Who is setting your priority of new features!?! 2/5
Please will you just sync my collections! This is nuts. How many versions will it be that you miss the obvious feature for managing the content I’ve purchased…
Highlighting often fails 2/5
It’s very difficult to highlight a certain sentense or a paragrah (esp. for Japanese & Chinese books). After I’ve seleted the content, the highlighting pop-up often fail to appear, which makes it impossible to highlight what I want.
SPLIT SCREEN!!!!! 1/5
Apologies for the harsh review, but it’s 2017 and your app still does not support a basic SPLIT SCREEN feature. Are y’all even reading these reviews? Both the ipad + computer versions of Kindle are basically the only applications that do not support a SIMPLE split screen feature. This makes it extremely difficult to take notes for school… Take a scroll through your reviews, these comments have been ongoing for the past few years, yet nothing has changed. So much $$$ wasted on beautiful books for a mediocre-at-best application. Note to self, don’t buy any more textbooks from Amazon/Kindle…. I’m done with y’all….
excellent performance. 5/5
I am amazed at the negative reviews because I found none of the glitches others complain about. All features work very well. Books are easy to find, easy to read, easy to highlight and annotate.
BUYER BEWARE OF THE Kindle for Mac 1/5
After wasting 8+ hours over hte last few days on the phone with Amazon Kindle “Support” trying to read some of the 200+ books I’ve purchased over the last 4 years, mostly for Kindle reading, I’m forced to conclude that Kindle of Mac is essentially unsupported. I’ve yet to speak to a native English speaker (that is not an entitled person’s comment, it’s just that the customer technician troubleshooting is already hard enough, but miscommunication is the rule, not the exception. Then, when the line drops or is so garbled the technician cannot be understood, and/or no call back (you can’t call the person or department you had just finished spending and hour with and getting them up to speed on your problem), and when very specific commitments to an immediate call-back are ignored, then you have persistent “Problems in River City”. And when the many books purchased over the years do not appear, and cannot be accessed, and when a book once accessed is all but unusable because the pages flip randomly with a finger on the mouse, or a breath of air flows over the computer, then you know Amazon is focused on SELLING, but not SERVICING it’s otherwise commendable products. When a Prime member orders products from Amazon, they are delivered on time, without fail, and if the wrong product shows up, they handle the return and replacement perfectly (for me, at least). So the support problem is apparently confined to the flaky design in the Kindle for Mac, the terrible user interface, and the worse than non-existent customer support - ESPECIALLY for readiing on MAC devices).
They don’t keep it updated much 1/5
It’s always behind the direct download. That’s unfortunate because the App Store keeps things fresh.
Crashes on startup every time 1/5
This update made Kindle.app completely unusable. It crashes at startup every time, in the graphics code no less, on a standard 15” MacBook Pro from a couple of years ago.
Looks like they completely dropped the ball on that thing other companies call “testing”.
A lot of good features but serious problems with apple mouse 3/5
By Mike Jewitt
scrolling using an apple mouse is very touchy, you’ll scroll 2-3 pages with a littel touch. Really needs to be improved.
I can’t get past the login screen and I’m a software engineer 1/5
I’m a huge fan of Amazon, but seriously, what is this garbage? How did this app get thought QA?
NEEDS TO BE UPDATED 2/5
STUDENTS: this is a great app with much potential. Wait for the next update to come out before buying 200 dollar textbooks on kindle.
- ****FIX SCROLLING!!!**** Whenever reading, the scrolling on the kindle glitches completely and is extremely frustrating. This is extremely disappointing.
- Fix highlighting and copy and pasting to make them more smooth!
- Maybe add in a vtext (h) feature if someone decides to buy the audiobook too? you guys could make BANK doing this, plus it would help so many readers with learning disabilities.
Are fonts & justification not allowed, or just not working? 3/5
By Chris DelliCarpini
There’s a drop-down for fonts, but in most books the only font available is Georgia, and none of the books offer all the fonts available on my iPhone. Also no option for left-justification.
