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Amazon Brings Kindle Newsstand to iPad, Updates Kindle Fire

Amazon updated the Kindle app for iOS today, giving iPad users the ability to access publications from the Kindle Newsstand. Amazon’s Newsstand offers over 400 full-color publications to Kindle Fire users. Apple’s own Newsstand offers more app-like experiences from many of the same publishers.

In addition to the 400 magazines and newspapers, the iPad app can also now display “print replica textbooks,” which are more like giant PDFs than interactive applications. All iOS devices, not just the iPad, now support the Send-to-Kindle feature, allowing users to send documents to the device by email. They can also open PDFs from email or the browser in the Kindle app.

The Kindle Fire itself is off to a good start, at least in terms of sales. It’s the fastest growing tablet since the iPad. Amazon has also released the first over-the-air update for that device, fixing some of the performance problems.

The Verge has a nice hands-on review of the new Kindle Fire update with photos and video.

It’s a compromised device, and it’s positioned as a service, not a dedicated hardware product like the iPad. Rather than making money off the device, Amazon wants to put the device into as many hands as possible in order to make money on the content.

The Kindle app for iOS is Amazon’s extension of that service onto Apple’s platform. Apple’s own Newsstand has given publishers a major bump since the launch of iOS 5 in October. The Kindle app is popular on the iPad for e-books, though, and Amazon hopes to divert some attention away from Apple’s Newsstand with today’s update.

Download Kindle for iOS from the iTunes Store.

Do you read on a tablet? Which one do you use?

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