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One of the reasons for the Amazon Kindle's crazy success in recent months is that it's gone from being a gadget to an 'ecosystem.' Using Kindle apps for the iPhone, Android phones, iPad, the PC or BlackBerry, Kindle owners can read their e-books when their Kindle isn't to hand - then pick up exactly where they left off on their device when they get home. Amazon calls it 'Buy Once, Read Anywhere,' and they're beavering away on apps all the time to make it work.

And they intend to continue. They've put out a pre-emptive announcement, evidently trying to seize a bit of attention from all the Android and Windows tablets expected to be launched at this week's CES conference. They say they intend to make special tablet versions of their Android and Windows apps to run on tablets.

'Last year, Amazon tailored a Kindle app specifically for the size, look and feel of the iPad and it has become a top ten free app for iPad. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows based tablets,' they explained. Pretty self-explanatory, but given how well the Kindle seems to be doing, it answers a question we reckon a lot of prospective tablet buyers will be pleased to hear it...

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