If these features are locked down book to book, then they really should tell us somehow, so we don’t think the problem is with the app. If Amazon intentionally limited formatting options in Kindle for Mac to get me to buy Amazon’s ebook (they sell one, right?) it’s completely misfired.
No update since 2015 2/5
Amazon is letting this app idle. 11/13/2015 is the last time it was updated. So, it lacks nice new Mac features, like use of the Touchbar.
OK, it's free, I get it. But Kindle books aren't free, and if we like to read them on our laptop, then this is a very basic app to do that with. Would be nice if Amazon dropped some development talent into this. People might buy more Kindle books as a result.
Ignore this version 1/5
Go download the official app from Amazon directly. That's the new one that is currently being maintained and updated.
Can’t Login 1/5
Tried everything, won’t let me login, captcha not working.
Kindle reader 1/5
Will not open my Amazon Kindle library, take my Amazon user name OR my password. Will also not let typing in of all the nonsense numbers and letters. Was supposed to let you HEAR them and wouldn’t even do that. I’ll read my books on my Kindle Fire. Couldn’t find a way to give it zero stars.
Mac OS Version is bad 1/5
What is wrong with the app for Mac? I recently changed my password and could not login to the Mac Kindle using my new password. I clicked reset password in the app thinking that I might’ve forgotten the password, but that still did nothing and I could not log into my Kindle account through the Kindle app for Mac. It wouldn’t recognize the password and was giving captcha letters that I could not read.
never lets me log in without typing additional security numbers
Could be easier to use 3/5
I think it’s great that Amazon is trying to integrate its products across devices. The app isn’t easy to use and I’m disappointed that I can’t import my collections from my Kindle. I try to, but it doesn’t seem to work.
If the app works better for me in the future, I will come back and give it a better rating.
Useless - no collection syncing 1/5
This app is useless for anyone with more than a few books. Collections created in IOS apps do not appear here, nor do collections created here appear in IOS apps. This has been a problem since I first installed it many years ago, and has not been addressed in all that time. I use it only to keep a couple of reference books handy. Don't waste your time.
I was never able to actually sign in. I reset my password 2 times and it still didn’t work. I called custumer service who told me to uninstall and reinstall for the fix, it didn’t work. Worthless app!
Why are the Mac and iPad versions different? 4/5
I’ve had no problems, but it’s aggravating to be unable to see, regardless of window size, two pages side-by-side as with Kindle on my iPad. So I’ll probably use only the latter.
The iBook.app works the same on both devices.
Buggy, poor display 1/5
Some reviews say very buggy. Some say great. I just downloaded the latest version, and the first book I’m trying to read has a mangled table of contents. So not all is well.
The body is readable, but not quite right. It is doing awkward justification, and citations pop up and then disappear.
Really needs work.
This is all with the most recent Mac OS, High Sierra 10.3
Does everything I expect it to do 5/5
I have had none of the bummer experiences other folks complain of. It does everything I need/want it to do. I’ve had a Kindle since they came out in 2007 and have about 300 books, plus a number of periodical subscriptions. I have had it on 6 desktops, 3 laptops, 3 iPads, 5 iPhones, and 3 native Kindle devices. This seems to be as good as the best iteration of the app to date. Obviously YMMV.
Regularly crashes on my 2016 MacBook Pro — I tried deleting and reinstalling; same results. Running the Windows Kindle app (on Windows 10 on Parallels) on my Mac works; it’d be great if Amazon did the same level of QA on the macOS version...
Absolutly Terrible 1/5
By War app
There is no reason why this application should run so terrible and slowly but it does. Its incredibly laggy and not smooth at all. Its like the developers would of had to intentionally make it this bad.
The other reviewers weren’t wrong, it’s a POS 1/5
I couldn’t even get past the CAPTCHA like challenge to get to Kindel. I have preferred iBooks over Kindle in the past, and I will continue to do so.
