Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 84 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.10.8 build 40514
File Size:
36.39MB
Date Added:
March 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Vista/7/XP SP 2
Total Downloads:
358,481
Downloads Last Week:
1,787
Product ranking:
#1 in eBooks
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 84 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Kindle Doesn't Print"

    August 08, 2014   |   By fk57304

    Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.8 build 40514

    Pros

    It can download to the app quickly

    Cons

    You can print any ebooks that you purchased by Amazon's Kindle. You are stuck with the app. You really can't do what you want with the ebook you purchased. One such feature is printing. While any tech app in the world has printing options, Kindle does not. The only thing you can do is print one by one..Seriously? Either you can print or not. What is this page by page priting.. Don't have that much time to waste. This app is useless. I wouldn't even download it. There is a reason why is free. Amazaon is trying to convince everyone to use it.

    Summary

    Books come in different formats. I can get books in PDF and don't have any issues. I need to print and highlight as I am reading. I just found out that I can print but only page by page. Either you can print or you can't. Not having a printing option in an app is horrible. We live in a tech world and that is a basic function. This software is useless. I will not buy another kindle ebook.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good idea but not reliable on Vista at any rate"

    May 07, 2014   |   By alphasun4

    Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.8 build 40514

    Pros

    Free, works some of the time

    Cons

    Won't download some books on my home wireless setup.

    Summary

    I have Vista on a Vaio and find that some books won't download the full versions after purchase despite pulling out all the solutions stops provided by Amazon. I just bought a best seller (Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century) and can download the sample easily but not the book even though I've bought it.
    I suspect that my Homeplugs arrangements at home may interfere with the download, or that Amazon's servers are overloaded.

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  • 5 stars

    "GREAT AP to categorize your Kindle books...."

    April 04, 2014   |   By Parisfox

    Version: Kindle for PC 1.10.8 build 40514

    Pros

    I "love" this. I have almost 2000 Kindle books in my Cloud Reader and this makes it SO easy to sort them into different categories. I just don't understand why this isn't available as an ap for the Kindle Fire. That would make SO much sense to have it on the Kindle. But...having it on my computer is better than nothing. I have several different collections (categories). Mystery; Historical; Romance; Western; Paranormal; Fantasy; Recipes & Cookbooks; Misc; and others. Makes it much easier to find the type of book I want to read next.

    Cons

    The ONLY thing I don't like about this is that I can't put it on my Kindle Fire. Please make it available as a Kindle ap.

    Summary

    Get it...you won't regret it...especially if you are an avid reader like I am.

    Updated on Apr 4, 2014

    I also have a collection named "Already Read" where I put the titles after I read them and remove them from whatever collection they were in before I read them.

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