The new Kindle app for BlackBerry devices is here, promising the same nifty Whispersync(tm) technology that iPhone users have enjoyed for a while now. And the best part is, it's free.
I installed the app today on my BlackBerry Bold and gave it a test drive.
The first time you run the app it asks you to sign in to your Amazon account. Within seconds it pulled up my Kindle archive, showing me the list of all the books I've ever purchased or downloaded from the Kindle store.
When you highlight a book and then select it by clicking the trackball it immediately starts downloading to your device. I tested a couple of books, both relatively large (one of which was The Complete Works of Shakespeare), and the download only took a few seconds.
Once you've nabbed the books they show up in the "Home" folder in the app, and all you do is click to read. You can turn the "pages" by clicking the spacebar or scrolling with the trackball. So far I'm liking the spacebar method the best. And as with the Kindle you can change the font size to suit you.
The Whispersync worked well on both the books I tested, taking me right to where I had left off reading them on my Kindle.
Amazon has labeled the app a beta for now, but at first glance it appears pretty solid.
I certainly can't see spending a whole lot of time reading on the BlackBerry, but this app will be a lifesaver for those times when I'm stuck in line at the bank or grocery store without my Kindle.
Kindle owners should grab this app right away.