In a surprise announcement Amazon has announced a new Kindle Development Kit which will allow app developers to create active content for the Kindle platform. Amazon is hoping to roll out the Beta version of the Kindle Development Kit in February, get in quick though as Amazon will be using a waiting list.
The Kindle Development Kit will include sample code, documentation, and a Kindle Simulator to helps apps developers build and test their content by simulating the 6-inch Kindle and 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux.
EA Mobile has already has already expressed an interest in working with Amazon:
As the leading worldwide publisher of mobile games, EA Mobile has had the privilege of collaborating with many dynamic and innovative companies in bringing exciting gaming experiences to new platforms, says Adam Sussman Vice President of EA Mobile.
Handmark and Sonic Boom are already building apps for the Kindle which include word games and puzzles.