The Kindle has become a powerful multipurpose tool in the last few months. The latest addition to the Kindle app platform is Calendar Pro, made by our very own Kindle developers. It is only 99 cents, and allows portability that you can’t get with Microsoft Outlook. The Calendar Pro app is available to anyone who has the 2nd generation Kindle and up.
The Calendar app fits naturally with the Kindle platform because of it is simple and linear, and can be navigated quite easily with the Kindle keyboard and toggle button. It is also something we can all use to make our lives a little less stressful.
With the Calendar Pro Kindle app, you can create, edit and view events by day, month or year. It is similar to Google Calendar in that you can schedule events that overlap, last for a whole day, or many days. Each event also includes title, location, time and description fields.
Agenda view is where you can view the events you have created anytime. The Kindle’s page turn buttons make it easy to switch the time period you are viewing.
Calendar Pro is very intuitive and user friendly. If you have any trouble with how to navigate the app with keyboard shortcuts or controls, you can use the “Help” section. It is easy to find, and it available on every screen.
Calendar Pro is off to a great start, but considering that it is brand new, we welcome your suggestions on any improvements that might make your experience better.
Update 2: Finally there is a proper Kindle Calendar app that works like a proper calendar should without having to resort to workarounds like annotations. You can download it here!
Update: While we’re still waiting for fully functional Kindle Calendar application you can download this Kindle Calendar Book which comes close enough in terms of functionality.
Even before KDK was announced people wanted to use Kindle to organize their lives better. So “Kindle Calendars” were some popular eBooks that sold on Amazon Kindle Marketplace. With Kindle lacking any interactive features at that time these were merely eBooks with a page for every day of the week. You could then type notes for every day and these notes would be backed up to Amazon’s online servers.
While this provided security in case your calendar was lost, it would not show you your upcoming appointments in any easy way and it wouldn’t synchronize with any calendar services like Microsoft Exchange based corporate or personal mail servers, MobileMe, Google Calendars etc.
With Kindle SDK out all these features would be easy to implement. Also this app can very well be free since calendar isn’t likely to cause a lot of internet traffic unless your schedule is extremely busy.
I would bet that Calendar App would be among the first ones to appear.