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Amazon seeks developers to build iPhone-style apps for Kindle ebook reader.


Bookseller Amazon is said to be inviting developers to build iPhone-style apps on its Kindle ebook reader, in preparation for the competition from the expected launch next week of computer company Apple's tablet computer.

Apple is reportedly negotiating with publishers to carry their content on its forthcoming tablet, which will offer access to books, newspapers and other reading material through Applea[euro](tm)s App Store on iTunes.

Amazon's Kindle development kit page is asking for applicants to join the beta programme and create active content, offering 70% royalties for using the Kindle's Whispernet wireless system.

Publishers of books and periodicals can use the kit, which includes sample code, documentation and a Kindle simulator, which mimics the 6-inch Kindle and the 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux desktops, to create and sell applications for the ebook reader.

Amazon has not disclosed how long the beta will run or how many developers will have access to it.
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Date:Jan 22, 2010
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