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Jeff Bezos Plan for News: The Washington Post pre-installed on Kindle tablets

Jeff Bezos Plan for News The Washington Post Becomes an Amazon Product Businessweek


Jeff Bezos wants to turn the Washington Post into a national publication, and he’s going to use his other company— (AMZN)—to help achieve that goal.

For the past few months, a group inside the Post has been working on a new application that will offer a curated selection of news and photographs from the daily newspaper in a magazine-style, tablet-friendly format. The application will come preinstalled on Amazon’s newly updated Kindle Fire tablet, expected to be launched later this fall with the larger 8.9-inch screen, according to people with knowledge of the Post’s plans.

The app will be free for owners of the larger Kindle, at least at first. It will eventually be available for download on other Kindles as well as to owners of Apple’s (AAPL)iPad and various Android devices, and it will carry a monthly subscription fee. 

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