This is something we would have been really excited about if we were in college. Having a book and a word processing document open side-by-side would be a helpful way to write essays. (Especially if you could search the book or excerpt — which, unfortunately, you can’t.)
How about an app for the Apple iPad, which ships in a few weeks? We haven’t seen Amazon say anything about it in public yet.
But given how Apple is going to compete head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle store with its new iBookstore, it seems obvious that Amazon would want to keep itself in the e-book store fight with an awesome iPad app.
In the meantime, Amazon’s iPhone app will work on the iPad. It won’t be as good as a native iPad app, but it’s a start.
Update: Peter Kafka reminds us of this NYT post, where Amazon acknowledges the iPad exists, and that you’ll be able to read Kindle books on it somehow. We assume this means it is working on an iPad app, which is too obvious not to build.
“Commenting on the Apple announcement today, an Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said this: ‘Customers can read and sync their Kindle books on the iPhone, iPod Touch, PCs, and soon BlackBerry, Mac and iPad. Kindle is purpose-built for reading.'”
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