By AMZN Mobile LLC
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
The Kindle app gives users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
Get the best reading experience available on your Mac:
• Shop the Kindle Store for over 1,000,000* Kindle books, including New Releases and 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 610,000* of these books are $9.99 or less, including 79 New York Times Best Sellers.
• Start reading immediately with three free books: Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island, and Aesop’s Fables. Thousands more free classics are available in the Kindle Store.
• Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy.
• Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color and font size.
• Instant dictionary word lookup with 250,000 entries and definitions. Select a word to view the definition. Use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information.
• Search inside the book to find a character, topic, or section you want to revisit.
• Simply click on either side of the screen or press the arrow keys to turn pages.
• You can also read your Kindle books on your Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPad, PC, Android-based device, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7-based device. Our Whispersync technology syncs your last page read, notes, bookmarks, and highlights across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.
* Selection and price of books in the Kindle Store may vary by country.
What's New in Version 1.10.3
• Support for Lion gestures (panning and swiping).
• Support for Kindle Format 8 books, providing richer formatting.
• Improved support for larger libraries; Bug fixes and performance improvements.
• Improved performance for books that have a large number of notes and highlights.
• Support for Japanese.
• Miscellanous bug fixes.
Useful but still has some stability issues.
A useful application to have on my Mac and MacBook. I have bought a lot of programming and software development books over the years. In the last year or so I have been buying soft copies of the books and I've found it very useful to always have them to hand on whatever maching that I am using, wherever I am. Kindle is basic but works well and I find that I am using it pretty much every day to consult the reference books that now go everywhere with me.
One feature that it does not have - that I would like - would be the ability to search all the books in the library or, better still, in a category - rather than just the currently open book.
Kindle has been generally stable but I noticed that went through periods of instability. I've finally figured out that the vast majority of the crashes occurred shortly after opening the application on my MacBook at work while it was connected to the company's Ethernet cable. Unplugging the cable (and using wi-fi) for the first few minutes of use appears to cure the problem. I assume the application is trying to report back usage but has a bug in that area that doesn't like the Ethernet connection.
It Didn't Do What I Wanted...
I downloaded the App with the naive intention of using it to organise my books. I like to go through a large amount of books and the organisation options on the Kindle Touch leave a great deal to be desired. I wanted to organise via the collections option, similar to a folder, and was under a misplaced asumption that the Kindle App for my Mac would be able to support syncing in this fashion, much in the same way of music to an iPod through iTunes.
I spent a good hour importing my files into one place where the App could read them and then organised several books into a collection. I think disconnected my Kindle, expecting some further collections. This did not happen. I have tried several variables to no avail, all the App allows you to do is read books on your computer. Who wants to do that, really?
The App itself is nicely presented but feels much more like a PC imported system instead of an intuitive Mac designed software. The organisation in question is clunky and slow, you cannot select multiple books for example, and as highlighted does not sync at ALL with the Kindle Device.
Good if you want to read on your mac, but honestly go buy a book instead.
Poor functionality, nice presentation, poor integration.
I must admit that a Kindle never really appealed to me as I am usually at home when I read and I thought that they were over priced and too precious to be flaunting about with. I thought I would see what all the fuss was about as this app was free and nothing to lose. What can I say ... it is a very well designed and engineered app. It is easy to use and based on a 'keep it simply stupid' design. I have it on my Macbook Pro 17.5 on full screen so that the gray background helps to reduce glare. I find that I needed to reduce the brightness too to stop my eyes from getting sore; this is easily done in the application settings so your not having to adjust your usual screen brightness. Looking at the available books there is a treasure trove of free classics to get started with. I am really impressed. Is it better than reading a book? ... No it is not, but the shear convienience in this mad world makes it a now must have for me.