I repeated this process for a second book and left it opened for around 5 minutes. That book, also, was then displayed under Device.
With a 3rd book, I opened it and was reading for only 60 seconds. When I returned to the Library, that book still had the Cloud icon on its cover.
My guess is that the app jumps to the appropriate starting place in the book and allows me to begin reading whilst downloading the rest of the title in the background - just to make things look really fast. With absolutely no visual indicators that the download is taking place in the background, my only choices are to allow an excessive amount of time for the download to complete with the book opened, or to shorten that time and to potentially find that the Cloud icon still exists when I return to the Library. I would then have to start the whole process again.
On my iOS devices and Windows PC, a title is not available to read until it has been fully downloaded to my device. That is a much more reliable indicator to the user that the book will be available for reading off-line rather than having to play the cat and mouse game I've just played.
Amazon, please consider changing how you handle downloads for the Windows 8 Kindle Reader app!
Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB + 64GB SD Card. Windows 8 shows I have 80GB+ of free storage.
I have installed the Kindle app on my device. I have logged into my Kindle account.
All 50+ of my Amazon.com-purchased books are shown in the app when selecting 'Cloud'.
I can successfully open a book from the Cloud page. The reader jumps to the page I last read using the Kindle Reader app on my iPhone, iPad or Windows desktop PC.
What I CANNOT get to happen is to download the book to my device's memory so I can read it whilst off-line. After opening a book if I return to Library and select 'Device', there are no books shown and the book cover continues to show the cloud icon at the bottom right corder.
Kindle help for Windows 8 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/d
"Once downloaded, the book will appear under your Downloaded (or Device) tab and is available for reading offline"
On an iOS device or with the Windows (non-Windows 8) desktop program, the first time I open a book it is automatically download to the device.
I have tried touch and holding the book cover but there are no obvious differences (eg. no 'Download this book' types of prompts).
If I am without Wi-Fi, this problem renders the device useless for reading. Reading is one of my most popular activities on all of my portable devices.
How do I download books from my Cloud library onto my local device for off-line reading?