Buy, Download, and Read Books using your Iphone or Ipod Touch
Jun 9, 2009
The "Kindle" is a e-book reader that uses "electronic ink" instead of an LCD screen for it's display. It's offered through Amazon.com, but there are other readers that use similar technology.... most notably the ones from Sony. But these new readers are pretty expensive.
But now, for owners of an Apple Iphone or Ipod Touch, there's a free App from Amazon (Also called the "Kindle") that lets you Buy, Download, and Read the books offered in the "Kindle Store" at Amazon.com (even if you don't own a Kindle device). The "Kindle Store" is similar to the Apple "App Store" in it's function. And like the "App Store", the "Kindle Store" has plenty of free (and practically free) books being offered. The grand concept of Kindle is to eventually have all the books ever printed available in digital form.
So here's how it works. Go to the Apple "App Store" and look up the free "Kindle" App. Download it and install it on your Iphone or IPod Touch. If you don't currently have an Amazon.com account you'll have to create one. If you already have an Amazon.com account, you'll use your existing account to buy and download the books. When you purchase or download a free book through the Kindle store at www.amazon.com, it will then give you an option to send it to your Iphone, Ipod Touch, or Kindle (if you have one). It will then automatically transfer the book using wifi or data plan you have on your Ipod or Iphone. The books you purchased are stored on your Amazon Account, so you can always re-download them to your device (or devices) at any time. You can have the same book downloaded to your Kindle and Iphone (or Touch) at the same time too, and the program will remember what page you're on. For example, you read up to page 10 on the Iphone and it will automatically remember to open the book up to page 10 for that book on the Kindle device (if you have one) too. I actually don't own the "Kindle" device, so I can't comment on the similarities or differences that the user interface on the device may have compared with this App.
After using the App for a week, here are some pros and cons I noticed:
Pros: -Large Library of e-books available... and many of them free
-Fast download to device... it took about 20 seconds for me, but time varies according to size of book.
-The Kindle App interface on Ipod was very easy to use and intuitive.
-Font size was adjustable
-App was Free ("Free" is always a good thing)
-You can flip your Ipod or Phone horizontally and the text will automatically flip format for you... just like it does for web pages.
Cons: -The App can't read other formats other than the Amazon Kindle format... for example it can't read PDF, .txt ...etc. If they turned it into a universal book reader, it would be so much more useful/powerful.
-The format of the page numbering system for Kindle doesn't make sense. I suspect that it's because you can change the font size and thus alter how much text is displayed, so there is no real "fixed page" format. But because it 'remembers' what page you're on, this isn't really a big issue.
-You can't buy books directly through the App on your Iphone or Touch... but there is a link within the App that opens up the Ipod/Iphone browser to the "Kindle Store", so you can buy books through the browser. I think it'd be better if they just "integrated" the Kindle Store within the App itself.
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Kindle for the iPhone is a good reader if you don't mind the small screen size, and it is convenient for adding Kindlebooks from the iPhone. The UI is simple and un cluttered, it is just for reading - as well it should be.
Kindle for the iPhone allows iPhone and iPod touch owners to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface. You can shop for hundreds of thousands of books at www.amazon.com/kindlestore, and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone or iPod touch.
Read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPod touch
• No Kindle required
• Access your Kindle books even if you don't have your Kindle with you
• Automatically synchronizes your last page read between devices with Amazon Whispersync
• Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle