If you are looking for an inexpensive form of entertainment this holiday season, the check out the Kindle Reader app for the PC, which was recently released on Amazon.com. The Kindle Reader for the PC enables PC users to read Kindle books on their PC and sync them with their Amazon Kindle, or iPhone/iPod Touch if they have one. The best part is that you don’t need a Kindle Reader or an iPhone/iPod Touch to use the app – anyone can download the app free from Amazon and read books straight from their PC. The Kindle Reader will be available on the Mac in the near future; you can register for an e-mail alert and Amazon will shoot you an e-mail when the Mac Reader is available.
About the Kindle Reader for the PC
Read Kindle Books on Your Computer:
- Get the best reading experience available on your PC. No Kindle required.
- Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you.
- Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync.
- Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle.
The Kindle Reader for PC has a few functions that are not available on the Kindle Reader app for the iPhone/iPod Touch, such as the percentage complete function to see how much of the book you have read. On the flip side, it is also lacking a few features that Amazon will release updates for later.
I love the Kindle Reader App
I haven’t yet purchased an Amazon Kindle, partly because it is an expensive item (currently $259), and partly because I don’t want to be locked into buying books at $10-$20 each. I currently borrow most books from the library or I buy them at used book stores.
Free Kindle Books. The good news is that you can download a wide range of Free Amazon Kindle Books at Amazon, but the titles are mostly limited to books that are out of copyright. I downloaded quite a few classics, which I enjoy reading.
I want a Kindle, but I can wait.
I read more now than I did before I had the iPod Touch. Having multiple books in a more portable medium makes it easy to take books on the road and read whenever/wherever I am. I know I would enjoy the Amazon Kindle more than reading on the iPod Touch because the screen size is larger and the Kindle is more comfortable to hold for reading. But I have a feeling the Amazon Kindle will go through some improvements in the near future and will have more functions and cost less than it currently does, so I can wait. I have a lot of patience and have no problem letting other people pay the early adopters tax.
So for the time being I plan on using the Kindle App on my iPod Touch to read the books I downloaded for free and I will borrow or buy newer books so I have a wider range of reading material.