Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 87 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.1 build 36154
  • Total Downloads:
    395,612
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 24, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    36.39MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,272
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in eBooks

Editors' Review

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Electronic books have changed the public's reading habits, and millions worldwide now read books, magazines, and other content on handheld readers like Amazon's Kindle. A lot of work went into making Kindle as book-like as possible while still preserving the advantages of an electronic device, such as a customizable interface, variable type size, notes, data storage, and more. Kindle for PC is freeware that lets you access your Kindle titles without a Kindle device. Its Whispersync feature automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and settings between a wide range of compatible devices.

Installing and setting up Kindle for PC is a snap if you already own a Kindle or have an Amazon.com account: just enter your ID and password, and Kindle for PC opens with your account in place. Clicking Archived Items accesses your saved titles. Kindle for PC works much like the handheld device, with a basic but quite user-friendly interface, simple controls, and PC-specific features, such as an outlined graphic that pops up with helpful instructions for using the mouse to do what you do with your fingers on the handheld device. We clicked Shop in the Kindle Store to add some titles; you can buy e-books, but there are literally millions of free titles available to download through Amazon.com directly to your Kindle or, as we discovered, to Kindle for PC, from sites like the Open Library, Internet Archive, and Gutenberg Project. We didn't need to look past the first page to select "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A few clicks, and the e-book was in our Archive. We opened it and immediately began to read a facsimile of the first story, "A Scandal in Bohemia." Navigation was easy with the scroll wheel or by clicking either of the Back and Forward arrows that appeared to the left and right of the text when we hovered our mouse there. Clicking the Font icon on the toolbar let us quickly and easily change font size, words per line, color mode, and brightness, which is welcome since e-books vary in text quality, layout, and contrast. Kindle's bookmarks never fall out, unlike magazine coupons and other improvised paper bookmarks.

Amazon.com is pushing Kindle as nothing less than the future of reading, and it's got a good start on that ambitious goal. Kindle for PC brings your home PC, laptop, and other non-Kindle devices into the loop, and without losing your place.

 
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1 stars

"How do I count the crashes?"

February 22, 2012  |  By philly_jojo

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

None. It won't download from the store. Well it does download then it resets the count of books I have to 0 and tries to download the same book again. The only books I have on it are the ones it came with which I have NO interest in. I read them in High School and considered them as much fun as a tooth extraction without pain killers.

Cons

It has crashed 3 times in 15 minutes. And that is just 15 minutes worth. It keeps trying to download the same book repeatedly. It downloads one book in the amount of time I can download 5 epubs for Calibre.

Summary

I was on the fence about an ereader. This software made my decision for me. As bad as this is, I won't be buying a Kindle. It's will be a Nook. To sum up this experience in on sentence? What a hunk of junk.

Updated on Feb 22, 2012

I uninstalled the software and downloaded the book in epub. Took about 2 minutes to download it and open it to read. Sure beats the last half hour of trying to download to the Kindle for PC and the 4 reinstalls of that software plus trouble shooting [2 hours total] PS... I'm a computer guru for my friends and have been working with DOS and Windows since 1990. So a hunk of junk IS a hunk of junk.

Updated on Feb 22, 2012

I uninstalled the software and downloaded the book in epub. Took about 2 minutes to download it and open it to read. Sure beats the last half hour of trying to download to the Kindle for PC and the 4 reinstalls of that software plus trouble shooting [2 hours total] PS... I'm a computer guru for my friends and have been working with DOS and Windows since 1990. So a hunk of junk IS a hunk of junk.

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3 stars

"Don't know if it's working correctly"

February 16, 2012  |  By voyager_663rd

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

I have installed this program on my PC and it works correctly.

Cons

Having installed this program, I was testing it's ability to access books on Amazon. I don't have a kindle at this point and the only way I can access a book is "on the cloud". When attempting to download to my PC, there is NO option to do so, only to the cloud. Therefore, I am unable to read it offline.

Summary

I am unable to find a solution to this problem so I have reservations about how useful it is.

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5 stars

"Keep your books with you anywhere."

December 18, 2011  |  By Just_Another_Geek

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

It's great that Amazon seamlessly integrates your reading location (in the selected item) across multiple platforms. There are many free titles and just about anything you want to spend your money on.

Cons

I have not seen any drawbacks.

Summary

This type of software is the wave of the future.

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4 stars

"Definite improvement."

December 13, 2011  |  By Porkov

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

This is almost too easy to use.

Cons

It's four in the morning and here I sit.

Summary

If I don't get a life off away from the damned seductive internet, I fear I will suffer the fate of all those other retirees who perish within a year.

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4 stars

"A very handy reference tool"

November 28, 2011  |  By turning.john

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

Excellent display, easy to import books and easy on the eye.

