The eBook service will be exclusive to Samsung smartphones and tablets and is available in over 90 countries.
Amazon has teamed up with Samsung for a custom Kindle eBook store and app for the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy line of phones and tablets.
As part of the deal, the two companies will launch Samsung Book Deals, which will give away 12 free eBooks each year to Galaxy owners referred to the service. Users will be able to select a free book from four different titles each month, and all titles available in the store will be “chosen specifically” for Galaxy owners, which basically means that there will be a limited selection of titles to choose from.
“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers,” said Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe.
Standard Kindle features will be present in the dedicated app, including syncing of books and reading progress between different devices, cloud backup for books, and even the Time to Read functionality, which detects the time a user would take to finish a book or chapter based on their reading speed. It will initially be available for the Galaxy S5, but will be supported on all Samsung devices running Android 4.0 and above.