Samsung Kindle

Samsung and Amazon today announced a new custom Kindle experience for consumers who own Samsung Android hardware. This eBook service, Kindle for Samsung, is available to all Galaxy hardware running Android 4.0 or above. If you're using a smartphone from another vendor, fear not as the official Kindle app will remain available for download.

What's interesting about Kindle for Samsung is the new service includes Samsung Book Deals section as part of the deal. It's a neat concept as Book Deals will provide up to 12 free eBooks per-year, enabling readers to choose a free book each month (from a selection of four). The app will also open up the Kindle catalogue for books to be purchased and comes with some neat functionality.

Press release:

17th April 2014, London, UK – Samsung Electronics and Amazon today announced a partnership to launch Kindle for Samsung, a custom-built eBook service. The app will debut in April starting with the Galaxy S5 along with existing Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that have Android 4.0 or above. As part of the service, Amazon and Samsung will launch Samsung Book Deals, available to everyone using Kindle for Samsung.

Samsung Book Deals will provide up to 12 free eBooks a year to all referred Galaxy device customers who use the service. People can choose a free book from a selection of four different titles every month. Each book is chosen specifically for Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners from a wide selection of prominent titles.

“We’re delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalised experiences for our customers,” said Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe.

“We’re thrilled that Samsung has chosen Kindle as their eBook provider,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, EU Kindle. “With Kindle for Samsung, people around the world will have instant access to the best digital bookstore and reading experience, including more than half a million titles that are only available from the Kindle Store, and innovative features like Whispersync, Time to Read and much more.”

Kindle for Samsung offers millions of best-selling books, newspapers and magazines delivered direct to mobile devices, the range includes over 500,000 titles which are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Other features include Whispersync, which saves and synchronises the last page read, so that a reader can always pick up wherever they left off. Time to Read shows how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on personalised reading speed. Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up the owner’s Kindle books to the cloud, so that they never need to worry about losing their books.

Kindle for Samsung is immediately available in over 90 countries from Samsung apps.