Cons

Quite often the book list duplicates books then on restart removes books from the catalogue.

Summary

I will continue using the program but would like to have the irritations ironed out.

Updated on Dec 4, 2011

I'm not sure if there is any functional improvement but I can say that with this build I haven't lost or gained any books, so the problem may be solved. Still using and enjoying the program.

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4 stars

"Good to access books anywhere"

November 07, 2011  |  By rulid

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

I'm a book-monger. I hoard books. Every time I start a project I have to read at least 5 new books on the subject to feel safe. Hence I almost always use about 10% of my income on books. For people like me it's important not only to have enough references, but to constantly have them at your fingertips for easy access. Kindle allows easy access to my books anywhere: I currently access kindle from my iphone, ipad, laptop, work computer and home computer. It opens up my books at the last page I was reading them on any other platform. Its design is simple, nothing new or exciting. It's power comes from its high accessibility and vast library/store from which to purchase.
Hence you can always reliably purchase a reliable Amazon ebook (which is mostly custom tailored to fit the ebook format) on most paper books and have easy access to it anywhere.

Cons

Kindle footnotes and endnotes aren't very good. To directly access footnotes some platforms (iphone) require you to hit a the small shoulder number, whereas a paperbook would directly display it on the same page. Accessibility of jumping between pages is a bit difficult as well. If you want to access different portions of the book near-simultaneously, as one would often do on a paper book, you have to remember what bookmarks represent what. The fact that it looks and functions more like appending an HTML tag merely represents the laziness of the programmer.
The "share" function: I was appalled that there where highlighted points within the book that some random individual felt noteworthy, and the kindle pointed it out to me so. I prefer my book reading private. But this seems to be a worldly trend.
I'm not sure if the dictionary is highwired into the system. I prefer American Heritage Dictionary. The kindle seems to prefer Oxford; another forced function that I am uncomfortable with.

Summary

Despite the normal function of the program itself, the kindle ebook program's strength comes from Amazon itself. It is highly accessible anywhere anytime with a plethora of books at the ready.
Unfortunately the program itself suffers from the taste of the programmer. End notes and Foot notes, Book marks and -gasp- "Sharing" are some features that are difficult to properly translate from paper books. The choice of Oxford English Dictionary is questionable as American English is distinct from British English, this should be up to preference of the reader.

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4 stars

"Great! Your Kindle content almost everywhere."

November 06, 2011  |  By brucechristie

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

It's clean, simple and easy to use. It's better looking than the Kindle itself, but I expect that to change when I get my Kindle Fire. Kindle for PC and Kindle for Droid have helped to un-tether me from the physical Kindle about the same way the Kindle freed me from books. It makes it so easy to read YOUR selected book or magazine where ever you are. If you have a PC, you don't need to carry your Kindle too.

Cons

I can't think of any.

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5 stars

"Why did I wate so long"

November 05, 2011  |  By centauer26

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

Very easy to use. super fast down load, I have had this now for around two years,about nine months ago my kindle went half black. I called called coustomer suppoet and had a new replacement the following day. ( make sure you get the insurance )I kindle for PC as well it helps to see the book covers when you want to look for that one specal book. I and my wife take them every ware we go.

Cons

KINDLE OR SHOULD I SAY AMAZON DOES SHOW OR GIVE A DISCEIPTION OF THEIR BOOKS.

Summary

I am an avid reader reader and have found many places on the net were you can find free books. As of today I now have over 15,000 plus books. you know the book cases and boxes of books, GONE

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4 stars

"great product"

November 04, 2011  |  By krazielarsen

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

easy to use

Cons

don't have any complaints

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4 stars

"What a surprise Kindle turned out to be; I am well read"

November 04, 2011  |  By azreal

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.8.1 build 36154

Pros

Kindle is lucid and easy to use, I love the way all the words follow each other across the screen to make up sentences. What a wonderful idea; you would never guess that reading would catch on but it just goes to show! What will they think of next.

Cons

I found it a bit cumbersome when trying to read in bed, but once I got the hang of balancing the monitor on my chest it was quite easy; until I fell asleep. The people in the flat below were not amused Philistines!

Summary

Downloading Kindle is the best thing I've done in years. It has inspired me to learn how to read; I never thought I would need such a quaint old fashioned skill but what the hell. I'm starting off slow with simple books written for children by some guy called Shakespeare, it's much ado about nothing but it keeps me amused. I'll try something a little harder next time.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Amazon.com
Publisher web site http://www.amazon.com
Release Date October 24, 2011
Date Added October 24, 2011
Version 1.8.1 build 36154
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/XP SP 2
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.39MB
File Name KindleForPC-installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 395,612
Downloads Last Week 1,272
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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