Apps Coming to Amazon Kindle

By taking a page from Apple’s iPhone, App Store, and possibly, the widely expected Apple tablet, Amazon’s move aims to broaden Kindle’s capabilities for e-book publishers.

Online bookselling giant Amazon has released a software development kit (SDK) for its Kindle e-reader, in a move to give the device a broader array of applications beyond e-books — and potentially positioning it to go head-to-head with devices like the rumored Apple tablet.

The Kindle has been on the market since 2007, the same year Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) launched the iPhone. In that time, Apple has created the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which now features 100,000 apps and three billion downloads. But Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle is only now getting started on the process.

For book publishers, the result could be new — and more interactive and customizable — ways to deliver their content.

It won’t be for just books and magazines, however. Handmark is building an active Zagat guide featuring their ratings, reviews and more for restaurants in cities around the world, and Sonic Boom is building word games and puzzles.

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