Last week Samsung Electronics and Amazon announced a partnership to launch Kindle for Samsung, a custom-built eBook service.
The app is available now for all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that have Android 4.0 or above. As part of the service, Amazon and Samsung launched Samsung Book Deals, which will be available to everyone using Kindle for Samsung.
Samsung Book Deals will provide up to 12 free eBooks a year to all referred Galaxy device customers who use the service. People can choose a free book from a selection of four different titles every month. Each book is chosen specifically for Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners from a wide selection of prominent titles.
“We’re delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalised experiences for our customers,” said Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe.
“We’re thrilled that Samsung has chosen Kindle as their eBook provider,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, EU Kindle. “With Kindle for Samsung, people around the world will have instant access to the best digital bookstore and reading experience, including more than half a million titles that are only available from the Kindle Store, and innovative features like Whispersync, Time to Read and much more.”
Like the regular Kindle app the Kindle for Samsung app offers millions of best-selling books, newspapers and magazines delivered direct to mobile devices, the range includes over 500,000 titles which are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Other features include Whispersync, which saves and synchronises the last page read, so that a reader can always pick up wherever they left off and Worry-Free Archive, which automatically backs up the owner’s Kindle books to the cloud, so that they never need to worry about losing their books.
No, I’m not sure what makes this so different from the existing Android Kindle app either, other than the free books. I’ve asked the PR company handling this for more information and will update this post when I find out more.
Of course if you already own a [simpleazon-link asin=”B007HCCOD0″ locale=”uk”]Kindle[/simpleazon-link] you can borrow books from Amazon, which is almost as good and costs a lot less than a Samsung phone or tablet