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Read Kindle Books On Your Computer with Kindle for PC

Do you already own a Kindle or thinking about purchasing one? To day we look at a free E-Reader app from Amazon that allows you to purchase and read books from the Kindle Store, and makes syncing your computer and Kindle easier.

Note: Windows Only. Mac version coming soon.

Kindle for PC

This handy E-Reader is completely free and installs quickly.


Once it’s ready to go, you’re prompted to sign into your Amazon account. If you don’t have an account and don’t care to sign up for one, you can continue without registering.


After signing in you will see the user interface with a couple of balloon tips to get you started. The interface is very slick and intuitive compared to other E-Readers out there.


After you have a book loaded, you’ll get navigation controls, bookmarking, and “Go To” which lets you jump to a particular section of the book.


There are 10 different font sizes available.


You can bookmark any page in the book as well.


You can navigate through the pages with your mouse or simply use the arrow keys.


You can access the Jumplist on the Windows 7 taskbar and choose from recent books and other options.


Click on the Menu option on the upper right to access settings, sync items, manage your registered Kindle, and send feedback about the app.


Because it’s in Beta the developers want to hear from you how they can improve it.


Buy and Download a Book

To browse the Amazon store, click on Shop in Kindle Store from the Kindle for PC interface.


When you find something you like, click on the Buy now with 1-click button and make sure its set to deliver to your Kindle for PC.


Then on the order confirmation screen click on the Go to Kindle for PC button to pull up the E-reader.


The Home page of the Kindle comes up and you’ll see what books have been downloaded and can monitor the download progress of the one you just bought.


Notice in the lower left corner of the reader you’ll see that it’s synching and checking for new items.


Another cool thing about the Whisperync feature is it lets you go to the last page you read of a book on the PC, a kindle device, or the iPhone app. So no matter where you read your books, there won’t be the hassle of finding where you left off.


You can sync and check for new items at any time from the button next to the Menu.


Once you start getting a larger collection of books, you can sort them by Title, Author, and Most Recent.


It’s still in Beta, and there isn’t a search feature or the ability to make annotations yet, but overall it works pretty well and is easy to use.



As of this writing it will run on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 but they have a Mac version on the way. Amazon does say the ability to create notes, search, and rotate images in the near future. Another thing to mention is it can make use of the Windows Touch feature in Windows 7, so if you have a touch screen laptop it essentially turns it into a free Kindle too. If you’re holding off on buying a Kindle and want to get a feel for how it all works, Kindle for PC is a good way to get started.

Download Kindle for PC Beta

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/19/10

Comments (20)

  1. vistual

    would love it if it had the feature to “read” aloud like the actual kindle, i heard can do….
    subsequently being able to save audio as an mp3 for loading in mp3 player and taking it with you wherever you go would be HUGE!

  2. LEICA

    Wonder if they will make a winmo version, bet they dont and make an app for the ijunk instead.

  3. whiplash55

    Using Kindle for PC on a Dell Latitude XT with a touch screen is a great substitute for a Kindle. It also is very beneficial to people with disabilities. A family member with MS is able to turn pages on the Latitude by just touching the side of the screen, it requires less dexterity than a Kindle or other ereaders I’ve seen.

  4. Garcia

    Die kindle Die!

    Down with overpriced Kindles. Just get a netbook and this app!

  5. Robert Massaioli

    Awesome. Just simply awesome. I was waiting for this to happen and I hope that they are also considering a linux version of the program. Ubuntu is getting pretty popular due to it’s awesomeness and freeness.

  6. Programmers

    Nice. I’d actually use that. My wife has a Kindle, but they’re small.

  7. Mike

    We need a kindle for PC in the Ubuntu apps – I’d like to install it with the package manager. My net book screams on Ubuntu 9.10, but I can’t get the kindle reader working – no how, no way. Yes I’ve tried Wine – every way I could configure wine it wouldn’t work. The Kindle reader is a no-brainer to install on Win 7, but my lil old net-book is lethargic on Win 7. There’s got to be a mad hacker out there who cares about kindle for PC on his ubuntu.
    ciao Mike

  8. MariJewel

    Thank you for posting the step-by-step manner of adding ‘Kindle for PC’. This will really help me a lot. I’d definitely install this on my personal computer.

  9. william roddy

    The new Kindle for PC, which is now out of beta, breaks the installation on Wine for Linux. Anyone have a work-around yet? The new version for Windows allows highlighting and notes and I’d love to have that. The old beta version doesn’t.

  10. Nate Clark

    Use Oracle’s (formally Sun) Virtualbox in Linux to run Windows. Run Kindle for PC in the Windows virtualbox.

    It’s free!

  11. Kendra Calvin

    So far so good.

  12. NewKindleForPC User

    Does not work in Win7. Getting Apprcrash KindleforPC.exe error. Any help is appreciated.

  13. eflan

    Can anyone tell me if you can “hear” the books on your PC? If so, how do you do this.
    PS: Yes — I know this is a BOOK (ha) but I’m lazy….

  14. eflan

    NewKindleForPC – I have Win7 Home edition and I downloaded it fine from the Amazon web site:)

  15. Lc

    can I see my kindle for PC downloads if I sign in on any computer with a kindle for PC?

  16. ash

    I’d love if they released Kindle for PC for people who r ACTUALLY around the world and not only make it exclusive to people is US or UK or other limited ‘around-the-world’ location..

  17. Jack

    How do I print pages? I need to print out charts for a class and it will not copy and paste into word. I cannot imagine that I bought the book and cannot print from it.

  18. helen_g

    Do you need to be online to read the books that you download? I thought you could use kindle for pc offline, but it seems to search for things on the internet when you open it. Can anyone help, as I’d like to use this on my netbook in places where the internet may not be available? thanks!

  19. Kenneth

    This is one of the worst procedures I’ve come across in a while, and I’m afraid the above description of the process is either out of date or inadequate.
    I’ve tried twice to download, install and register for kindle for pc without success and so am unable to buy the ebooks I wanted, presumably unless I buy an actual kindle which there’s now no way I’d do.
    At the registration phase it just keeps telling me that it can’t register me although I have an existing amazon account that I used to try to register with.
    Also buried quite deep in the amazon help for kindle 4 pc it tells you that you need to be online wirelessly to download content after your purchase. What’s that about? I couldn’t get to that stage anyway (apart from the fact that the windows 7 “help” re the wireless assistant makes a point of not telling you where the wireless enabling button is) so I suppose I can just say bye bye to those ebooks I wanted. Kindle for pc is’nt what it’s cracked up to be.

  20. Samantha Atkins

    Many of my books are missing and hitting refresh does not find them at all. Why would that be?

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