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Redigeret: jan 21, 2010, 2:25pm

Publisher's Weekly reports that Amazon is opening the Kindle to Apps built by outsider developers. Here is the article.

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I suppose that it will be exclusively for K2 and other second generation devices.

Any thoughts?

Edited for carelessness.

Redigeret: jan 21, 2010, 2:28pm

If someone comes up with an app that will allow me to tag my books and put them into folders or collections, I'll upgrade to the K2 just to get that. The inability to sort effectively is my biggest complaint about the Kindle.

jan 21, 2010, 7:47pm

I agree, I want a way to organize and tag books. I also want the same thing for music, a way to organize it, and play it in order. (Classical music in random order is just weird.)

If I had that, I'd consider my K1 to be just about perfect.

Oh, and while they're at it, why not add the same functionality to the Kindle-for-PC application? And a way to sync the tags/organizational structure back and forth between the Kindle and the PC.

jan 21, 2010, 7:48pm

I saw this. This is obviously quite interesting to us.

jan 26, 2010, 10:27am

The priority should be improving the reading experience, but personally I would love an E-bookcrossing App on the Kindle. It's a great chance to make the Kindle community grow, and I think that an app that could let you lend ebooks to friends, or complete strangers, by creating quizzes or treasure hunt games, or just by "leaving" your book on a park bench, would be awesome.

I've wrote some ideas about it on this blog: (feel free to remove the link if you think it's inappropriate!) and I'd like to read comments like the one Helcura and garrybuck wrote, on the blog or as a reply to this thread.

On another note... I've read on a piano forum that there are Kindle users that would love a music notation reading self page scrolling app :)

jan 26, 2010, 10:32am

E-bookcrossing App on the Kindle

That's where you leave your Kindle for someone else to grab, right? :)

jan 26, 2010, 11:58am

lol :D

well, that could be another idea, Kindles chain-attached to armchairs in airport business lounges for ebook reading while you are waiting for your flight.. ;)

jan 26, 2010, 12:14pm

Yeah, chained, like Medieval bibles. Technology...

jan 30, 2010, 7:53pm

2,3>>> I saw somewhere that Amazon is working on the "organize and tag" issue and is supposed to have a software upgrade sometime this year (although how soon I don't know). I didn't bookmark the URL so I'm not sure now where I saw this, but I'm pretty sure it was something official on the Amazon site. Also, it wasn't clear whether this organizing feature will use a folder structure or tags, but if it's one or the other I would definitely prefer tags (where I can put multiple tags on a single book rather than have a single unique directory path through a folder structure).

jan 31, 2010, 11:09am


If that functionality could be made to work with Kindle for PC, and the results synced, it would be great.

feb 9, 2010, 12:15am

I signed up to get in on the beta of that Kindle Development Kit, not sure when or if I will get in but should be interesting to see what is possible. I was thinking of writing an app that pulls all your contacts from a google account and also shows your google calendar. It would update itself whenever you got on line, assuming that is possible using the KDK (Kindle Development Kit). I would also like to have something to organize my books better but if they are really fixing that issue this year then I would focus on other apps.

feb 9, 2010, 12:18am

We're looking into it. A big problem is the app. limit on traffic. Moving a decent-sized LibraryThing library onto your machine might well end up costing money. And that's just bogus.

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