Amazon.com Offering E-Books for iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Its been about one week since the Amazon.com Kindle 2 has been available for purchase.  But Amazon.com doesn’t want to leave Apple in the dark in terms of providing books on handheld devices.  Amazon is going to unveil a free application later today that will allow electronic books to be read on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  It will be available on the Apple App Store.

The application will have access to the same e-books, mags, and newspapers that are supported by the Kindle.  The application has a Whisper Sync feature that allows users to pick up where they left off when reading books.

The Amazon.com Kindle 2 currently retails for $359 and has a Text-to-Speech feature.  This feature was criticized by the Authors Guild.  As a settlement, Amazon.com made this feature optional for publishers.

[via CNET]