I am releasing my new book only on Kindle, and so many of you have written me to say you prefer paper books! So, if you have been resistant to trying Kindle books, this article is for you.
I became a "Kindle-Convert" because I love to read books here, there and everywhere. Before I became a Kindle reader, I used to carry at least two heavy books wherever I went in my giant purse.
Still, it has taken me a long to become a devoted Kindle book reader.
Living in the very expensive housing market of Vancouver, Canada, where the average house sells for a million dollars or more, my partner and I have moved 5 times in the last ten years, and our rental homes became smaller and smaller and smaller.
So, as you can imagine, moving so many boxes of books became a heavy chore! Unpacking, and packing books eventually felt too taxing, so we boxed up all our paper books and put them in storage.
The good news is, our quest to buy a reasonably priced home eventually led us to a smaller city, and of our paper books finally came out of storage boxes because we own a home!
Now, I have the best of both worlds, I carry my digital books in my pocket and read them on my phone while in coffee shops, in the park, and as I am waiting in line at the grocery store. I also always have a stack of paper books by my bedside to enjoy on the weekends.
A paper version of my book will be coming in about a year or two. Right now, the best way to get my Kindle book onto your device is to download the free Kindle app.
Benefits of using Kindle
- All your books are synced to the page you are reading. No matter which device you open the book in, you will land exactly at the place where you have finished reading.
- All you have to do is download the Kindle app and sign in using the same Amazon credentials.
- You can access your Kindle books even if you don’t have access to your own device. Thanks to a web app, you can log in to your Kindle library using the web browser on your computer. Try read.amazon.com.
- You have easy access to all your notes and bookmarks from any computer by visiting read.amazon.com/notebook.
Kindle apps are available for Android, iOS, Mac, PC, and web. You can read your Kindle e-books on any device.
FREE KINDLE APPS TO DOWNLOAD
1. Kindle for Android
Download the free Kindle app on your Android tablet or smartphone through the Google Play Store to get instant access to all your Kindle books.
Sign in with your Amazon credentials. You will find your Kindle books under the “All” tab.
The app seamlessly connects with the Kindle Store. You can download free samples or buy books right within the app.
The Kindle app provides features to help you study - you can highlight passages, add margin notes, search for keywords, etc.
2. Kindle for iPad and iPhone
Download the free Kindle app from the App Store and sign in with the credentials you use for your Kindle e-reader or Amazon Fire tablet.
The books are available in the Kindle app home view, under the “All” tab. Tap the book you want to read, and the download will start automatically.
However, compared to the Android app, Kindle for iOS lacks one major feature: you can’t buy books inside the app. Within the app, you will be only able to download free samples or access free books from Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime Reading.
If you want to buy a Kindle book, you can still do it on your iPad or iPhone, but you have to use the Safari browser. When you complete the order and switch back to the Kindle app, the book will be downloaded there.