Hands-down my favorite reader app. iBooks isn't as easy to use as this is (for me) and I can send PDF files to my own custom Kindle email address. Stable, consistent and packed with multi-media features on both iPhone and iPad, this has been my go-to reader since the beginning and for me is the standard.
Yes I read them all
great for reading when you don't want the kids to see what you are reading and tell other parents "my mom is reading 50 shades of something"
Updates frequently, which is important for such a mainstream app. I LOVE that I can look up a word's definition in the middle of a story/chapter/article. So awesome.
This app does exactly what it's supposed to
Seriously. It's a KINDLE.
Amazon is the original granddaddy of books, and the way they've brought this content to the digital world is simply beautiful. Perhaps the best part of this app is that it completely syncs with any other Kindle device or app you have - wherever you stop in a particular book is where you'll pick up on another device.
I love my Kindle and it's great to have an app for my iPad. Simple, easy to read, easy downloads. A great app.
My Favorite App
I can only say that about ONE app on my device, and this is it. It lets me read books. I love books. I don't love having a wall full of books, I like to carry them around, read one in a local pub, sit out in the cockpit of my boat at night and read. This app lets me do that.
When I want a new book, I have the connivence of Amazon's search at my disposal, and, e-books are cheaper than print books by at least one third.
There are so many things i love about this app, and not one that I dislike (OK, you could knock a few more bucks off the price, since you have NO OVERHEAD with digital books). If I could give 10 bars to this app, I would!
Warming up to digital books
I don’t think I’ll ever buy a Kindle, but I really like that there’s a Kindle app for the iPhone. The absolute best thing about this app is that you can download a book on your iPhone or iPad and stil be able to read it on an actual Kindle, which seems to be the best choice for students. Whispersync technology syncs your last page read so you can pick up where you left off. Plus, there’s a fairly good amount of free Kindle books available.
Kindle for iPhone
I don't do a lot of reading on my iPhone (prefer the iPad), but having access to a Kindle reader from the phone is a great tool. Great way to get eBooks without having to commit to a Kindle.
An entire library at your fingertips
I love reading a good book whenever I have nothing else to do. I'm not gonna carry a book around though so this App is a great way for me to read some classic literature without having to plan out times when I'm going to read. Instead I have the option to wip out my Itouch at any time and read a few pages to pass the time
I love my Kindle, I love my iPhone, I love my iPad.
I read books on all three and I love how it syncs all of the devices so the book I read last night before bed on my Kindle is bookmarked at the same point so I can start at the same point at lunch on my iPhone or before dinner on my iPad.... simply awesome!
I have 6 books in my pocket!
I'd say the Kindle app is on my top 10 favorite apps... particularly on the iPad. I love being able to have access to multiple books at once. I'm kind of an ADD book reader - I usually have 3 or 4 books going at once. When traveling for work I used to get stuck reading a book that I didn't like because it was the only one I brought with me.
My favorite feature: auto bookmarking- I can easily pick up my iPad or iPhone and start reading where I was days or hours ago.
I have pretty great vision up-close so I can read on the iPhone with the font on the smallest setting. Another advantage I've found using the app on my iPhone is I can easily "pick up a book" at night if I can't sleep without having to turn on the lights.
A free app I certainly would recommend trying out. There are numerous free kindle books available on the Amazon store (download them straight from phone or iPad).
Works very well
Kindle for iPad works very well. It is unfortunate, that you can't organize your books in categories & shelves. When your collection grows beyond a few books this will become issue. Buying and delivering an example for others.
Great eBook Reader
Great reader, simple and easy to use.
I only use to read book on my Kindle -- no longer this is actually a little better and this app make it a lot easier.
Kindle app for iPad a perfect 10
With over 800 Books in my Kindle library I have quite an investment. I love being able to read using this app on my iPad. Books are crisp and clear, library is easy to maintain and my books are on my Kindle, laptop and my iPad. This has to be one of the top 10 iPad apps out there.
I realize that everyone may not read as much as I do. I average 3 books/week. Before I got the Kindle app for my iPhone, I was carrying around whatever book that I was reading around in my purse. Now all I have to do is pull out my iPhone. Currently I have 40 books loaded and ALL of them were free! Some people gripe about the cost of the new Kindle books but if I can get a brand new release for $10-$13, I'm all for it. These books are regularly $25-$30 in the bookstores and it's not like I keep them on a shelf in my home, I usually end up giving them away. The app is EASY to use.
