Amazon Open Up The Kindle To Software Developers

Amazon continue their active and aggressive strategy with the Kindle e-reader this morning with the announcement of the Kindle Development Kit. This kit will give software developers access to programming interfaces, tools and documentation to build application and active content and allow them to sell it in the Kindle Store. Developers can go here and sign up to be notified when the limited beta starts next month.
Amazon have been pretty busy this week with their push on the Kindle with announcements about the Kindle format being made available to publishers and authors globally, and just yesterday, the new 70/30 royalty deal.
Amazon’s PR activities this week come ahead of next week’s announcements on the new Apple Tablet.
Here is part of the press release.
“The Kindle Development Kit enables developers to build active content that leverages Kindle’s unique combination of seamless and invisible 3G wireless delivery over Amazon Whispernet, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, and long battery life of seven days with wireless activated. For example, Handmark is building an active Zagat guide featuring their trusted ratings, reviews and more for restaurants in cities around the world, and Sonic Boom is building word games and puzzles…

Starting next month, participants in the limited beta will be able to download the Kindle Development Kit, access developer support, test content on Kindle, and submit finished content. Those wait-listed will be invited to participate as space becomes available. The Kindle Development Kit includes sample code, documentation, and the Kindle Simulator, which helps developers build and test their content by simulating the 6-inch Kindle and 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux desktops.”

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