Asus, Amazon team up on Kindle software distribution


— 11:13 AM on May 24, 2010

The Amazon Kindle family includes more than e-book readers; there's also Kindle for PC, which offers much of the same functionality in the form of a Windows application. Earlier today, Asus announced a partnership with Amazon that will see the Kindle for PC software pre-installed on some Asus notebooks sold by the online retailer.

The bundling deal will begin with Asus' Eee PC 1005PE, a 10" netbook based on Intel's Pine Trail platform; the UL30A, a 13.3" consumer ultraportable; and the UL30VT, which has much in common with the UL30A but also features discrete Nvidia graphics. Asus' announcement lists the following models in particular:

(Prices start at $329.99 for the 1005PE and range up to $749 for the UL30VT.) Asus says it plans to ship additional laptops with Kindle software in the future, so the list should only get longer. And who knows—perhaps that Eee Pad we've been hearing about will also join the fold when it comes out.

As we reported when Kindle for PC came out, the software provides access to the same library as physical Kindle devices plus some extra perks: full color images in some works and Amazon's Whispersync technology, which synchronizes last-read page information, notes, and other data with any Kindle devices the user happens to own.

   
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