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Review roundup: Kindle on the iPhone

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It seems Amazon is willing to play with others. Today, the company extended the Kindle brand beyond its stylish new model and released an ebook app for the iPhone. The free application allows users to read books already purchased through their Kindles, buy new ebooks from their phones, and access Amazon's 240,000-title catalog even if they don't own a $359 Kindle. So, is it any good? Here's what the critics think:

The convenience factor:

Kindle for iPhone also supports Whispersynch, grabbing updates over the air and letting you read your books on various devices. It even supports auto-bookmarking, so you can put down your Kindle, head out to the shops and seamlessly continue reading on your iPhone as you wait at the checkout. [via Wired]

The ownership question:

The experience highlights both the pros and cons of the "digital locker" approach taken by Amazon with Kindle content. Although some have criticized the fact that one can't resell or give away their Kindle books, the site does provide other aspects of true ownership. In this case, I didn't need to re-buy anything and as soon as I entered my account information, I had access to every book I had purchased for the Kindle. [via CNET]

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