Just a couple of days ago, people were talking about how Nook allows you to sync your device with your other gadgets and even with your PC and Kindle doesn’t. Amazon didn’t take long to address the situation. Amazon Kindle for PC will allow you to buy books from Amazon and read them on your personal computer without having to jump through hoops. As I mentioned earlier this week, Amazon did probably drop the ball and sat too comfortably on its lead in the e-book market. Both Sony Reader and Nook offer the same functionality, so instead of taking the lead, Amazon is playing catch up in this area.
Amazon Kindle for PC is expected to be released as a free download and will work on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. No word on whether Amazon is planning a Mac client, but there is no reason not to. The move does make netbooks a major competitor to e-book readers. Netbooks may not be equipped with E-ink technology, but they are very popular these days. If you don’t have a problem carrying multiple gadgets with you on the go, then you can take both your netbook and Kindle with you. But if you have take one, you can take your netbook knowing that you can continue reading your Kindle books on it.
People have talked about how Nook poses the biggest threat to Amazon Kindle. Nook is a threat but not as big a threat as multi-dimensional products such as netbooks. And now thanks to Amazon Kindle for PC, your netbook can do almost everything your Kindle can. Your netbook won’t probably be as convenient to read your e-books on, but it’s cheap, portable, and a capable portable personal computer.
With Apple and Microsoft planning their own multi-purpose tablets, e-book readers will face more serious challenges in the near future. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see Amazon finally giving its customers what they have wanted for a long time.