Amazon’s Android App Store now open to developers

So they've finally done it. The App Store isn't open yet (the FAQ says later this year), but today Amazon  publicly launched a developers portal. I don't have time to do any real digging, but it appears that the details leaked a couple months ago were true. It's open to both paid and free apps, of course, and Amazon are talking about curating that apps (I doubt they'll approve of porn). I wonder if their curation will catch malware?

They're not asking for exclusivity; you can sell the same app elsewhere. I wonder how long until they start offering sweetheart deals in order to get an app that no other store has  (like they have done with some ebook titles)?

The income split is rather interesting. Amazon a promising either 70% of sale price or %20 of list (whichever is greater). It sounds like they plan to price the apps aggressively in order to compete with the official Marketplace.

Personally, I can't wait. This is going to be the one app store where I know I'll be able to find everyone's app. There are a lot of reading apps that you can't get outside of the official marketplace.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Amazon’s Android App Store now open to developers

  1. The apps are Android based?

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