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Initial post: May 23, 2012 10:00:35 AM PDT
Luis Reader says:
When we can read our e-boks from roku or any sreaming player. Hope we can use soon read it on the Tv screen (big letters and comfortable indoor activities)

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 10:04:05 AM PDT
 Ann says:
If you want to read books on your TV screen, you can connect a laptop or PC to your TV and use the Kindle for PC (or Mac) app.

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:13:53 AM PDT
Luis Reader says:
Thank you Ann, we can but is easy if wwe have roku or any steaming device and avoid conect and disconect the PC, I did it before.

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:17:25 AM PDT
I think you're going to be waiting a long time for this one.

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:20:56 AM PDT
Reading on a television screen sounds good, but in practice it really isn't. Having to focus on a screen that is 8+ feet away from your eyes, and trying to track each line and stay focused is much more difficult to do than you may think.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 10:23:13 AM PDT
Erich says:
In addition, the resolution usually sucks compared to a computer monitor... even with an HDTV.

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:24:20 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Can't see anyone making an app for this when most other tablets can already connect to a TV.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 7:29:07 AM PST
Kathy says:
I love reading on the tv but being tied to the tv by a cord running from my iPad or Galaxy Tab is frustrating. An app that works with the roku remote would be wonderful for reading while exercising.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 7:02:47 AM PST
I agree with the original poster. We would like a Kindle reader for Roku. Very few people are willing to put up with swapping cables, etc. We have Roku because it is simple and easy. We have a TV & Roku mounted in front of the treadmill. Both get used a lot and we would like to be able to read Kindle books on them. I suspect there are others like us.

Amazon: Please develop the Kindle reader for Roku. I'm sure you will have additional readership to justify the development costs.

Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 7:22:44 AM PST
MikeJW says:
If you want to make a specific suggestion to Amazon, do it. But typing it here in the customer forum will accomplish nothing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 7:37:57 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I don't know if Amazon would be able to do this without agreement from the publishers. I think that would have to be worked out before Amazon would even start on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 7:40:45 AM PST
In theory, reading on a television sounds like a good idea. In practice, it would be difficult and really uncomfortable for the eyes and the muscles that control them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 8:13:09 AM PST
Sarida says:
It's an interesting construct isn't it? I remember when Disney was filing legal action against day care centers who were mass showing Disney movies.

I'm wondering about schools who would choose to do this on smartboards. The reality is what would be the difference between reading a picture book to your class and holding up pics, or showing it on a smartboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 1:52:36 PM PDT
Darman says:
This is a GREAT IDEA right now i use my droid hooked to a mini hdmi hooked to hdtv and that works pretty good..... Reading on the droid really kinda sucks compared to the hdtv those that are saying it wouldn't work to well really haven't a clue I do it now

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013 6:05:53 PM PDT
Jim Korioth says:
But you can enlarge the font, especially effective on a large HDTV. I'm visually impaired, and I find this approach very helpful with many other apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2015 5:27:05 PM PDT
Tiffany G. says:
I'm with everyone that wants to read their books on Rocky. That's why I looked this up to see if it is possible.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 5:28:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2015 5:30:42 PM PDT
Tiffany G. says:
Roku sorry spell check on. I would like to try it. I can see far but not up close. Tired of wearing glasses.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 6:08:00 AM PDT
I like to read on the treadmill. Today I use my Android phone with a screen mirroring device. Functionally, it works fine. It would be way more convenient to use a Kindle app on Roku.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2015 6:11:30 AM PDT
I read on a treadmill and the HD TV is the same distance from me as a normal computer monitor. HD resolution on my 19" treadmill TV is way good enough for reading Kindle text.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2015 3:04:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2015 3:06:21 PM PST
John C. Lord says:
"long time" - yes - Jump three and half years forward to December 19, 2015.
Amazon apparently wants us to "do it ourselves". They sell this book to help: Samsung SmartTV Application Development

As of this posting, Samsung has NO EREADER APP, NO KINDLE APP FOR SAMSUNG TV (only the Galaxy which is a computer).
Amazon also has not made a Kindle app for Samsung Smart TV's like my 50" model UN50ES6100F.
Amazon has also not bothered to make the Cloud Kindle web site capable of recognizing either Samsung's built-in proprietary browser, or even (get this!) Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.
Amazon also has not bothered to create a player for their Audible audiobook content on the (obviously capable of handling DRM) Samsung Smart TV.
Only the Amazon Cloud Player for Amazon MP3 music works.
THREE AND A HALF YEARS - ZERO APPS for books on Smart TV.
Yes, we know everyone can connect their (favorite device here) and play whatever on the Smart TV. BUT WE SHOULDN"T HAVE TO!
Heck, I have a $1000 smart TV and to display a plain ebook on it, I used an obsolete Pandigital Planet Android 2.3.4 tablet ($29 on eBay) and connected it's HDMI output to the TV and controlled it with a Logitech MK260 wireless mouse & keyboard set ($29 from Radio Shack), and used Cool Reader (because I like the aged paper background that I wish Kindle apps would add), and the result was pretty nice for reading - but very messy looking. http://1drv.ms/1tG9VMJ
I've done a similar trick to bypass the TV and read Cloud Kindle books by using a Rasbperry Pi running Wheezy Linux and using the Iceweasel (Firefox for Linux) browser to access the https://read.amazon.com site. Cloud Kindle recognizes Iceweasel as Firefox and works. The Raspberry Pi cannot run Android at any tolerable speed, but Iceweasel works fine with Wheezy, the compact version of Debian built for the Raspberry Pi.

We're also still waiting to see if ANY of the network streaming devices (Roku, Netgear, Chromebox, et all, are you listening?!?) will maybe add Kindle or eReader apps (and Audible Audio players) to their stores.

So far, no luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2015 5:34:08 PM PST
Now image it with no paragraph breaks.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 11:00:57 AM PST
S. weiler says:
The roku app I would like is one for Audible. I already listen to pandora sometimes on my tv so why not my audiobooks?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2015 11:08:10 AM PST
Cheryl Jones says:
did you ask audible?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2015 11:16:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2015 11:17:05 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I guess that means Amazon isn't interested in this. Why don't you go with a company that already has these features? There must be a lot of them out there to choose from.

Just because your name is Lord doesn't mean Amazon is going to bow down to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2015 2:18:50 PM PST
Sarida says:
Okie-Dokey.
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