Kindle comes to Apple's iPhone
I've only been using it for a day or so, but I really like it a lot. Amazon.com's ( AMZN) "Kindle for iPhone" touch applet is terrific! You can download the app from Apple's ( AAPL) App Store and install it. The whole operation takes about one minute. After that, all you have to do is enter your Amazon.com name and password into the application and register your reading device. That's it. From that point on, your all set to start buying and reading Amazon/Kindle edition books on your iPhone, iPod touch and/or your Kindle. Total setup time is two minutes.
My only gripe about the whole thing is that downloading a book using your iPhone is not as simple as doing so on your Kindle. On the iPhone (or iPod touch) you need to use the built-in Safari Web browser to surf to Amazon's Kindle Store, then select and purchase what you want to read. Within seconds, your selection is automatically downloaded to the device you selected. In my tests, once I started the purchase/download procedure, I closed Safari, opened the Kindle app and the book was already on my iPhone's reading list. I have to admit that I was a skeptic about this whole idea of reading a book on an electronic device. But this morning on the subway, I opened the downloaded Kindle version of "The First Heroes" by my friend Craig Nelson. I adjusted the software to display the book at its largest font setting and started reading the introduction. What seemed like five minutes later (it was more like 45), I heard "Wall Street" and quickly ran off the train. Reading a Kindle book on my iPhone was a terrific experience. The book is pretty terrific too!