Amazon is providing an early look at its Kindle application for the iPad, though it won't be available when Apple's new tablet device arrives April 3. I'm looking forward to testing this app--and the dedicated New York Times app for the iPad--to determine whether my newspaper (and book) reading habits are about to change. (I've been reading the New York Times on the Kindle ever single day, dating back to the day the first gen device arrived.) What I'm seeing here looks great, and I'm happy to see that the gratuitous page-flipping silliness is optional.

    

Here's the word from Amazon:

Experience the Beautiful User Interface

  • Get the best reading experience available on your tablet computer including the iPad. No Kindle required
    Tailored to the size, look, and feel of your tablet computer
  • Customize background color and font size to ease eye strain
  • Adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier
  • Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. Or choose Basic Reading Mode for a simpler and unadorned reading experience

Read Kindle Books on Your Tablet Computer Including the iPad

  • Amazon's Whispersync technology automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights with Kindle and Kindle-compatible devices PC, Mac, iPhone, and BlackBerry
  • Customers can start reading on one device and, on another, pick up where they left off
  • Already have a Kindle? Access your Kindle books even if you don't have your Kindle with you
  • Create bookmarks, notes, and highlights, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle

Shop for Books in the Kindle Store

  • Search and browse more than 450,000 Kindle books, including 101 of 112 New York Times Best Sellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary
  • Get free book samples--read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy
  • Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle and Kindle-compatible devices