Can never log into the application 1/5
Logging into the application is impossible. Captcha has no readable letters, asking for a new one takes several minutes and then once you are given an adequate one it then requires you to enter in a second one which happens to be unreadable. Asking for a readable one a second time makes you have to start over again. Complete failure in design.
New version is slow and buggy 1/5
Kindle’s latest version is slow and buggy.
Good in the new version:
- they added some features called Notebook.
Bad in the new version:
- took such a huge performance hit, that it’s too slow to be usable (I’m on a 2016 MacBook Pro with really good specs)
Sorry app dev team, you messed up this release really badly.
This app kills my reading vibe all the time 1/5
Why the kindle iphone and ipad app are so good, but the Mac app is so trash. Even scrolling through a page feels laggy.
Uses dGPU which kills battery life on my MBP 2/5
Why is this app dependant on the GPU? That kills battery life. It’s also slow and jerky (despite the GPU use!) on a brand new 2017 MBP 15. I have a huge Kindle book library, but this crappy app makes it really hard to use on the computer. iBooks is so much better it’s not even a comparison.
Bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs 1/5
In Steve Jobs's terms, this app is a piece of s**t.
When the app opens, pages do not flip; clicking on notes in the Note Card view does not cause the book to reposition at the clicked note; crashes are frequent; screen resizing doesn't always work.
That's to say nothing of the hideous usability of the app when it is not crashing or exhibiting bugs. Formatting/viewing options are extremely limited given we have a big screen. There's no equivalent of "page flip" mode on the Kindle hardware where you can quickly flip back and forth, even though I have a full keyboard, mouse, and 30" monitor. In short, the formatting and notetaking and navigation are about the same as Adobe Acrobat Viewer in 1995.
It feels like Amazon invested a lot in the design and user experience of the actual Kindle device (of which I have several and really like them), but outsourced the writing of this app to the lowest bidder.
Will not let me sign in on latest Mac OS 1/5
I can only access Kindle through my iphone. It will not recognize my password to log in. I have even changed my password.
By Chorizo Pig
It’s impossible to beleive that a company with the resources of Amazon can’t build a better epub reader than this piece of junk. They clearly place no value on the Mac market.
Highlighting Feature needs work! 3/5
How, in 2017, can this software still be unable to extend a highlight across a page break? Kindle devices and the iOS app all can do this. To see what I mean begin a highlight at the last sentence on a screen. Drag to the end of the screen. That’s as far as the highlight will go, even if you are in the middle of a sentence. Amazon has known about this deficiency for years.
Kindle app consuming too much battery all the time 3/5
Kindle app is consuming too much battery all the time. After launching Kindle app click on battery icon at the top of the screen in macOS, Kindle pp is listed as “Using significant Energy”
The Default Mac PDF app is a better eReader than Kindle 1/5
Poorly designed UX and a terrible lack of extremely basic features like side-by-side page viewing. There are students in my university's classes that have made better eReaders over the course of a week. Amazon should seriously consider hiring a Swift development intern some summer to build a better app.
What is up with the reviews? 4/5
This app is fine! It might have a bug or two but back off! I’m giving it four stars because of the few bugs but other wise its fine!
Like the movie Groundhog Day, but without the happy ending. 1/5
By Your Fave Dave
Simply does not work on Mac OS Sierra. After launching, it asks you to sign in. When you do, it takes you to the Amazon site but never actually downloads any books to the app. Of course, there is ZERO support so you can never get it to work. Never had a problem with older versions of the app.
Now I am in a endless loop — sign in from the app, taken to Amazon website. Over and over again. But never able to actually use the app.
