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Amazon Releases Kindle App for BlackBerry for US Only

Kindle-BlackBerry Nikolaus and Douglas let us know that Amazon has released their Kindle app for BlackBerry. We knew it was coming “soon” but I am glad “soon” did not mean years. The new app looks really good and provides a nice reading experience. I think the coolest part is that it synchronizes the last page you read with other Kindle devices. The main downside is that the Kindle app for BlackBerry is only available in the US for some odd reason…

You can pick up the app OTA or read more about it at

Features include:

  • Get the best reading experience available on your BlackBerry. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile device
  • Search and browse more than 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • Find New York Times Best Sellers and new releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • Get free book samples – read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy
  • Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile device
  • Kindle newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not currently available for Kindle for BlackBerry
  • Kindle for BlackBerry is available to U.S. customers only

Future improvements listed below look promising but they make no mention of making the app international:

  • Scrolling
    In addition to page-by-page navigation, you will be able to scroll text line-by-line.
  • Create Notes and Highlights
    Along with viewing the notes and highlights you created on other Kindle devices, you will be able to create and edit notes and highlights.
  • Search
    You will be able to search within your book.
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  1. If you haven’t bought Kindle books before, some are free after discounts, so you can see how you like the service.

  2. It works outside the US. Hope they don’t deactivate it in the future.

  3. They do not allow the user to change the screen colors. Black text on white background is really hard to read in low light… Looks like I am stuck with Mobipocket 🙁

  4. I still think a blackberry is too small to read books, but I downloaded it anyway. I have some kindle books that I haven’t read yet. Figure I’ll at least try.

  5. sniff, sniff…do I smell an iPad lurking in the shadows?

  6. I’ve tried several times to download from my Blackberry but keep getting a 500 error. I’m trying this from an AT&T Bold that I just updated to OS 5.0. Could that be causing a problem? Why isn’t this available via App World?

  7. Pretty cool idea, not sure about ready an entire book on the Blackberry screen though, but then’s not like the iPhone is any better. Either way, it might work since Blackberry users are use to the small screen.

  8. No tilt for Storm devices and no white text on black. /sigh

    For those with 500 errors, change your browser to the internet browser. you can do this by adding a bookmark and selecting it in the bookmark.

    For those who can not use it due to permissions I have the fix posted on my blog here:

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