Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link will take you to the Amazon Kindle Web site, where you can scan a QR code to download the app. It is also available in the Android Market app on your Android phone.
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.
The Kindle app puts over a million books at your fingertips. It's the app for every reader, whether you're a book reader, magazine reader, or newspaper reader--and you don't need to own a Kindle to use it. Choose from over a million Kindle books from the Kindle Store or enjoy popular magazines like The Economist and Reader's Digest with high-resolution color images.*
Read Free Books--Choose from thousands of free ebooks such as Pride & Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Shop for Books--Easily shop for ebooks, including new releases and New York Times Best Sellers.
Use the Built-In Dictionary, Google, and Wikipedia--The Kindle app has a built-in dictionary that allows you to look up words instantly while you're reading your ebooks. Simply tap and hold a word to view its definition or use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information.
Sync Your eBooks--The Kindle app lets you read the same book across devices and automatically syncs where you left off so you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device. The app syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights between Android, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, and any of our Kindle devices using our Whispersync technology.
Sample Books Before You Buy--Read the first chapter of a book for free before you decide to buy.
Customize Your Reading--Choose your preferred font size, screen brightness, background color, and orientation (portrait or landscape) to read your books.
Borrow eBooks from the Library--Check out ebooks from your local library and have them delivered wirelessly to your Kindle app.
Read print replica textbooks on Android tablets. Print Replica Kindle books maintain the rich formatting and layout of their related print editions and provide features to help students study smarter including ability to highlight passages, add margin notes, and search for keywords. Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your devices.
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