No Kindle to read Kindle books on? No problem. Amazon has made it easy to be able to read Kindle ebooks on a variety of devices with their Free Kindle Reading Apps. This post is intended to cover some of the basic features of each of these applications and how they work. These apps makes it easy to start your Kindle collection and take advantage of all the FREE and bargain priced books out there even if you don’t yet have a Kindle.
The follow applications are currently available for these devices:
Kindle for PC or Mac
With the Kindle for PC app or the Kindle for Mac App, you can read Kindle books directly on your computer and you can access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you. The Whispersync technology syncs to your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across devices. Other features listed on Amazon include:
- Create new highlights, notes, and bookmarks and manage those created on your Kindle
- Search for words or phrases within the book you’re reading
- Use the built-in dictionary to seamlessly look up the definitions of English words without interrupting your reading.
- Full screen reading view, color modes, and brightness controls offer an immersive reading experience
- Real page numbers for thousands of books in the Kindle Store. Now you can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class.
Click here to Download the Kindle for PC App.
Click here to Download the Kindle for Mac App.
Kindle for iPhone and iPad
You can download the Kindle for iPhone/iPad app to read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad. The Kindle iPhone/iPad app is available in the Apple App Store. As with all the Kindle apps, you can sync it with your actual Kindle and access your last page read, bookmarks, etc when reading on your iPhone or iPad. This app also lets you share quotes and passages with friends via Facebook and Twitter. You can look up words on Google and Wikipedia with your iPhone while reading and not leave the app. A recent version of this app removed the Kindle Store button for purchasing. iPhone and iPad users will now have to log on to Amazon’s Kindle Store to purchase ebooks for their library.
Click here to go to Amazon for a link to the iPhone/iPad App Store.
Kindle for Blackberry
The Kindle for Blackberry App is currently available for the follow Blackberry models:
- Bold 9000, 9700
- Curve 8520, 8900
- Storm 9530, 9550
- Tour 9630
- Torch 9800
The Kindle for Blackberry App will also sync with your other devices. To add this app to your Blackberry, you can click here and enter your email to send a link to your Blackberry for a direct download. You can also type “amazon.com/kindlebb” in your Blackberry browser to download.
Kindle for Android
I have the Kindle for Android and have found it to be a good app. While reading on the small screen of your phone isn’t exactly ideal, I do like the screen swipe feature for turning pages and tapping to highlight. Reading Kindle books on your phone can be handy when traveling or when your just have a few minutes to kill.
The Kindle for Android App also syncs with all other devices to let you access the last page read, bookmarks, notes, etc. You can download the Kindle for Android App in the Amazon App Store, or by going to the App store on your phone. Another options is download via the Amazon for Kindle QR code if you have a QR reader on your phone. You can find the QR code HERE.
Kindle for Windows Phone 7
Similar to the Kindle for Android App, this app offers Windows Phone 7 users access to reading Kindle ebooks on their phone. Click HERE to go to Amazon for a link to download this app in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
Sites That Link to this Post
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