Not up to date 3/5
By ginny d. westie
The app in the app store is 1.12.4 and is over a year old, but the current version for OSX available directly from Amazon is 1.17.1. You are better off going to Amazon and downloading that instead.
Download directly from Amazon! 1/5
Don’t get this one. It’s outdated, and Amazon only has the most recent version directly from their site. If you get that one, you’ll love it. If you get this one, you’ll fight syncing and a lot of other bugs.
This app just does not work 1/5
None of my recent purchases show. This app is totally useless which is surprising since Amazon usually does everything right
what’s up with this version? 2/5
I have kindle on both my cell phone and my paperweight. It is easy to access and navigate. Why is my /mac version so lousy? Also has many bugs. Hate it! It needs to have all the functions that Kindle has on other platforms.
Rip Off 1/5
Amazon is the biggest rip off people in the WORLD! I spent thousands of dollars on books and apps and now someone that has stolen my password and opened amazon seller account with my SSN number has now rendered everything including my books useless. They have consistently tried to withdraw thousands from my checking accounts saying i owe them money. I filed a claim against them. Stay awya from Amazon.
Not Compatible 1/5
This app is flat out not functional. I thought it was because I was using an old 2007 iMac and 2010 Macbook, but when I bought a 2015 Macbook Air it didn't work on that either. Only two of the many books I’ve purchased show up and they both show up twice as two separate books. And to top lt off this app is flat out ugly with very few options to adjust the appearance.
The web/cloud app works much better and looks much nicer, but a lot of features just don’t exist there.
The iOS app is actually pretty great.
I like the layout, it’s clean and easy to see your books and collections… And I downoaded this because I thought it would be easier to look at the Kindle store, rather than using my Kindle… But there is literally no way to go to the Kindle store. What the hell? I’ve looked through every single thing in the toolbar, and clicked everything I could and there is not a single way to go to the store. It’s infuriating.
Now I’m forced to use my Kindle. Not that it’s a big deal, but my computer is much more easily usable for that. Ugh.
Missing features available in iOS 2/5
The iOS app is a joy to use, I especially love the “Page Flip” feature that allows you to look ahead or behind without losing the page you’re on (i.e. like one does with a real book). The desktop app has been frozen in time and clearly not a priority for Amazon. Few of the features in iOS is supported in this desktop app (e.g. no Page Flip, no X-ray, no whispersync with audio, etc). In essence, one would only really want to read a kindle book on an iOS device or a Kindle device. Amazon needs to make a decision: either kill this app or support it. This app is making Kindle ecosystem look bad.
More bugs than a University Entymology Lab 1/5
As a college student, I like kindle books because, well, they’re cheap, I’m broke, and hey- textbooks! But this mac app is a disaster. So many bugs, app instability, and constant crashing. But what did the kindle developers expect? As of writing this review, this app hasn’t been updated since October 2015— are they even still developing this? Clearly users (like myself) get frustrated when an app is constantly breaking. UI is slow to respond, rather bulky, and a bit dated. PDF-based textbooks wth images are not very well supported, and changing the window size usually results in a poorly displayed page (i.e., too thin, text bunched together). The app gives way less than a relaxed reading experience when it comes to page display, as the slightest change will alter things like the page number, text highlighted, notes, etc. In short, many of these issues would have been solved if the app were being consistently updated. Instead I wonder whether it’s been abandoned alltogether.
Application woes 1/5
I have been a big kindle fan for years. However, with this latest release, it has become unusable for me. I have 5 active devices with kindle on each, and as i bounce between the different devices, the kindle software on each periodically “forgets” my login and forces me to re-register. I have to relogin and redownload everything each time this happens. On os x, my books show up as un openable. I am forced to remove the offending books one at a time and redownload. On ios, the books are simply not on the device anymore. After spending thousands of dollars on books with kindle, I am furious. This needs to be fixed.
Can’t change the font! 1/5
I can change the font on my ipad. Why can’t I change the font on my new MacBook Pro???? This is crazy. The default font for the computer is not very good, and harder to read than the nice clean clear font I chose for the iPad. Please fix this if anybody is listening!
Version 1.17.1 at Amazon 4/5
Kudos to user, gschwab posting on Nov 19, 2016 about version 1.12.4 being “very outdated.” I’ve been using my mobile devices but today tried to open a few books on my Mac resulting in errors. However, those same books open on my iDevices. I had skipped this 1.12.1 version because of the one-star reviews here. Well, just as gschwab suggest, I downloaded the latest version from Amazon’s web site, installed, and opened those “problem” books without a hitch. (Although all my highlights were lost for one book thus far.)
