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Kindle for iPhone has brought back the joy of reading

  • Oct 6, 2009
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I'll be the first to admit that I don't read a much as I should.  When I do read, I enjoy it, but for some reason, finding the time to read has become more and more difficult lately.  For a recent flight I thought I'd purchase a book using Kindle for the iPhone to see if perhaps a technology gadget could get me to start reading again more.

While I didn't get to read at all during my cross-country flights (anyone flown with a 9 month old recently?), I have significantly increased my reading thanks to the Kindle app.  The biggest advantage of reading using the Kindle app over a traditional book is that it's always with me.  Any free moment I have, I find myself pulling out my phone in attempts to knock out another chapter -- And since the iPhone is backlit, the Kindle app has been VERY useful for the late night teething fits my daughter has been having recently.  While I rock her back to sleep in my arms, I can thumb through a few more pages each night in the dark.  Of course, that will take a toll on the battery if you're reading for long stretches of time, but I charge my phone each night and I haven't run into any complete shutdowns.  Have a charger handy, though, just in case.

Unfortunately, the Kindle app doesn't support a "library" mode, so essentially anything you want to read, you need top purchase from Amazon.com (although there are a few public domain works available for free).  It also makes it very difficult to loan a recently completed book to a friend after you've finished, but if you compare the price of the book with the price of a movie ticket, and take into consideration the number of hours you spend reading a book, it becomes much easier to justify.  This may not be enough to win over avid library goers, though.

The Kindle app itself is free so anyone with an iPhone or iPod touch should grab this app as soon as possible.  if you have an upcoming flight, that would be the perfect opportunity to see if Kindle on the iPhone is the right fit for you.  Despite the drawbacks mentioned, the Kindle App is the best way for me to increase my book consumption.   

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October 06, 2009
Very insightful. I have downloaded the kindle App, and I love it. However, I find that it takes me a lot longer to read a book on Kindle.
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review by . January 14, 2010
If you own an iphone and are an avid reader this is a great app. If you own a kindle this is a must have app. If you don't own a kindle and have been thinking about getting one the Kindle App is a great way to test your ability to read digitally before investing in a Kindle.       For all the reasons I love the kindle I equally enjoy this app. It's not as full featured as the Kindle but it provides the same convenience of the kindle: Lower cost books Access to …
review by . April 04, 2009
I didn't think this application would interest me. The thought of reading an entire book on my iPhone didn't seem like something I would enjoy. Considering that I haven't had time to read a "real" book cover to cover in a decade I thought I would give it a shot. I have now finished my third book in less than two weeks. Having it on my iPhone has enabled me reading opportunities that I wouldn't have had before. I am reading everywhere with a device that is already on me at all times.  It's easy …
review by . March 30, 2010
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.
Quick Tip by . May 01, 2010
I love reading on my Kindle and then switching to my iPhone when I'm on the go. I read twice as much!
Quick Tip by . April 07, 2010
Still relevant, and works great with the iPad kindle. amazon is till my source for books and music.
review by . June 09, 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 …
Quick Tip by . September 01, 2009
The Kindle app for the iPhone is a must, especially when used in conjunction with the kindle. http://lunch.com/t/gmn
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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
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