Amazon Announces Application SDK for Kindle

Great, yet another app store, this time from Amazon, for the Kindle. Given the retail giant’s past, in particular with this device, the policies and controls are likely to be stifling. Couple that with the device’s technical limitations, and I’d suggest this may become a largely still born effort.

It also cuts against the grain of the Kindle as a single use device. One of the aspects of general purposes computers that hugely erodes their appeal for reading longer texts is the temptation to switch away to some other distraction. Amazon will no doubt make as much if not more money off of applications as book titles but it still feels like a dilution of one of the Kindle’s main attractions.

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