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Put Kindle on your Android

The free Kindle app for Android isn't fancy, but it gets the job done -- and well.

The free Kindle app for Android is a rock-solid e-reader option that seamlessly ties to your Amazon account. It may not have many bells or whistles, but it does its job well, and can easily reach into Amazon.com's enormous library of downloadable works.

The app opens up directly into your Kindle library, which shows all of the books tied to your account. If you want to expand your library, you can tap the Kindle Store button on the top right and sift through Amazon.com's catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers. And thanks to a recent update, the Kindle app can now also handle illustrated children's books, comics, and graphic novels. If you're not quite ready to commit to a purchase, Kindle lets you preview the first chapter of any book before buying.

Kindle's in-book experience is as straightforward as it gets. To turn the page, simply swipe or tap somewhere in the margin. A tap to the center of the page brings up status, location information, and reader controls. There's also a menu at the top of your screen, in case you want to change text size, brightness, or background color. Background choices include black, white, or my personal favorite, sepia. Hopefully Amazon adds other textures and colors to enhance the experience.

As with Kindle on other platforms, this app remembers where you put your bookmarks, though it would be nice if we could rename the bookmark, rather than try to remember each assigned location.

Finally, the Kindle app for Android now supports the Send to Kindle feature, which allows you to send files to your account in the cloud and access them from your Android device. Supported file types include JPG, DOC, RTF, PDF, and more.

If you're looking for fancy visuals like 3D page-turning, then look elsewhere. Otherwise, Kindle for Android is a perfectly capable e-reader, and is the no-brainer choice for those already locked into the Amazon ecosystem.

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