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Amazon is releasing a Kindle e-book reading application for Windows, says PC World.

Kindle for PC runs on XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and takes advantage of the new touch features in Win 7 to allow gestures for actions such as flipping pages. It uses Kindle’s WhisperSync feature to sync your book library up with any other Kindle-compatible devices you own.

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

  • Purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
  • Access their entire library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
  • Choose from over 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
  • Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
  • View notes and highlights marked on Kindle and Kindle DX
  • Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
  • Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)

The new Barnes & Noble Nook device also allows books to be read on PCs and Macs. (No word on whether Amazon will release a Mac app).

Amazon says the free Kindle app will be available next month. Here are the facts and figures about a bunch of major and/or new e-reader competitors.

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