Amazon recently announced the availability of the new Kindle 2 App for the ubiquitous iPhone. As an iPhone owner and someone who's been coveting the Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) since its release, I hustled over to the iTunes app store to download the free application.
I've had Stanza on my iPhone for a few months and have been slowly working my way through my free download of Emma. The truth is, I don't have a lot of time these days to curl up with fiction, so I've wondered how much I would truly use the Kindle 2. I'm attracted by the thought of discontinuing my periodical subscriptions and going paperless via the Kindle. As of now, the Kindle iPhone app will not allow access to periodicals.
Having downloaded the app, I've used it to get a few sample chapters of books that have caught my eye. At this point, however, I likely wouldn't actually purchase a full Kindle book and read it on my iPhone. For the brief amount of time I spend reading on the iPhone, I will likely stick with sample chapters or free downloads of classics via Stanza.
It's not surprising that a free app won't replace a $359 tech toy. For a complete and extremely thorough look at this new iPhone app compliment to the Kindle 2, check out this awesome article by CNET's Nicole Lee, who owns the real thing!