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The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers now in its fifth generation. Amazon Kindle eReaders enable users to shop for, download, browse, and study e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and also other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, produced by subsidiary Lab126, began like a single tool and now comprises numerous devices — most employing an E Ink electronic paper display able to rendering 16 tones to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption.

The Kindle name was devised by branding consultant Michael Cronan who was simply asked by Lab 126 to name the product. Cronan and partner Karin Hibma suggested Kindle, meaning to light a fire. They reckoned this was a apt metaphor to read by and intellectual excitement.
Kindle hardware has started out the original Kindle introduced in 2007 and also a Kindle DX line (using a larger screen) introduced during the past year. Announced in September 2011, the number now includes devices with keyboards (Kindle Keyboard), devices with touch sensitive screens (Kindle Touch), a tablet computer which has a reader app plus a color display (Kindle Fire) and a low-priced model through an on-screen keyboard (Kindle).
Amazon in addition has introduced Kindle software for usage on various devices and platforms, including Microsoft Windows, iOS, BlackBerry, Mac OS X (10.5 or later, Intel processor only), Android, webOS, and Windows Phone (not available in several areas of Europe). Amazon has a "cloud" reader to allow for users to learn to read, and purchase, Kindle books at a web browser.
Content for your Kindle are offered online and downloaded wirelessly in some countries, using either standard Wi-Fi or Amazon's 3G "Whispernet" network. Whispernet is accessible with no bill every month or wireless subscription,  although fees is usually incurred for the delivery of periodicals along with other content when roaming internationally beyond the customer's home country. Through a service called "Whispersync," customers can synchronize reading progress, bookmarks as well as other information across Kindle hardware devices along with cellular phones.
In the last 3 months of 2010, Amazon announced that in america, their e-book sales had surpassed sales of paperback books first.

On January 21, 2010, Amazon announced the forthcoming release of its Kindle Development Kit. Its aim is always to allow developers to develop 'active content' to the Kindle, plus a beta version was announced with a February 2010 release date. A number of companies formerly tried using delivering active content through the Kindle's bundled browser, along with the KDK promises 'sample code, documentation and the Kindle Simulator' in addition to a new revenue sharing model for developers.
The KDK will depend on the Java Programing language, specifically, the JSR 1.1.2 Personal Basis flavor of packaged Java APIs.
At the time of March 2012 Kindle store offers over 200 items labeled as active content. These products include simple applications and games, including a free of charge set given by Amazon Digital Services. To the date the active content is just easily obtainable in the US (or with US billing address).