ojas , October 29, 2012 12:08 PM
    I don't know, "apps" always reminds me of smartphone/tablet oriented programs.
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    cephas1982 , October 29, 2012 1:34 PM
    I rented a book from amazon for class and it only works with the kindle pc application. The windows 8/android apps are not compatible.
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    ojas , October 29, 2012 4:05 PM
    BTW, i wonder what this means for Microsoft's plans with Barnes & Noble...
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    alextheblue , October 30, 2012 3:42 AM
    cephas1982I rented a book from amazon for class and it only works with the kindle pc application. The windows 8/android apps are not compatible.
    So.... get the Kindle PC software? Win8 still runs anything that runs on Win7. :/ 
    ojasBTW, i wonder what this means for Microsoft's plans with Barnes & Noble...
    Uh... nothing? Amazon made this app, not MS. MS likes it because it have the potential to bring in customers already using Amazon software on other platforms, including Kindle's own Fire. But it doesn't mean MS is changing their plans to work with B&N for various things.
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2012 5:43 PM
    how do i keep my already downloaded books to kindle app????
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    Anonymous , February 11, 2013 4:01 AM
    Actually, "application" was the original term. "Program" came later.
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