There is a note on Amazon’s download page stating, "Kindle for Mac applications running a software version below 1.14.0 are no longer supported.” Also, "The latest version of Kindle for Mac can be used on any Mac computer running OS X 10.9.5 or higher.”
For some unknown reason, Amazon is NOT submitting new versions to Apple for review and updating in the App Store.
It’s Alright 4/5
It definitely could be prettier. At the end of the day, though, I just want to be able to read some books. This application allows me to do just that without any problems. I doubt it is an ideal app for textbooks. Other than that however, it’s great.
UX is terrible 2/5
Page scaling only works at a number of preset-definitions, none of them working well with a computer monitor for multi-tasking. If you are looking to read a textbook and take notes in a separate app, good luck to you because it will never come out to a point where you can see both without making errant page-swipes when you're simply trying to see the right half of the page. When the page isn't displayed in full, the right margin no longer exists--you can't simply hit ➡ until you begin to see margin, you'll jump another page. Everything about the experience is just hateful toward the user, and it has been this way for at least 3 years now. I do not recommend this unless you're forced to use it.
Where “Shop in Kindle Store” tab go? 1/5
See that tab on the right of the picture that says "Shop in Kindle Store”?? Yeah well i just got the app today and that option is no where to be found. Im stuck with the 3 default books that come with the app… Literally so lame. Should have expected it though considering no updates in the past YEAR. Amazon put this app on the back burner.
Very Sluggish!!!! 2/5
Trying to download books - cannot believe how long it takes - I have to wait & wait; can’t walk away to do anything else; the minute I try that; the iPad or iPhone ‘goes to sleep’ & I have to start over. The icon just spins & spins & spins & spins! I spoke w/an Apple tech. They say the problem is w/the App! So, now what? It is making me crazy!!!!!! Now, I cannot even submit this unless I create a nickname - everything taken…………………..
Apple store version of the app is outdated 5/5
Just an FYI that the version here is very outdated. Go to Amazon’s site to get the current version.
IT LACKS BASIC FUNCTIONS 1/5
I don’t what I am doing why I cannot copy and paste from the app. Maybe they disabled that function IDK. right now for me it S####S!!!!
this app is great 5/5
App randomly skips backwards or forwards in textbooks 1/5
Using a brand new Macbook 12inch laptop I installed the Kindle app. I like the ability to rent text books for my masters degree and have rented everything from Amazon (you’re welcome Amazon)
What I don’t like is when scrolling forward on my brand new macbook trackpad in the Kindle app, my Amazon text book will randomly decide to scroll backwards 3-5 pages for no rhyme or reason. This is very disruptive and makes me question renting text books from Amazon.
When I copy and paste text notes from the Kindle app into another program and navigate back to the Kindle app, it somehow assumes this motion is connected to wanting to scroll forward and it jumps about 50-100 pages forward.
This isn’t convincing me that I should use this app or rent textbooks from Amazon. (There’s your business impact - please take note Amazon)
Will not let me sign in 1/5
I know the password I’m enterting in is correct yet it just will not work. Please fix!
Good, but needs more features and less bugs 4/5
There seems to be a page sync problem on this app when reading on multiple devices. Also, hopefully Amazon will add X-Ray and Audible narration features that are in the iOS versions.
It’s been more than one year since the last update Amazon, so get busy!
Scrolling is horrible, they failed on the simplest task 2/5
As I write this I am studying for a test using an E-textbook. Scrolling is a nightmare on my core i5 mac. Between pages, sometimes it does not go up a page and sometimes it does. This is so frustrating and it is literally all they had to do and they failed. I wish I could view this textbook in a Pdf editor but no, i’m stuck with this application. I absolutely will not be using this garbage again. Amazon, I know of at least two engineers who work for you and they’re very smart. Get your s*** together, please
Terrible Scrolling 2/5
The scrolling alone ruins this app for me. In my opinion, it is much easier to control where you want to be if there is a continuous scroll option, not a “jump from page to page” option that makes it easy to lose your place. Also, many times I find my textbook pages don’t fit the screen well.
I really like the option for sepia coloring, it makes the pages easier to look.
Shockingly bad experience 1/5
Amazon must have forgotten about this app.
The Kindle app for Mac really makes reading simple pdfs and epubs a chore. Seriously, use Preview or caliber or something.
Amazon not here 5/5
The app store version is rarely updated. The newest version is 1.17.1 at Amazon. DL from there.
