Ebook News

Amazon Launches Kindle App for Windows 8

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

ZoomLast week, Amazon announced the release of Kindle for Windows 8, the first product stemming from the company’s joint venture with Microsoft. The new app is tailored for the blocky new OS and is 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.”

Kobo Brings e-Readers and eBooks to Portugal

Kobo has expanded its relationship with FNAC to bring ebooks and e-readers to Portugal. The two companies will offer the first localized e-reading experience with local content, including favorite authors and books in Portuguese. e-Readers will be available in FNAC retail environments starting today with the Kobo Touch.

FNAC and Kobo have a storied relationship and helped originally bring e-readers to France back in 2011. Since then, ebook sales in France have tripled and both companies hope to replicate the success.

“This is an exciting time to be in the e-reading market, with significant growth in readers turning to ebooks in Europe and around the world. With our global experience, combined with our partnership with FNAC, I believe we can revolutionize reading in Portugal.” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo Inc.

“The Portuguese language is the common heritage to four percent of the seven billion inhabitants of the planet, across five continents. We feel this entry into the Portuguese ebook market is a priority for FNAC due to its growth potential. We are confident that this great partnership with Kobo can help transform the reading experience in Portugal while also further growing the number of titles available in Portuguese,” said Cláudia Almeida e Silva, General Manager FNAC Portugal.