Amazon has announced that it’s opening up the platform for its Kindle ebook reader, allowing for the creation of new applications, such as word games and restaurant reviews, for the device.
Amazon says that its Kindle Development Kit will ‘open up many possibilities’ for the device including travel books that suggest activities based on real-time weather and current events, while cookbooks could recommend menus based on the party-size and guests’ allergies.
Amazon’s announcement comes less than a week before the expected launch of Apple’s iTablet, which could be a rival to the Amazon Kindle.
Games and reviews on the Amazon Kindle
Software developers can register interest in developing applications for the Kindle through Amazon’s website. They will then be invited to begin work the following month.
Restaurant review guide Zagat, and games developer EA Mobile are both already working with Amazon.
For more information, read our ebook reader report
Which? technology researcher Ben Stevens, said: ‘Ebook readers are an emerging technology that are slowly catching on with the public. At the moment, many ebook readers only allow you to read books and newspapers, but with the introduction of new applications for the Kindle, we will see a more versatile device that has even broader appeal.’
The Amazon Kindle features a 6-inch screen and 3G internet connection for downloading books and newspapers from the Amazon online store. The Amazon Kindle DX is a larger version of the Kindle and features a 9.7-inch screen. It has just become available to UK consumers.
Amazon Kindle video
You can watch our video first look of the Amazon Kindle here, and we shall be first looking the Amazon Kindle DX in the next few weeks.
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