Amazon has announced a Kindle app store to open up in the mere future and that the Kindle is now open to development with select partners. Initial partners including EA Mobile and Zagat, according to Amazon, will bring the Kindle restaurant review apps, recipe books, gaming, and more.
Payment and app size will vary in the Kindle app store. Subscription and one-time pay will be available for 100 MB apps, and free apps will be smaller than 1 MB. All apps that exceed 10 MB will require download via USB. Smaller apps, though, will be available wirelessly. Kindle app users will be restricted to 100 KB of data per month.
Even though Amazon was not present in Las Vegas, these moves come on the heels of CES 2010, where many potential “Kindle killers” made an appearance. Two devices in particular attracted media attention, both looking to court the business reader: Sony’s Daily Edition, which now offers an exclusive content streaming service from News Corp for the Wall Street Journal and other financial publications, and Plastic Logic’s QUE proReader with its business document support and large touch screen.