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Old 01-21-2010, 01:02 AM   #1
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Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit

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Don't like the way your Kindle works? You (or another developer) can change it, using the newly announced Kindle Development Kit.

Today, Amazon announced that it is inviting software developers to build and upload active content that will be available in the Kindle Store later this year. The new Kindle Development Kit gives developers access to programming interfaces, tools and documentation to build active content for Kindle...

There is already a waiting list to get access to the Kit, but it looks like games, interactive cookbooks and travel guides are already in the planning stages.

Click HERE for the full press release.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:07 AM   #2
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Woah. Amazon is stepping it up some. I like it.

I hope the SDK will be generally available.
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Here is another interesting article on the whole process about not only opening the device to 3rd party developers but also essentially cutting publishers our of the picture:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/te...ref=technology

Lots of new stuff on the Kindle from...one concern I have with the current K2, K2im DX & DXi....the limited internal memory of only 2GB with only about 1.4gb for use by the user and that needs to hold all your documents. Perhaps this is a signal the next Kindles will have more memory, maybe not as an external SDHC card but RAM is cheap and no reason a 16gb or even 32gb Kindle should cost any more than the current versions or no more than a few percent higher.

Makes me happy about selling the K2 I've had for 2-days.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:15 AM   #4
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Hmmm, can you say, EPub for Kindle? Or will they put restrictions on the store?
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This is exciting - and it makes other eink devices obsolete till they build their own app platforms. I wonder if apps will have access to the user's ebooks, notes and bookmarks on the Kindle - that would lead to some very interesting personalized content apps.
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Hmmm, can you say, EPub for Kindle? Or will they put restrictions on the store?
From http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1000476231

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Voice over IP functionality, advertising, offensive materials, collection of customer information without express customer knowledge and consent, or usage of the Amazon or Kindle brand in any way are not allowed. In addition, active content must meet all Amazon technical requirements, not be a generic reader, and not contain malicious code.
I'm guessing ePub for Kindle is out, at least initially.
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I'm guessing ePub for Kindle is out, at least initially.
Figures.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:17 AM   #8
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I'm guessing ePub for Kindle is out, at least initially.
Kindle still useless then
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:19 AM   #9
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From my blog:

Don't like the way your Kindle works? You (or another developer) can change it, using the newly announced Kindle Development Kit.

Today, Amazon announced that it is inviting software developers to build and upload active content that will be available in the Kindle Store later this year. The new Kindle Development Kit gives developers access to programming interfaces, tools and documentation to build active content for Kindle...

There is already a waiting list to get access to the Kit, but it looks like games, interactive cookbooks and travel guides are already in the planning stages.

Click HERE for the full press release.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:21 AM   #10
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I'm guessing ePub for Kindle is out, at least initially.
How would ePub make it a generic reader? What does that even mean? It would make the Kindle a "super reader", IMO.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:29 AM   #11
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I added my name to the waiting list.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:40 AM   #12
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The New York Times article mentioned a pretty slick idea for an application -- newspapers that are updated with up to the minute content. Currently the newspapers available on the Kindle come as "editions" and the newspaper only gets a 30% cut. By using the KDK they can provide up to the minute content and will get a 70% cut of the profits.
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Besides no VOIP, total access to the 3G/Whispernet feature?
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:22 AM   #14
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The New York Times article mentioned a pretty slick idea for an application -- newspapers that are updated with up to the minute content. Currently the newspapers available on the Kindle come as "editions" and the newspaper only gets a 30% cut. By using the KDK they can provide up to the minute content and will get a 70% cut of the profits.
So, essentially, the will let the papers maintain a blog, but they get to keep more of the net (which I assume will be after delivery charges)? Exciting for their accounting dept, sure, but ho-hum from a reader, since they could already do this, if they wished (oh, wait, they already do...).

Some of the restrictions are silly (no VOIP? there isn't a mic, so how would it work, other than attempting to listen to voice mail?). They haven't restricted downloading audio, so I suspect there will be charges for all custom app downloads, at the same rate as personal apps.

And for the person wanting to play DOOM - take heart, it isn't banned (feasible? who need that?).

I suspect that many of the apps we, as readers want, won't be possible, as they will require too low level access (firmware updates), rather than simply live on top of the firmware, as it seemed suggested by their examples.
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I doubt that I'd be interested in most apps for the Kindle unless they were ebook related.

Apps I'd like to see would be;
Organizational; ordering, sorting, folders, tags, etc.
Informational; links to book lists, author homepages, etc.
System; ability to modify screen saver content and settings.
Content; ability to view other ebook formats.

That is really about it. Games, web apps, blah blah blah, not interested at all.

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