Amazon releases Kindle app beta for Mac

Mac OS X users now can read their Amazon e-books with the new reader application. Kindle now spans several phones, computers, and e-reader devices.

Mac users now have a beta version of Amazon's Kindle application for electronic books.

First came the Kindle electronic book reader device itself. Then the applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and for Windows. Now Amazon has brought the e-reader software to Mac OS X.

The Kindle for Mac beta version, as with the other apps and devices, lets people read electronic books they've purchased through Amazon's Kindle Store, the U.S. version of which currently has 450,000 books for sale.

The free software lets people purchase new books, read books they've already bought, view notes and highlights but not make new ones, and synchronize bookmarks and the last page read across other Kindle technology.

A future version of the software will add full-text search and the ability to make notes, Amazon said. The software requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

Amazon also is working on a version of Kindle for Apple's iPad, a device that already comes with Apple's own electronic book technology.

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