Read Kindle Books on Your BlackBerry

Last Updated Feb 18, 2010 1:16 PM EST

Back in December, we reported that a Kindle for BlackBerry app was imminent. And now it's finally here: Kindle for BlackBerry brings Amazon's 400,000-plus e-book library to your handset.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of e-books, and I've enjoyed reading them on my iPhone for many moons.

The Kindle app in particular is an awesome way to go, as it lets you read a sample (usually the first chapter) of any book before buying.

You don't need an actual Kindle to use the Kindle app, but if you do have one, the app will sync with it, automatically restoring the last page read on either device.


However, while you can browse the Kindle bookstore on your 'Berry, you can't yet buy books directly.

Nor can you search within books or create notes/highlights, though these features are in the works for a future update.

The app is compatible with the Curve 8520 and 8900, Bold 9000 and 9700, Storm 9530 and 9550, and Tour 9630. (It might work on other models as well; can't see why it wouldn't.)

I can't say it would be too pleasant to read books on a screen smaller than the Storm's, but there's no reason not to give it a try. You can get the app at the Kindle for BlackBerry page or by pointing your 'Berry's browser to amazon.com/kindlebb.

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