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Amazon launches Kindle Windows 8 app – download it right now (screenshots)

Amazon has just introduced Kindle Windows 8 app. It’s ready for download from Windows Store [link]. The app is free, and so far it got almost 700 ratings. The average rank is 3 stars out of 5.

The new Kindle app offers standard features that are available in other Kindle apps, including Whispersync – a technology which automatically syncs last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all the Kindle devices and/or apps you own or have access to.

What’s very important, the app is available worldwide in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. You’ll get instant access to over 1.5 million books – and that includes over 200,000 titles, which are exclusive to Kindle Store (you can’t find them in any other ebookstore). Over 650,000 books are priced at $4.99 or less; over 1.2 million are $9.99 or less.

Using the new features of Windows 8, the Kindle app enables customers to pin their books to the Start screen for instant access to their favorite titles and search their library and Kindle store with the Search charm. Customers can also use the Share charm to easily share favorite passages and recommended books to friends and other apps without leaving the Kindle application.

“The Kindle ecosystem offers customers massive selection and the lowest prices, along with hundreds of thousands of books that are only available in the Kindle Store. We’re excited to make the best content selection, along with all of the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem, available on Windows 8,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “We’re thrilled that leading manufacturers have selected the Kindle ecosystem for pre-load on their new Windows 8 devices.”

The online tutorial of Kindle Windows 8 app is available here. The entire family of free reading apps includes:

You can also read and manage your Kindle ebooks right in your browser with a free Kindle Cloud Reader.

Kindle Windows 8 app – features

Buy Once, Read Everywhere
Read anytime you have your Windows 8 device with you—just download the Kindle for Windows 8 app to start reading now.

Sync to Furthest Page Read
Our Whispersync technology automatically syncs your books across apps, so you can start reading on one device with the Kindle app installed, and pick up where you left off on another device with the Kindle app installed.

Customize font size, margin size, and number of reading columns. Set your background color for daytime or nighttime reading.

Borrow Library Books
Go into your local library to check out a Kindle book, and have it delivered wirelessly to your device.

Read Free Books
Choose from thousands of free Kindle books such as Pride & Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Find Kindle Books
Easily search your Kindle library and the Kindle Store with the Windows 8 Search Charm.

Track Progress
Tap the screen when reading a book to see the progress indicator that shows you how much of the book you’ve read.

Look Up Words
Tap and hold any word in a book to view the word’s definition with the web-based dictionary (only available for English-language books).

Take Notes
Highlight, take notes, and add bookmarks in any book.

Share Content
Use the Windows 8 Share Charm to share your favorite content with your friends.

Save Your Favorites
Pin Kindle books from your Kindle library to the Windows Start screen for instant access to your favorites.

Get from Windows Store

Price: Free

Via Amazon Media Room.