January 21, 2010

Amazon to Spin Kindle SDK

Amazon announced a software development kit (SDK) for its Linux-based Kindle e-book readers, offering a 70-30 revenue split for "active content" to be sold in the Kindle Store. The Kindle Development Kit will enter limited beta next month, offering programming interfaces, tools, and documentation to build Kindle apps, says Amazon.

Starting next month, participants in the limited beta will be able to download the (presumably free) Kindle Development Kit, which will let them access support, test content on the Kindle e-reader, and then submit finished content, says Amazon. The Kindle Development Kit will include a variety of sample code, documentation, interfaces, and tools. The SDK will also offer the Kindle Simulator, which helps developers build and test their content by simulating the 6-inch Kindle and 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux desktops, says Amazon...

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