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Kindle for iPhone and iPad

If you already have an iPhone or iPod touch and don’t want to invest in the Amazon Kindle 2, now you don’t have to. Thanks to the Free Kindle for iPhone app from Amazon which gives you wireless access to the same 240,000-plus e-books previously only available on Amazon’s own Kindle and Kindle 2 electronic readers. New released books cost around $9.99 and there are lots of free previews that you can try out. Your purchases are wirelessly transferred to the iPhone or Touch.

Other iPhone apps for reading books have been around for some time including Stanza and Classics, but now with the Kindle app, you get a ton of new content.

Once you open the Kindle app, log in to your Amazon account to get going. You will see a list of your previously purchased eBooks which you can sort by date, title and author.

Tapping on the Get Books button gives you a message to log into the website at amazon for buying books. So you can buy books from either:
– The Kindle Store on a Kindle device
– With a web browser on a computer or Safari at http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore/

Unfortunately the Kindle iPhone app does not allow you to buy books from your iPhone or iPod touch using the Kindle app at this time.

Kindle for iPhone

From your list of books, tap on any book to start reading or swipe to delete a book. The menu on the bottom consists of the following options:

  • Back – jumps back to your last point
  • + – Add a bookmark for the current page
  • Bookmarks – view and edit your bookmarks
  • Font Size – pick from 5 sizes that automatically reformat the book to fit the screen
  • Sync to furthest Page Read – This is a breakthrough feature for eBooks. Since you can be reading the same book on a Kindle or an iPhone or an iPod touch, this button synchronizes your place to where you left off the last time you opened this book.

On the bottom is a slider that you can use to quickly flip through the pages (location) on the book and it gives a visual representation of of how far along you are.

The Kindle app does let you change the size of the text and both let you leave bookmarks. Both let you use Amazon’s Whispersync technology. This means if you have both a Kindle 2 and the iPhone app, you can start reading a book on a Kindle and then continue where you left off on your iPhone or Touch, and vice versa.

Samples, Samples, and more Samples:
When you are browsing the Kindle Store, you will see a button labeled “Send Sample Now” on many books. Just tap that button and choose your iPhone device from the drop down list. Amazon will wirelessly send a sample to your Kindle app the next time you hit the refresh button. Amazon calls this sync technology Amazon Whispernet technology. Samples let you check out lots of books that you would not have otherwise bought letting you experiment with new book authors and subjects.

Free Books for your Kindle App:
If you want to just try out the Kindle app, there are many free books available in the Kindle Store. Just grab a few of them and try out the Kindle for iPhone functionality for your self.

What are the differences between the Kindle and the Kindle for iPhone app?

  • Kindle also gives you the ability to subscribe to newspapers, magazines or blogs, but the iPhone app does not have this ability.
  • On the iPhone you swipe the screen to change pages. On Kindle you press physical buttons.
  • Amazon’s Kindle device has a much larger screen than the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Kindle claims its battery lasts days or weeks while the iPhone goes into hours. Turning off WiFi in both devices helps increase battery lives.
  • The Kindle iPhone app will not read-aloud books that the Kindle 2 does.
  • The Kindle iPhone app does not have a dictionary.
  • The Kindle for iPhone app doesn’t support inserting annotations on the iPhone, but you can read notes and highlights you entered on a Kindle.

Buy Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
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Kindle on the iPad

The iPad app features Amazon’s Whispersync tech to sync your eBook purchases automagically, even details such as the last page read, notes you’ve taken and bookmarks and highlighted text are sychronized across all your devices, including the Mac Kindle app, PC Kindle App, iPhone Kindle App, iPad Kindle app and more handhelds as well.

The iPad Kindle app lets you browse the Amazon Kindle bookstore and buy from a selection of over 450,000 Kindle eBooks. You can sample books by reading some free chapters and buy if you like them. The app has virtual 3D page flipping graphical enhancements that resemble book like features. Books can be sorted by date, price and more, and viewed in either a grid view, or list view. The Kindle iPad app also competes for eBook dollars against the iPad’s very own built in app, “iBooks” which includes content in Apple’s Book Store.

Kindle for iPad

AppSafari Rating: 3/5

This 3rd Party App is available at the Apple iTunes AppStore. Browse the full list of all AppStore apps filed under the AppStore category.

Download Kindle for iPhone and iPad at iTunes App Store
Price: Free
Developer: AMZN Mobile LLC
Version: 2.7
Size: 9.72 MB
AppSafari review of Kindle for iPhone and iPad was written by on March 4th, 2009 and categorized under App Store, Books, Featured, Productivity, Reading, Shopping. Page viewed 7733 times, 2 so far today. Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.

4 Comments to “Kindle for iPhone and iPad”

  1. too bad the app is not available in Spore!!

  2. Thats great material, like your stuff, just passing to say hi!

  3. http://tiny.cc/z5mkV Free The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson is now free for the Kindle

  4. This post is just the tip of the iceberg.I think you made some good points in Features but there might be more good points.

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