Digital books ordered for use on Amazon.com’s Kindle electronic reader soon can be read on personal computers, Reuters reports: Amazon said it will provide a software application — available next month as a free download — that can convert Kindle books to PC-readable ones. The move follows the launch this week of a competing device, the Nook, from bookseller Barnes & Noble that sports a similar function. The latest e-reader from Sony Corp. also is compatible with PCs. Amazon’s Kindle has enjoyed dominant market share in the still-nascent electronic reader market, but analysts say increasing its functionality is key to maintaining that top ranking…

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