Poor 'Copy and Paste' support for Developers 2/5
In general, the Kindle app is very good at organizing, syncing, and all basic functionality; however; for Developers the broken copy and paste functionality is frustrating and causes a lot of time to be wasted. The problem is that when copying a snippet of code from a technical book and pasting it into an IDE or Text Editor, the Kindle App will add a lot of additional spaces which more or less breaks the code. Thus, a reader has to clean up each code snippet after pasting them, wasting precious time and effort which distracts from the actual content. In 2017, competing for book readers such as Apple's iBooks do a much better job at allowing users to copy and paste snippets of code without including extra characters or reformatting. [See included examples]. It would be wonderful to see Amazon make improvements here. In general, this problem has been so frustrating that I tend to prefer purchasing tech books directly from publishers to access both a .MOBI file as well as .ePud or .PDF version of the publication.
Here are the paste results from the same technical book.
— Kindle OSX paste sample, version 1.20.3 —
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Anthony Accomazzo, Ari Lerner, David Guttman, Nate Murray, Clay Allsopp and Tyler McGinnis. Fullstack React (Kindle Locations 577-582). leanpub.com.
— iBooks paste sample, version 1.10 —
Excerpt From: Anthony Accomazzo, Ari Lerner, David Guttman, Nate Murray, Clay Allsopp and Tyler McGinnis. “Fullstack React.” iBooks.
I’m going out of my way to write a bad review for this, because it’s actually terrible 1/5
I’m both a student and User Interface/Experience designer and wanted to save $100 on a textbook by buying the eBook for Kindle. It’s actually the worst interface I’ve ever used, next to the NJ Transit app. I can’t navigate through anything without spending extra time waiting for it to stop glitching. Simply moving up and down pages, trying to highlight a word, is such a freakin task. Absolutely horrible, and extremely distracting when trying to get work done. So disappointed.
Missing basic functionality 1/5
The app is missing basic functionality like zoom, rotate, etc. I made the mistake of buying a few graphic novels for Kindle without knowing they will be useless without an iPad (which I don’t have). I have a 15 inch Mac and the text is too small to read, and without zoom, I can’t read on this app. Very disappointed.
It doesn’t sync 2/5
I loved previous versions of this app. It allowed me to create collections, modify collections… now it doesn’t sync. The iOS app reflects the changes but the desktop app falls behind. I hope Amazon fixes this.
Not all the features of a Kindle, but pretty good 4/5
I have this app on both the Mac and iPad and while it doesn’t have 100% of the functionality of an actual Kindle, it does everything I need. I can open and read my books and documents without issue. The two features that are missing that I’d like are the useof foreign language dictionaries and the ability to have the app read books that are just text. Occasionally, I like to read French literature in French because, well, it’s usually better in French. My French is a little rusty, so I bought a French to English dictionary. On the Kindle, if there is a word I don’t know, I can just touch on that word and instantly get the definition from my French to English dictionary. It happens automatically. With the Kindle App, however, there’s a lot of hassle and the need to download a Google dictionary of some kind. The other thing I like about the original Kindle is the ability to have it read documents that are just text. Sure, the voice is a bit robotic but sometimes it’s very practical.
Nearly a train wreck 1/5
Hard to find something that really works well.
Pay attention to your 1 and 1/2 star rating, Amazon. 1/5
So, I can’t sign into my account on my Mac. 1 and 1/2 stars is extrememly low, and if I was the guy behind the app, I would want to fix that. Take care. -Ken
Wow, what a horrible app! 1/5
I just bought the Harry Potter enhanced Kindle thinking I could read it to my son on my laptop and he could enjoy all the art and animations. All I can see is text. My iPhone Kindle app works; why not this one? Bizarre. Why such a disparity between devices?
Don't WANT to update 3/5
By Skyfox II
Almost all apps have the funtion to select not to update an app... I'm happy with my older version and just don't want to update! Thus one can't disable the update from the update list.
It Just Keeps Crashing 1/5
By Vlad S2
Unusable - latest version just keeps crashing. Very disappointing.
Zoom issues 1/5
When I use the Kindle app on my MacBook, every time I try to scroll down the page the magnification changes. It is SO frustrating. Please add a feature that allows you to lock the magnification so I can actually use the app again.