Engadget passed along the word that Samsung and Amazon have negotiated a "custom-built" Kindle book store for Galaxy devices. Avid readers will be getting a lot from Sammy's "custom everything" approach to apps - owners of the Galaxy S5 (and more Samsung devices later) will be entitled to 12 free books a year, in addition to four "prominent" titles a month to choose from - we don't know whether that means free, or discounted books. The service will launch in the next two weeks.
Recently, Amazon partnered up with Samsung to bring its 4K Instant Video streaming service on the company's 4K TV-sets, so if anything, it seems the two have begun a beautiful friendship.
Unfortunately, that's all the information we have for the moment. We'll update the news if an official announcement pops up sometime soon.
UPDATE: And here we go with the official announcement. The Kindle for Samsung app is immediately available from Samsung Apps for the Galaxy S5, along with existing Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets above Android 4.0 in over 90 countries. As part of the service, Amazon and Samsung will launch Samsung Book Deals, available to all customers using Kindle for Samsung. It provides up to 12 free eBooks a year to all referred Galaxy device’s customers who use the service. Users can choose a free book from a selection of four different titles every month. Each book is chosen specifically for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users from a wide selection of prominent titles.
The Kindle for Samsung app comes with all of Amazon's familiar reading functionality, including Whispersync (which syncs your books and reading progress on all your devices), Time to Read (shows you how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on your reading speed), and Worry-Free Archive (automatic back-up of your Kindle books to the cloud).
source: Samsung, Engadget
Samsung Book Deals provides up to 12 free eBooks a year to all referred Galaxy device’s customers who use the service. Users can choose a free book from a selection of four different titles every month. Each book is chosen specifically for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users from a wide selection of prominent titles.
“We are 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 personalized 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.”
Kindle for Samsung offers readers millions of best-selling books, newspapers and magazines on their mobile devices including over 500,000 titles which are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Other features include Whispersync, which saves and synchronizes the last page read across devices, so that a reader can always pick up wherever they left off. Time to Read shows how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on personalized reading speed. Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up the user’s Kindle books to the cloud, so that they never need to worry about losing their books.
Kindle for Samsung is immediately available in over 90 countries from Samsung apps.
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