Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps
By on June 14th, 2010

fbreader-iconMost of you would agree that Amazon.com is one of the best places to look for and buy new and used books. Amazon is also the force behind the Kindle, which is a well known e-book reader device.

kindle-at-amazon The combination of Amazon’s book selection, easy shopping and the Kindle are a nearly unbeatable trio that others have been trying to match for years. The Apple iPad may have a good chance of competing with them, but I’m guessing that the other vendors can only look on with envy and hope.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. Amazon offers free applications that allow you to download Amazon books and read them from your favorite device.

I’ll show you what the Kindle for PC application looks like.

  • If you have other devices such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry, see the download section of this post.

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A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC. However, if you plan to do any shopping at Amazon for non-free books, you could install Kindle for PC and give it a try.

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The Kindle app isn’t very large and doesn’t have a confusing set of features. It gives you easy access to the Kindle Store and also allows you to view many of the 1.8 million free e-books at archive.org.

After installing Kindle for PC, you will be prompted to either create an account at Amazon, or login with your existing account. Since I already had an account, it was simple for me to sign in. Here’s what the Kindle app looked like when I first launched it.

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Since I hadn’t bought any books at Amazon, I used the Shop in Kindle Storebutton, which launched my web browser. I found and followed the links to the free books at archive.org.

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Once there, I found a book that I thought I might read.

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I chose the Kindle version of the book and downloaded it.

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All I had to do was double click the book (.mobi file), and it instantly opened up in the Kindle application. As you can see below, it’s not a complicated interface and while you are reading, you can bookmark pages, highlight text and add notes. That’s everything you need while studying or writing. It also remembers where you were reading last and takes you to that section when you reopen the Kindle app.

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If you have other devices you’d like to read books on, you can also find Kindle readers for the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and BlackBerry.

If you have a Kindle device, these software versions may allow you to synchronize your e-books between the host device and the Kindle device. You may also want to look at our post telling you how to Copy (and convert) Books From PC to Amazon Kindle.

Do you want to try the Kindle reader apps?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Kindle for PC is a pretty good e-book reader. It’s not fancy, and it will surely save you time if you like to shop for books at Amazon. The apps for other devices are probably just as useful, but you’ll have to judge for yourself unless you are willing to send me one of these devices.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

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  • http://www.samsfreeebooks.com sams free ebooks.com

    Thanks. Reading ebooks on you pc is not so well known. I do prefer however to read ebooks on my kindle or the ipad because reading on a computer is very hard and hurts your eyes. We are all used to scanning on the web and while reading you have to focus I find that very difficult. Some people like it however so they'll benefit from that.

  • Mark Smith

    I installed Kindle on my All In One PC but I still enjoy reading directly from the book itself. Old school may be but definitely worth it.

  • Julie

    Great article! Thank you.

    Is there an iPad EBook Reader. That is, is there some software that lets you preview an eBook made for the iPad on your PC, rather than on an iPad?

    Thank you.

    • http://news.google.com/news/search?author:clif+sipe Clif

      Hi Julie – from what I can tell, there is no iBook application for the PC. However, Wikipedia has a list of all the formats that the iPad can read. The trick will be finding an application which can also read the same formats.

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      This won't let you shop for books online on your PC, the only gateway to the bookstore is through iBooks and some of the books are not in the iTunes Store.

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      Weird eh?

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      I still recommend FB Reader for the PC, unless you need to shop on Amazon alot.
      http://techie-buzz.com/media-tools/find-and-read-

  • Leander

    This was an amazing help! Thank you so much!

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      You are quite welcome Leander

  • Katy

    When you buy a book on amazon.com for the kindle for PC, do you get to keep the book? Is it like rental where you read it once and your done, or is it yours forever?

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @Katy – Buying digital books is similar to buying hard copy books, you get to keep both forever.

 
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