Amazon Kindle headed to PlayBook tablet, and BlackBerry Video Messenger too?

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Playbook kindle.jpgAmazon have announced that they will be bringing their Kindle e-book reading smarts to RIM’s just announced BlackBerry Playbook tablet.

“Amazon.com today announced that it will launch a Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer”, the company said in a statement.

“We’re very excited to add the new BlackBerry PlayBook to that list. As with our other Kindle apps, the BlackBerry PlayBook app will be free and will incorporate our WhisperSync technology so you can seamlessly switch between devices. Our vision is ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere'”, said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle.

The Kindle’s “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” slogan means that once a customer bought a book using the Amazon platform, they can read it and sync bookmarks across any compatible device of their choosing, be that an iPad, Kindle reader, smartphone or now RIM’s tablet.

The app will be available from launch with the new tablet.

It’s also looking as though the BlackBerry PlayBook will be getting video calling too. A 3MP front facing camera is a perfect fit for such a feature, while a press-shot showing a picture-in-picture image of a father and his son on the device seems to confirm that RIM are planning some sort of FaceTime-like service.

If that were the case, RIM would be able to tap into some 35 million users of their BlackBerry Messenger service, a number that significantly overshadows users of Apple’s FaceTime app.

Gerald Lynch

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