Needs some serious updating 1/5
On IOS devices the kindle app is great. It's sad to see the desk top version so far behind in features and with such a weak user interface. If anything you would expect the desk top version to be a power house of usability especially in regards to note taking and searching campabilities.
Renders Well … But 2/5
By Original GH
The app does most of the basic things it is supposed to: renders pages very well, is nimble, can download new books. But, if you're going to have a minimalist design, then you have to make it very easy to find hidden navigation. They spent all kinds of resources tweaking the page turning animation — but getting back to your library is still a gigantic hassle.
Somewhere, if you do something at the top, and the stars are aligned and the wind is blowing in the right way, and you've sacrificed honey and wheat to Demeter, you can get the navigation to pop up.
Otherwise, you're screwed.
Horrible App 1/5
It's pretty ridiculous that there’s around a one second load time for every single page… The scrolling is very unsmooth as well… If only I can just buy the pdf version of the books and read them from Preview, which works so much better than this horrible app.
Necessary evil 1/5
By Yitzach Meyer
I really don’t like this app, but what choice do I have? As a college student buying textbooks of A-zon for the Kindle App on my iPad, this is the option I have for a desktop version. The desktop version is the best way to copy/paste for textbook quotes but that doesn’t mean it’s good.
Search works ok. That’s the plus.
Using an Apple mouse? Did your finger twitch? You are now 5 pages away from your reading spot. This is a maddening reality, and makes this app nothing short of infuriating at times—especially if you’re trying to hammer out an essay.
Copying text for quotes in an essay? You’re going to get a glob of junk that acts as their “citation” which is utterly worthless, and you’ll have to clean it up each time you paste a quote in.
If you can find a better way to open Kindle books, use it.
Bad Apple Seed Review 1/5
Please fix the scrolling. I bought a $20 college book for my class and it’s difficult to read it with zooming in and out features. When scrolling the pages flip, instead of landing on the bottom of the page. It’s hard to read a book from page 1 and then randomly page 12… IT would be phenomenal if this was fixed with an option to scroll.
Barely adequate 2/5
Companies get comfortable when they have a monopoly, and it’s hard to imagine any other excuse for such a poor product. Once you buy a Kindle book (and I have over 1,000), there is only one program that you can read them on: the Kindle app. I would gladly pay for a better app, such as one that allows annotations with Apple Pencil or other styluses, but Kindle books are locked so that you cannot go to the competitor for a reading app. The result is an app that is years behind development. In addition, although it offers Collections, there is almost no way to rearrange the order of the collections or to have, in effect, subfolders. This is a feature that, if there were competitors for reading Kindle content, would typically appear in the first year. I’m (generally) happy to buy content from Amazon, but it would be far better if the reader was open to competition.
One feature I’ve long wanted in a reader—I use the Kindle Voyager most of the time—is the ability to have the book cover I’m currently reading appear as the default image on the face of the reader when it is off. It would be so easy, but unfortunately they don’t bother.
Bottom line: open up this sealed system so that we can buy Kindle books but read them on non-Kindle apps and devices.
It works as a basic, few-frills app, but that’s it.
A choppy and very un-maclike experience 2/5
I haven’t had any probems with synicng or anything like that. I’m not a stickler for tons of extra features either… I just want to be able to read the book.
That being said, using this app is a nightmare as far as scrolling and overall fluidity. Forget using your trackpad trying to scroll up and down a page. It’s extremely choppy, unresponsive, and overall makes you feel you are not using a Mac approved app. It’s pretty much garbage as far as actual fluidity in the app, and that annoys me greatly.
absolutely out of date 1/5
in contrast with the iphone app, mac version need much improvements. completely out-dated.
Lack of scrolling mode is irritating 1/5
It is annoying reading with this app that doesn’t have an option for continuous scroll mode, unlike almost every other reading app on the market.
Not setup like a Kindle 1/5
Does not allow you to see the newest book. Or at least the version on my Mac doesn’t allow that. Hve tp hunt nd hunt and hunt through my large library to find things. Please make the app like the re;l Kindle.
Useful app for Kindle users
This is why people like normal books over ebooks 1/5
All the development money obviously went to develop the mobile app. Unlike the computer version here the mobile app is a well designed experience. Despite a laptop having more processing power than a phone they give the computer version less features. I feel like I need to look into converting the amazon book into a PDF because the experince is 10x better.
This app WAS great... 1/5
It used to be great, now everytime I open the app it has a spaz attack, won’t let me open any of my books, loses my bookmarks, and forgets my collections. PLEASE fix it.
