Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.10.1 build 40262
  • Total Downloads:
    395,612
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2012
  • 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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Seems to do what it claims to do."

May 14, 2012  |  By davidinfrance

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.1 build 40262

Pros

Simple to understand, intuitive to use and synchronises instantly with Kindle.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

A bit too simple for a real rave but for book reading on pc it's a winner.

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4 stars

"I love it."

April 23, 2012  |  By paulinepol

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.1 build 40262

Pros

Easy to set up. Speed is nice.

Cons

Some sites, ie. Facebook, are better on a computer. That's no big deal for me but may be for some. Need to watch battery use.

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4 stars

"A convenient way to read Amazon-bought books"

March 25, 2012  |  By adeh999

 |  Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.1 build 40262

Pros

Pretty easy to download the software and books, and easy to read. also I like the bookmark facility that takes me to where I left off.

Cons

My only quibbles are not being able to read ebooks from other sites on it without laboriously changing the file type ending (e.g. .mobi), and that I sometimes have to hit the synch button to see new books on the library page.

Summary

I've read some negative comments here about crashes etc., which sound like a problem with the initial download rather than the product itself as it works fine on my laptop. I wonder if it's the Cnet download that's at fault? I got mine direct from amazon.co.uk and can read ebooks downloaded from there fine on my very humble laptop (i.e. you don't need a powerful rig to use this software).

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Amazon.com
Publisher web site http://www.amazon.com
Release Date March 19, 2012
Date Added March 19, 2012
Version 1.10.1 build 40262
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows 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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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