Want to read e-books from Amazon on hardware you likely already have? There’s an app for that but it doesn’t come from Cupertino. At a Windows 7 launch event today, Amazon introduced a Kindle application for PCs that will be available next month. Like the Kindle for iPhone application, the PC software works with Amazon’s Whispersync — stop reading your book on a Kindle or iPhone and you can pick up right where you left off on a computer. And if you’re out of content, Amazon says you can purchase books right from the PC.
The new application also takes advantage of the native touchscreen support in Windows 7, although you’ll need a touchscreen computer, of course. With touch, you can simply swipe through your page flips or, if you have a multitouch computer with Windows 7, you can zoom in and out by pinching. That’s a great implementation, but I think the best news of all is legacy compatibility — the new software doesn’t require Windows 7 as it can be used with Windows XP or Vista. As a Kindle owner, I’m looking forward to the new software, which makes the PC a “third screen” for the Kindle. It ought to come in handy on my netbook in the rare case I’ve left the Kindle at home!