Amazon, Other E-Reader Firms Prepare iPad Apps

Amazon is providing a sneak peek of its Kindle reader for the iPad. The page is titled "Kindle Apps for Tablet Computers Including the iPad," which sounds like confirmation that other new versions for (mostly) still-to-come devices are also in the works -- I'm guessing ones for Windows-based Slate PCs and for Android. And judging from the images on Amazon's preview page, it looks like the apps may be slicker than the sparse and disappointing Kindle apps that the company has released to date.

Kindle will have company on the iPad: The New York Times is reporting that Barnes & Noble is also working on a reader. Engadget says that the Hearst-backed Skiff platform will "almost certainly" show up as well (an assertion for which its source is . . . me). And then there's Apple's own iBooks.

You can find couple of screenshots of the Kindle app. No word on how quickly it'll show up after the iPad does on April 3, but presumably it's in Amazon's interest to give Apple's bookstore as little of a head start as possible.

This story, "Amazon, Other E-Reader Firms Prepare iPad Apps" was originally published by Technologizer.

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