Must have for ebook readers
Version 2.2 has the New Oxford American Dictionary for full definition of the word highlighted and gives an option of Wikipedia and Google search.
Heavy weight champion over the iBooks.
Whisper sync with the Amazon Kindle 3 is a dream come true, well almost, I need a color display of the Kindle at $99.
Not quite the same...
I have to admit before I even start writing this review that as of this moment I'm still one of those "I want it in paper" book readers. I like to hold it, I like to see it in my bag, and I like to turn over the page to mark where I am.
All that said kindle and the like are growing on me. Being able to search for that one sentance you want to quote easily is amazing. Having more than a few books on me at the same time is also great. As someone who regularly reads four or more books at a time I should probably get over this paper attachment.
That said this app isn't going to be full reading size so I can't imagine it would ever take the place of a normal size page. You can get a number of free books or very cheap books which could definitely be useful when things are dull or you need some reading entertainment.
For now this sits on my phone waiting until I finally get over paper. I don't suspect it will be soon.
Feeds My Reading Addiction
This weekend I decided to test out my new Kindle app - and on the spur of the moment downloaded "Beautiful Boy", a memoir about a father dealing with his drug-addicted son. Because the story was so easily accessible, I could not stop reading until I finished the entire book. I read at red lights. I read in the movie theatre (the movie was boring). I read while preparing dinner. The next day: my thumb hurts from having to slide to the next tiny page so often. My eyes smart, though the reading experience was better than I thought it would be. The Kindle app is definitely great to have - though next time I may use it in a lighter way - to say catch up on a business book while in line at the post office, or something like that, instead of using it to read a serious memoir cover-to-cover.
Why buy a Kindle when you can read the ebooks on your iphone? One device less to carry around :-)
The perfect app for the avid reader on the go.
I never remember to bring a book, but I NEVER forget to bring my phone...problem solved.
10 Reasons to LOVE the Kindle App
It is surprisingly pleasant to read electronic books on the Kindle Reader application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
I had downloaded the Kindle App a long time ago, but it took a long time before I tried it.
Why not? Well, I had some reservations.
My biggest reservation was over the relatively small size of the iPod Touch screen. How comfortable would it be to peer at a 3.5 inch screen and read? (The regular Kindle has a 6″ screen, while the Kindle DX is 9.7″.)
However - once I tried it, I was hooked. Just like with watching videos on my iPod Touch, you soon get used to the size of the screen. After a few minutes it’s just you and your Touch. Once you start reading and concentrating, you’ll find the screen size becomes less of an issue. In fact, as I will explain below, the small size makes the iPhone reader more convenient and portable than a Kindle. In some senses, the small size is an advantage.
10 Reasons to LOVE the Kindle Reader App:
(1) The experience is like having a bookstore in your pocket. Currently the Kindle Store at Amazon has over 360,000 books. But be forewarned — it is almost too easy to purchase books. I purchased half a dozen books in about 10 minutes flat, dropping around $60. Wouldn’t want to keep that up all day or you’d soon go broke.
(2) Purchasing is well coordinated. To purchase books, you just need a WiFi connection in the case of the Touch. You will be connected with the Kindle Store on Amazon. You can use your Kindle account on Amazon to sync up your book purchases on both your Kindle device if you have one, and your iPhone/Touch. If you do not have a Kindle account at Amazon, you can quickly set one up. I logged in using my existing Amazon account.
(3) Get new releases faster. I bought David Faber’s brand new (at the time) book “And Then The Roof Caved In” about the financial crisis in the fall of 2008, and literally had it in one minute without waiting 3 or 4 days for the book to arrive from Amazon. I got it before print readers got their copies.
(4) Books can be cheaper. The Kindle version of Faber’s book cost me $9.99, about $7 cheaper than the hardback release. If you read a lot of books, the savings add up.
(5) You don’t have to shell out $259 for the Kindle device. While the iPhone app lacks some of the features of the real Kindle, the free price tag is hard to beat. And it’s fewer gadgets to mess with.
(6) The screen is backlit. This makes for strong contrast and ease of reading. In this respect, the iPhone app may be superior to the Kindle. Also, I am able to read outside on my deck even at dusk. I can also read at night on a plane or in the car as a passenger, without attaching a bulky booklight.
