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.
Retina support is REALLY needed for this app.
Simple App Fails At Delivering
Speaking as a developer, this is a fairly simple app. I'm not talking about all the backend stuff to make the Kindle's sync which is already done and works fine, I'm talking about the UI. The user has a library. The user picks a book. The book is loaded. There's some text on the screen. The user goes forward, the user goes backward. I'm being overly simplistic, but it's an app that could be done for a final project in a college level class.
But yet even easy things are not taken care of:
* Obviously, as others have mentioned, Retina support would be nice.
* Why do I see the toolbar and progress indicators when I choose to go full screen? Not even an option? It's called fullscreen mode for a reason.
* Why can't I change the matte color?
* Why does swiping a long distance scrub me through the pages? This is not a video. It's a book. There should at least be an option.
* Why does "scrubbing" through the book crash the app on Mountain Lion?
* Why does this app take a ridiculously large amount of memory. With ONE book downloaded and opened, it's currently using 670MB of memory. Chrome is currently running with 23 tabs open and is only at 520MB.
I know how difficult building a good piece of software is, but event so, this app is a pretty pathetic attempt. If it wasn't free, I'd be upset.
Easily one of the worst apps I have ever used for what should be something very simple. The simple task of reading a few pages of text becomes less than intuitive, and this Kindle app has extrememly poor integration with basic Mac OSX features (e.g., “natural" scrolling). In general, trying to scroll on a single page is very cumbersome - the screen jumps ahead too far and I can’t keep my place on the page. Text is not automatically fit to the screen area (the app uses a fixed width and height for each page), so I have to scroll up and down a single page, but instead of continuosly scrolling to the next page, it auto-advances to the next page when I get to the bottom of the current page. Zooming on a page works, but each time you zoom the position is reset somehow (i.e., something in the middle of the viewable area does not stay in the middle of the viewable area when you zoom in or out).
TL;DR - very difficult to read basic text. Install Calibre instead.