Asus が 一部のEee PC とノートに Kindle
for PCアプリをプリインストールすることを発表しました。Kindle for PC は 電子ペーパー採用の Kindle デバイスと同じ電子本にどこからでもアクセスできるアプリ版 Kindle。Windows PC、Mac 、 iPhone、 iPad、BlackBerry や Android (夏提供予定)
向けに無償アプリも取りそろえクロスプラットフォームの利便性を訴えるアマゾンとしては、ネットブックへのプリインストールは理にかなった話です。ただし今回の提携は限定的なもので、11時間駆動の Eee PC 1005PE (4モデル)、薄型ノート UL30シリーズ (2モデル)について、米Amazon.comでの販売にかぎり Kindle入りで出荷するのみ。Kindle for PC はもともと無償で配布されているため購入者にとって選択理由にはなりませんが、今後 Amazonが販売する他社製品にも拡大する可能性、あるいは 6月にも発表されるであろう Asusのタブレット Eee Padとの関係なども想像させる発表です。続きは Asusのプレスリリース。ASUS Pre-installs Kindle for PC Application on Award-Winning Netbooks and Notebooks
Customers using Kindle for PC can enjoy over 540,000 books, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, on ASUS' latest netbook and notebook products
FREMONT, California (May 24, 2010) - ASUS today announced that Amazon's "Kindle for PC" application, which lets readers enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC), will come pre-installed on select ASUS netbooks and notebooks sold at Amazon.com. Kindle for PC enables customers to discover and read from over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store -the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read -- including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases priced from $9.99.
Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for PC includes Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer's notes, highlights, bookmarks and last page read across their Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac and other devices* so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place whether at home or on-the-go.
"We are thrilled that customers will begin to enjoy the Kindle for PC experience right out of the box with ASUS devices," said Ben Thacker, VP Sales and Product Management, Systems Business Group, North American Channel, ASUS Computer International. "Kindle is something our customers have been asking for and by pre-installing Kindle for PC on select long battery life products, we believe we are providing our customers an even richer PC experience. Working with a customer-centric company such as Amazon and pre-installing their Kindle for PC application is a natural fit for ASUS."
With the free Kindle for PC pre-installed on select ASUS netbooks and notebooks, consumers can take advantage of the following features and more:
· Purchase, download, and read more than 540,000 books, including 96 of 110 New York Times Bestsellers, plus tens of thousands of the most popular classics for free directly from their ASUS device. Bestsellers such as "Backlash" by Aaron Allston, "Big Girl" by Danielle Steel, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot and "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown, and hundreds of thousands of other popular books are $9.99 or less in the Kindle Store
· Browse by genre or author, and take advantage of all the features that they enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalized recommendations and editorial reviews
· Read the beginning of books for free before they decide to buy
· Access their Kindle books even if they don't have Kindle with them
· Synchronize last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac, and other devices*
· Create new highlights, notes and bookmarks, and manage those created on their Kindle
· Choose from three different color modes: read in white, sepia, or black color modes and adjust the brightness of the display from within the application
· Choose from more than 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
· Read books using full-screen mode of their PC
"We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to Kindle for PC from their ASUS device and access to a massive selection of Kindle books," said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Kindle for PC lets customers enjoy over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store even if they don't yet have a Kindle, and its the perfect companion application for the millions of Kindle and Kindle DX owners."
Kindle for PC* is available today and comes preinstalled on the following ASUS Eee PC Netbooks with battery life** up to 11 hours:
And on the following ASUS ultra thin and light UL Series notebooks featuring over 11 hours of battery life **:
These select ASUS netbooks and notebooks are available at Amazon.com with additional models arriving soon.
* Kindle for PC, a free application that allows customers to read Kindle content on a PC, is available for download on http://www.amazon.com/KindleforPC .
**Battery life measured with MobileMark 2007 in reader mode and can be different based upon usage and conditions. Please visit http://usa.asus.com for more information. Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era, with a broad product portfolio that includes
notebooks, netbooks, motherboards, graphics cards, displays, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's home and office users. ASUS won
3,268 awards in 2009, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™.
With a global staff of more than 10,000 and a world-class R&D design team, the company's revenue for
2009 was US$7.5 billion. ASUS ranks among BusinessWeek's InfoTech 100, and has been on the listing for 12 consecutive years.
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