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What is the point of Kindle For PC?

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Initial post: Nov 10, 2009 4:59:49 PM PST
Brad says:
So...with Kindle for PC you can read books from your Kindle on your computer. Why is this good? What am I missing? What's next, reading Kindle on your TV?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:10:00 PM PST
flipoid says:
I would think that it's opening up the availability of Kindle books to more customers. There are people who have a laptop or PC, but don't have an iPhone or iPod touch, or an actual Kindle device and can't afford or don't want to purchase another device.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:15:41 PM PST
R. Reed says:
Amazon wants to sell as many ebooks as they can, and removing the cost of a Kindle from the equation will help do that. In the future, they will be on many different devices no matter what happens to the e-reader market.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:23:37 PM PST
Brad says:
Oh, so you can buy books without a Kindle. Didn't realize that. Still don't see why it's front page news. Reading on a computer was never really enjoyable, which is why they created the Kindle.

But thanks for the info.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:29:13 PM PST
Brad... you sound as though someone or something has personally let you down or failed to properly explain something... are you going to be okay?

I mean, it IS okay with you that other people seem to be enjoying the app, isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 5:29:42 PM PST
When will they release Kindle for MAC? I can see my wanting to read books on my MacBook.... the screen is bigger, and it is backlit. Maybe being able to read my Kindle on my TV might not be bad either.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:31:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 5:32:49 PM PST
I have a Kindle 2 that I love. I also have an iPod touch with the Kindle app installed...I am THRILLED that now I have the option to read my Amazon books on my tablet pc. There are just some times that I want to use my tablet PC instead of my Kindle or Touch. Good job Amazon! Thank you for providing us with the Kindle for PC app. : ) Brad, if you consider the Kindle for PC app useless, then don't install it. Some of us are thrilled that Amazon gave it to us.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:35:08 PM PST
David Dixon says:
Amazon wants Kindle content to be available on as many devices as possible. Not many people are interested in paying $200+ for a eBook reader. Computer screens (or iPod screens) aren't as enjoyable buy they are devices people might already have and people can read occasionally on them.

For me, while I have a Kindle, computer software would be nice as I could easily search or copy something while working on a article or whatever. So I'd like a Mac version to come out soon.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:35:22 PM PST
John Newton says:
The point is people will want to access their ebooks on anything they own that has a screen. There are a lot of computer screens out there. If it makes sense to you or not doesn't matter as long as it makes sense to a lot of Amazon customers. Mac and Blackberry acccess is on the way.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 5:47:39 PM PST
Xavi says:
Because people have been complaining that there is a lack of a PC app?!? Sheesh, people complain when there isn't one and they complain when there is. Just no satisfying people.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:52:34 PM PST
I will feel more confident in buying Kindle books. If my Kindle breaks, and I don't want to replace it, I will still have some opportunity to read those books. I'm unlikely to ever be an iphone user due to the monthly cost, but an ipod touch could possibly work even though it's so small. This will make me feel better about the future use of my books.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 5:52:34 PM PST
Reader says:
I love it. One more choice is good. I don't need a fancy phone so far, and I'm near the PC so much of the time that I can read a little and then do something else. I'll undoubtedly read more. I've been spending most of my computer time scouting for the best books I can find on the PC, so then I can read awhile. Choices. Choices.
Thanks, Amazon.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:06:26 PM PST
Howright says:
I have a feeling they put it together to wipe out any future PC book type readers.

I do like it and can see using it when I've got my laptop (work, or between classes) and may not have my Kindle with me.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:12:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 6:12:54 PM PST
I think it is ok but is lacing many items. A way to sort books and resync the sorted to the K2 would be nice. I don't see a point of using this app since I use Calibre.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:25:01 PM PST
I wanted the app for books with colour photos, diagrams, tables and detailed maps. Hopefully Amazon will continue to upgrade everything from folders to 2 page spread to notes/highlights. This will make it easier to read e-textbooks, which is an important market for Amazon. Why else have books like Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology : Sixth Edition in the Kindle Store?

And Amazon managed to open the store to billions world wide. An important move as we don't know what's up Google's sleeves.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 6:33:08 PM PST
Warren, Calibre won't help you to read your Amazon purchases on your computer. It cannot open a file with Amazon's DRM. This app does that --it opens an Amazon DRm'd book on your computer.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:42:22 PM PST
I agree with Caroline Wong. I have books that have unreadable maps even when zoomed and using a magnifying glass. Also, some pictures are not displayed properly in black and white, with some of the colors being almost invisible. If I convert a PDF to be able to read it on the Kindle I always keep the original so I can open it on the computer and see what is not viewable on my Kindle, now I can do that with any book on my Kindle. Covers are almost always better in color. I also like that I can bring up the map or graph or whatever the Kindle is discussing and see it on the computer as I read, like having a map on the wall of North Carolina when reading about the Naval Battles in the civil war.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:44:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 6:45:04 PM PST
Just A Thot says:
What have I got to lose? I decided to download it.

OOOOOH, the covers are displayed in the Archive folder...IN COLOR!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 6:47:26 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 6:48:36 PM PST
Pat says:
I love it. And what would be wrong with reading from your TV? :-)

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 6:59:42 PM PST
BW says:
From what I have heard it is a deal between MS and Amazon to put Kindle books on Windows 7 Tablet PCs. I see it as a way to remove the number of devices that you carry around all the time. Leave the Kindle at home or in the Hotel room (safe) and use the laptop/tablet to continue reading. I think that it would make sense for Amazon to open the market completely and start selling the ebooks on other readers too. Nothing wrong with Amazon looking into making more money.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 7:34:23 PM PST
Shastastan says:
Don't forget the students. I remember what I had to pay for some college textbooks. This will be a great benefit to them if they can get their textbooks via Kindle. I really don't want to read novels on my pc, but I'm using it for tables, graphs, maps, etc.. for computer-related stuff.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 7:43:10 PM PST
some people want to be able to read on their pc's. they like it.

i don't know where they've *been* all this time -- there certainly weren't enough of them to make e-books a viable product between 1975 and 2007 or so; but maybe that's changed, now that there's a kindle to backlash against.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 7:49:59 PM PST
ryeme says:
Question. If you have Kindle for the PC would you be able to print the book or can you only read it on the computer? I agree with Brad, I don't see the point in having a Kindel for the PC, it is uncomfortable for me to read for long periods of time on my computer. Which is why I would consider any e-book device, I need the flexiable to lay in my bed and read (I don't own a laptop), or the ablitiy to take my entire library to work and pick any book and read. So for me, I probably will not use a Kindle for the PC, epecially if you can't print the book at home.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 7:58:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 7:59:29 PM PST
Xavi says:
The point ryeme & Brad is that as good customer service you need to provide options for your customer base. You may not read on a PC (neither do I for the same reasons as you ryeme) but for some strange reason there are others who do enjoy reading on a PC so you need to satisfy these people so as to generate more sales for your inventory of books.
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