It runs, looks and feels like a Kindle device


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Over 950,000 ebooks available to buy and thousands free; runs like a Kindle device.
You have to register with Amazon to use the app.

Our Review:

I am sure we have all heard, seen, or even held a Kindle so there will be no suprise to know that there is also a Kindle app for Android. When you first make that scary tap on the app you are presented with a dark screen that has the word "Kindle" emblazoned in the centre. After about 10 seconds (for me anyway) it takes me to a "Register now to get started" screen. So far I don't like it. I just want to read a book, not register my details with anyone. But heigh-ho, here we go. Thankfully, I already have an Amazon account so I have tapped in my details and then I get to the next screen. (By the way, if you don't have an Amazon account, there is also an option on the first screen to register for one.)

So let me describe what I am now looking at. In the centre is an advert telling me that the Amazon shop has over 950,000 books in the Kindle store (yawn). At the bottom of the screen is a row of miniature book covers under Editor's Picks. And at the top of the screen are 4 tabs. The first is Home, i.e. the page I have just described. The second is titled On Device. So let's see what that does.

Nothing happened and I am left with a blank screen and the tabs at the top. So moving on we tap on Archive. Ditto. So let's go to the final tab, Store. And surprise, surprise, that takes me to the Kindle Store. I won't lie to you when I say I am not a big fan of Kindle as I don't like the idea of being tied-in to one supplier of reading material in only one format. But on the other hand they do have a huge range of books that can easily be downloaded quickly to your device and they do have thousands of free ebooks too.

Anyway, back to the review. I've now tapped on the Home page and this time I have chosen one of the Editor's Picks. But I don't really want to spend any money so I am going to try a sample of a book to see how well that works in the app. So, the sample has finally loaded and the page format is simple black text on a white background with the pages slideable to the left or right. Similar to the Kindle device itself you have options for font sizes, page layout, line spacing, font colour/page colour, and brightness. You can Go To, Bookmark, and Search, and apart from actually buying the book, that's about it. Kindle lovers will love the app, that I have no doubt, but if you are a Kindle lover that means you already have a Kindle, so there is no point in having this app too (apart from being able to use it in the dark).

As ebook readers go it's simple, though you can sync across multiple devices. It is based on the popular Kindle and in portrait and landscape mode, the text from the book reads really well. On the downside, you are tied into Amazon. So, if you are like me, have different ebook reader apps on your device.

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