App store, and games, coming to ... Kindle

Now you'll be able to buy games for your book! Amazon just announced its Kindle Development Kit, which will allow companies (and individuals!) to create "active content" for Amazon's e-reader device. The examples given in the press release include an interactive Zagat guide, and ... games!

According to the announcement, mobile publisher Sonic Boom will release "word games and puzzles" for the device -- which seems like a natural fit. But EA Mobile is also on board with the Kindle, which opens the door to its eventual metamorphosis into a game platform. A game platform with a black-and-white screen, sure, but also a very popular platform whose entire audience is comfortable downloading digital content.

A beta for the development kit will begin next month, with applications launching in the Kindle Store "later this year."

[Via Engadget]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.