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Attention Kindle users: soon there will be apps for you, too

Less than a week before Apple is expected to unveil its much-anticipated Tablet, Amazon has announced that it will open up the Kindle e-reader to software developers who can create custom apps à la iPhone. Starting next month, developers will be invited to take part in a beta program testing out the Kindle Development Kit, and the content itself will be available at the Kindle Store later in the year.

Developers will receive 70% of their app’s profits, minus a $0.15 delivery fee, according to Amazon. The release states that apps already in the works include restaurant guides from review company Zagat and word games and puzzles from Sonic Boom.

Users will, however, have to abide by Amazon’s guidelines, which prohibit voiceover IP functionality, advertising, offensive materials, collection of customer information without express customer knowledge and consent, or usage of the Amazon or Kindle brand in any way.