This is not the current version 1/5
Why is this on the app store? The current version is 1.17.0. Apparently Amazon has decided that submitting updates to the Apple App Store is not worth bothering with. Sad, especially since their app downloaded from their website lacks any "check for updates" feature as well, so you don't know it's out of date until you go and install it again (version not advertised on their site), install it over whatever you have, then start it up and check if the version is different than what you already had.
HELLO Amazon, this is ridiculous!
No 2-Page View 1/5
Textbooks are useless on Kindle, because you can’t look at two pages next to each other; this ruins scientific textbooks with diagrams on one page but problems on the other, or derivations stretching over two pages.
Poorly Designed for Students 1/5
By Hank Brekke
Reading eTextbooks using this Kindle App for Mac can make annotations, definitions and reading experience very unenjoyable. First, for PDF-based eTextbooks there is no way to display pages side-by-side, like the regular print edition of the textbook would display, or like the Kindle apps for mobile devices allow. You have to look at a narrow, single page at a time, even though all desktop computer screens have wider displays rather than longer ones. Also, scrolling through PDF’s using a trackpad or scrolling mouse will jump semi-randomly through the pages of the book without any notice of the distance of the scroll taking place. Lastly, the annotation and highlighting bar will sometimes appear cut off outside the window of the app, and/or cover up the selection of the eTextbook that you’re trying to highlight, making it impossible to find the end of the phrase you’re highlighting.
It’s still missing a critical feature! 2/5
By Alan K. Martinez
I understand that because of different devices, screen sizes, font sizes and other personal preferences it’s “supposed” to be difficult to implement a page numbering systems. The problem is that we don’t really need a page numbering system, but a page number reference that corresponds to the printed book. So whil I understand a hypothetical Page 75 could be position 248 or maybe 23% progress of the book, it would be nice to have the reference so that when an instructor tells you to turn to page 75 you can jump to the location of the ebook that he’s speaking of and navigate more easily. I don’t care tht it’s position 248, what I care about is when an instructor is on page 75 and starts reading the first lines of that page I can find it faster than trying to guess what the position number or percentage of progress I’m at….
For instance I have to read Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide and page 95 starts at the top of the page “This self-imposed mandate requires…”, the Kindle app, no matter what platform or personal settings could have a small icon that represents a page number and tapping, touching, or mousing over it would show the printed page reference… with my current settings the app shows 36%, Location 1636 of 4619, the status bar at the bottome could also say printed page location 95 and it changes accordingly… why can’t that be implemented in future updates?
Otherwise I like all other features of the app… just wish it was more friendly for students...
Please fix the scrolling issue! 2/5
How difficult is it to add an option to continuously scroll instead of having to “turn” the pages? It’s so frustrating when I’m used to reading articles online or PDFs that I can gradually scroll through. Please make this a feature as I’m sure many others would appreciate it… especially when trying to read on a macbook screen!
CANNOT VIEW DOCS LIKE IN IPHONE 1/5
By Griffin Qiu
CANNOT VIEW DOCS LIKE IN IPHONE
i can’t find book i looking for like the witcher book not good
Good but needs a small improvement 4/5
I think that this is good and everything to read on however, but there’s no text-to-speech (audible) option because when i’m in betweeen classes or working on homework i would like to listen to music podcasts or books in the background, but there’s no option on the Mac system/IOs systems
It works for me! 5/5
I was nervous when I saw the low ratings and reviews, but wanted to be able to read my Kindle books on my Mac. Immediately upon opening it, my mobile library was synced and when I opened the book I was currently reading it went straight to the page I was on. I can modify the text, highlight, search, etc. and it wasn’t difficult to figure out how to do this. It works exactly how I was hoping, so I’m confused as to why ratings are so low. If you need to access Kindle books on your Mac, this works great!
Will not sync at all 1/5
This app was working at one point, as I have my old ebooks in the library. But, now when I try to sync new purchases, it stubbornly refuses to do so. i just get an error to check my network settings… which are just fine, as every other app works perfectly.
Scrolling is obnoxious!!!! 1/5
I’m sorry, but the fact that I found posts on google from FOUR years ago about smooth scrolling in the app that still has not been resolved is a travesty. I don’t always like reading a full page before scrolling. I generally like to keep my eyes reading at the same height and slowly scroll as I read lines. It’s so frustrating that there is NO option to do this. This should be a simple fix to add the ability to do this. I’m sure there are a ton of people that feel the same way. Add it. Make your customers happy. Otherwise, they will continue to abandon your app and find other files to read or other ways to avoid using your product.