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 most recent 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. Over 610,000* of these books are $9.99 or less, including many of the 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 Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, Amazon Fire Phone, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, 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 1.12.4
Kindle for Mac 1.12.4: This update includes stability improvements and bug fixes.
More bugs than a University Entymology Lab
As a college student, I like kindle books because, well, they’re cheap, I’m broke, and hey- textbooks! But this mac app is a disaster. So many bugs, app instability, and constant crashing. But what did the kindle developers expect? As of writing this review, this app hasn’t been updated since October 2015— are they even still developing this? Clearly users (like myself) get frustrated when an app is constantly breaking. UI is slow to respond, rather bulky, and a bit dated. PDF-based textbooks wth images are not very well supported, and changing the window size usually results in a poorly displayed page (i.e., too thin, text bunched together). The app gives way less than a relaxed reading experience when it comes to page display, as the slightest change will alter things like the page number, text highlighted, notes, etc. In short, many of these issues would have been solved if the app were being consistently updated. Instead I wonder whether it’s been abandoned alltogether.
Solid, useful app
I’m surprised by the low reviews here, because I’ve found this to be a good option for reading my (usually significantly less expensive than iBooks) Kindle ebooks.
Overall, the design of the Kindle app is superior to iBooks: for example, you can put a book in more than one category. This is invaluable if you want to create a list of ‘Currently Reading’ or ‘To Be Read’ or ‘Already Read’ books in addition to other useful categories. (With iBooks it’s obnociously one category or nothing.)
The latest version of iBooks has a more modern look and feel and has more features (like being able to handle PDFs, or being able to buy books from within the app, or better font choices) but the Kindle app for the Mac still works well.
Poorly Designed for Students
Reading eTextbooks using this Kindle App for Mac can make annotations, definitions and reading experience very unenjoyable. First, for PDF-based eTextbooks there is no way to display pages side-by-side, like the regular print edition of the textbook would display, or like the Kindle apps for mobile devices allow. You have to look at a narrow, single page at a time, even though all desktop computer screens have wider displays rather than longer ones. Also, scrolling through PDF’s using a trackpad or scrolling mouse will jump semi-randomly through the pages of the book without any notice of the distance of the scroll taking place. Lastly, the annotation and highlighting bar will sometimes appear cut off outside the window of the app, and/or cover up the selection of the eTextbook that you’re trying to highlight, making it impossible to find the end of the phrase you’re highlighting.