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Samsung, Amazon launch Kindle for Samsung, give one free ebook every month

Samsung and Amazon have announced a new collaboration which will see Amazon release a special version of its Kindle app for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. To tempt users to switch, the two companies will also launch Samsung Book Deals, a service that gives away 12 eBooks a year to all Kindle for Samsung users.
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April 17, 2014
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Samsung and Amazon have announced a new collaboration which will see Amazon release a special version of its Kindle app for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The special version of the Kindle app will give Samsung users access to Amazon’s repository of ebooks, newspapers and magazines. To tempt its users to switch from using the vanilla version of Kindle for Android to the special Kindle for Samsung, the two companies will also launch Samsung Book Deals, a service that gives away 12 eBooks a year to all Kindle for Samsung users.

The app, which is available from the Samsung app store, is initially available for the Galaxy S5 and soon for existing Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 or above.

Samsung is delighted to be able to deepen its long-standing relationship with Amazon.
Under the Samsung Book Deals, readers will get up to 12 free eBooks a year. Each month users can choose a free book from a selection of four different titles. According to Samsung the books are “chosen specifically for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users from a wide selection of prominent titles.”

For Amazon, offering the Kindle app via Samsung will help them sell more books, but the app itself sounds very much like the vanilla Kindle app for Android. According to Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, EU Kindle, “With Kindle for Samsung, people around the world will have access to innovative features like Whispersync, Time to Read and much more.” Those “innovative features” already exist in the normal Kindle app, so basically this looks like a new distribution channel for Amazon, but not much will change in the app itself.

Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe, says the company is delighted to be able to deepen its long-standing relationship with Amazon. “With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers,” he added.

So a free book every month if you switch to Samsung’s version of the Kindle app. Are you Tempted?