(7) Flipping pages is really easy — just swipe the screen lightly with your finger. You can change the font size (5 sizes), bookmark pages for later references, and search the Table of Contents. Entries in the Table of Contents are hot-linked, so you can touch a chapter title, for instance, and jump immediately to that chapter without scrolling. A bigger screen would make it a little easier to read, but I didn’t find the small Touch screen to be annoying.
(8) It saves your place automatically so you can pick up reading wherever you left off. This makes it really convenient to read a couple of pages while waiting at the dentist’s office or standing in line at the airport check-in counter.
(9) It lacks features of some better reader apps for iPhone. But with the Kindle app you get access to the large and rapidly growing Amazon Kindle library -- an advantage over other apps.
(10) It’s small enough to slip into a pocket, purse or briefcase and take anywhere. Aside from the free price tag, this is perhaps its best feature. Now that I bought a couple of backup batteries for the Touch, I can read for hours.
What Could Be Better:
One of the features of the standard Kindle is that you can read newspapers, magazines and blogs. Prices for these periodicals range from $0.79 for a single day’s edition of a newspaper, to $0.99 – $1.99 for a monthly blog subscription, with a 14-day free trial of most blogs. However, don’t expect to get these kinds of publications with the iPhone/Touch app. When I attempted to try out a blog on Kindle, I got this message:
“Anita, we currently only show an iPhone or iPod touch registered to your Amazon account. Periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not available on Kindle for iPhone at this time.”
In addition, the Kindle app for iPhone lacks some of the advanced features of the Kindle device. For instance, the iPhone does not read aloud (text to speech), allow you to perform searches, look up words in a dictionary, or highlight text.
Also, the size is both a benefit and a detraction. Lugging around paperbacks while traveling is clunky. It’s a real convenience to have several books on a device small enough to tuck into my pocket, purse or briefcase. But while I was able to get used to the size of the screen within a few minutes, I’m sure it would be more pleasant to read on a larger Kindle device.
I’m convinced that the future of reading will be on electronic devices — although print books will never go away completely, at least not in my lifetime. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, the free Kindle reader app for iPhone is definitely worth downloading.
This review is adapted from the original that appeared on my site, http://smallbiztrends.com.
I don't have a Kindle, so it's nice to be able to buy the books I want for the Kindle without having to buy a Kindle.
It really is a mini-Kindle....key words: Kindle AND mini. Some folks just can't read a book on an iPhone, but if you can, this app can be your ticket.
Snuggled to the warm glow of my iPhone
I lie reading what I want. Don't need to think about carrying paper editions of book. Don't worry about where I left off. Get to adjust the font size, and page background. But most of all, I get to read and listen to music all in one package.
Why would I buy a Kindle when I can get the best benefits within my iPhone. Of course, the actual Kindle device does offer better font management and is said to be easier on the eyes. But I'll happily use this until Apple puts out its rumored iTablet.
It really is...
a Kindle! Buy, read, and store, no problem!
Love it. It's why I bought a Kindle.
I love books. I've got shelves full. Stacks on the floor, on the bedside table, on every available surface and in every bag and backpack. Amazon.com has threatened to stage an intervention and to put me on that A&E show about hoarders.
I teach fiction writing in 4 hour workshops, and books, obviously, are vital. The method I use to teach requires the book.
So, I was resistant to the Kindle. When this app came out, I tried it because I figured if I can read a book on my iPhone, I can read it on something just slightly bigger.
And I got hooked. I always have my iPhone with me. When waiting for my kids to get out of some activity from which I must pick them up, or waiting in line somewhere, I can tap on the Kindle app and have something to read.
I found I no longer had to make sure I always had a book in my purse.
Now that I have a Kindle, I am within easy reach of my Kindle library, and if I read from the iPhone, my last page read is synced to my Kindle. It's one of those things we never imagined would be possible back when we thought the future was made of hover-cars and robots.
It's easier to read a book on the Kindle app than it is to read an email. Text size is customizable. Pages are turned with a swipe.
If you've already got a Kindle, this app is a must. If you don't, getting this app will make it impossible for you to resist buying one.
Great Kindle Companion
There are many times I find I have 15-30 minutes on my hands while I am waiting in line/traffic/between soccer/lacrosse/football games. It is great to be able to grab your iPhone and continue reading a book without missing a beat. Very user friendly. I love that you can make the font really big so I don't need to dig out the reading glasses.
If you own a kindle this is a must have.