The Kindle app is an app for everyone who likes to read. You can load magazines, newspapers, and have millions of books at your fingertips. The app works both on Android and iOS smartphones as well as Mac and PC laptops/desktops.
The Kindle app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Kindle for PCs are available for download.
The Kindle app for Android seamlessly interacts with your Amazon account. When you first open the app on the Home screen, you’ll see a list of best sellers, editors’ picks, and popular sample publications. Also, you’ll see all the books you have downloaded from your Amazon account organized in a carousel view.
Expanding your reading library is as easy as tapping the Kindle Home screen and accessing the Kindle Store’s catalog of reading material. Not ready to purchase yet? No problem. You can preview the first chapter of any book before buying. If you have not already done so, be ready to provide your credit card to Amazon, even if you plan to download from Amazon’s inventory of free e-books.
The long-press menu accesses Book Extras provided by Shelfari to see what your colleagues are reading, what other readers with similar tastes have enjoyed, as well as give or get book recommendations.
Like the Android version, the iOS Kindle ties in with your Amazon account, and you can read the first chapter of any book before buying it. However, Mac users need to be aware that Mac has rules against apps that compete with its own iBooks. That means that if you want to buy a book from Kindle’s home base at Amazon, you’ll need to sign in to an Amazon account and download it to your Mac-based Kindle app.
On iOS, the Kindle app opens to a blank home screen on first launch. The Home screen will not begin to populate until you have books already tied to your Amazon account, and you can select those books for viewing as thumbnail covers or on a list.
On both platforms, Kindle users can:
Reading an eBook on both platforms with Kindle is similar. To turn a page, you simply swipe or tap somewhere in the page margin. Tapping the center of the page brings up a status bar showing your page location and reader controls. Long-press a word to activate a pop-up selection for highlighting.
Also, Kindle for Android and iOS supports the send-to-Kindle feature, allowing you to send files to your cloud account and access them from your Android or iOS device. The supported file types are DOC, RTF, PDF, and JPG.
Similar to the Instapaper app, this feature allows you to use a bookmark or browser extension on your desktop. You can save web articles and use the Send to Kindle feature to read them on your mobile device. While not ideal for keeping a long list of preferred future articles, this feature is convenient for keeping track of articles and ebooks you plan to read soon.
Kindle for Android is a plain and straightforward platform, but it doesn’t have the sophisticated and slick interface and look some users might prefer. However, for readers committed to the Amazon ecosystem, Kindle for Android is a great choice.
iOS users might prefer to stick with Apple’s iBooks and enjoy a more seamless experience with the Apple Book Store. However, Kindle for iOS works fine for those who aren’t bothered by jumping through an extra set of hoops to stay connected to the Amazon experience.
Kindle books can be read on a variety of devices—smartphones, tablets, laptops. For those interested in convenience and portability, e-readers can carry hundreds of Kindle titles. With a range of versions to choose from, the Kindle e-reader is the most popular lightweight, high-quality e-reader device available.
There are others, including Kobo and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.