PLEASE bring us a scroll or ‘blog’ feature 3/5
I have children (and a husband) who OFTEN interrupt me when I read. When I’m reading online, on a blog or other such site, I am able to scroll, and keep my most current spot, right at the top of the screen or page, and it is much easier to find where I was, after my interruption is over. Kindle does not seem to be willing to add this option for readers. I do not understand why not. It would not have to be for EVERYONE, it could be an OPTION. I almost dislike reading on my kindle because of it, I’de rather read an actual book. I also often find myself, out of habit, trying to scroll down, once I’m past the first paragraph or so, and that jumps me to the next page. If Kindle would add this feature I would give it a hearty 5 star rating.
Worst program EVER on a Mac. Trying to scroll through a textbook is nearly impossible. Looking through the reviews this isn’t the first time people have complained about this. Please fix this issue immediately!!!! I’m trying to read my textbook for school and I can’t becasue of this subpar app. Please Please Please!!!!! FIX!!!!
You have more 1 star reviews than you do 2-5 put together, that usually tells you something guys.
P.S. works great on iphone and ipad. It’s just the Mac app that is terrible.
P.S. a year and a half later and it’s still terrible
Painfum to use 1/5
Bugs and gliches everywhere, especially with trackpad support.
If you think making an awful Mac app (and mediocre iPad app) is going to make me buy a kindle, you are dead wrong. In fact, it makes me want to do just the opposite. Guess I’ll find my textbooks elsewhere in the future.
Incredibly Frustrating 1/5
This app is unacceptable for textbook use. Even scrolling through pages is made difficult. Also there is no page numbering system, which makes it largly inneffective in a college class. My biggest grievance is that I use it for a statistics textbook and the app is unable to correctly display the formulas, they are jumbled and the symbols disjuncted, meaning that I have paid $50 for a math book without legible formulas. Really surprising considering how profitable etextbooks are, and how so many other companies, or even simple PDFs are effective. If kindle does’nt fix this they’ll really lose a lot of business. I feel completely ripped off.
Kinda good 4/5
By Jorge Chan V
For the most part it is a handy app, but it would be nice if Amazon fixed the laggy UI
Deletes from my computer every other day 1/5
I am not one to write reviews, but I need to say something. This app is trash. You cannot view two pages at once, which makes reading diagrams that span two pages almost impossible. It seems to me that the app somehow dissapears from my computer every other day, and I need to re-download it. Many glitches. Cool idea, but the developers clearly are not pragmatic.
Old version on App Store 5/5
The version on the App store is old. The latest version from Amazon’s site has a better look and feel.
By 4 year student
Reviews for this app are pretty terrible. i honestly dont understand why. Its free, minus the ebook cost of course. but it has all the functionality you need to pass your class or read a book. Highlighting, note taking, bookmarks, flash cards, built in dictionary. relax people it is perfectly fine. reason for -1 star is ui being a little meh.
Where’s Page Flip? 1/5
By a guy who reviews stuff
On all other incarnations of Kindle they have this super useful feature, and it would be great to be able to use it while discusssing readings in class without having to use a separate device. No idea why they wouldn’t bring support to the mac.
Time for OS X users to make some noise 1/5
By Leonard Flier
Amazon has done some nice things with the Kindle app for iOS. There are some new fonts, which are easier on the eyes, there are new ways to navigate through books, and the app has a nice up-to-date feel to it. Not surprisingly, it gets 5 stars from an overwhelming majority of reviewers. Just what you would expect from Amazon.
The Kindle app for OS X, however, is another story. It has only one font, it lacks the new navigation features, and it hasn’t been updated since 2015. The vast majority of reviewers give it only 1 star. Not what you would expect from Amazon.
What’s going on here? Is there a major update in the works? Or, has Amazon abandoned the app?
Amazon is still a fairly responsive company. So maybe it’s time for OS X users to make some noise.
Fundamentally restricted, use mendeley app for your pdf needs. 1/5
I want to upload a pdf document into my kindle mac app. Is this possible? I already have the pdf on my iphone and the cloud, but the mac kindle app does not show it.
I hate that I have to use this app... 1/5
Ya know, I wish your deveolpers would actually fix the bugs in this app for Mac. It constantly crashes, makes you have to re-download it, and then crashes some more. It’s difficult to use and makes studying eTextbooks a chore because scrolling causes it jump back and forth between pages. Slight scrolls send it jumping back to the top of the page so you lose your place, or the screen jerks aound uncontrollably while scrolling. Seriously, I wouldn’t use this app if I didn’t have to. It’s a cold comfort to know that Amazon's monopoly on ebooks prevents it from giving a sh*t.
immediately crashes when opened 1/5
I was gonna rent a book from amazon but the app doesnt work at all.
The Mac App Store version seems to have been abandoned. Current version available on the Amazon site is 1.17.1 that looks like it was released September 16, 2016.
Amazon, please update...
Very Bad 1/5
Pathetic UI, lots of bugs, not user friendly. Seems like Amazon doesn’t give a f*** about this app.
Crashes upon launch 1/5
Crashes on Launch.
Tried reinstalling and restarting computer separately.
Horrible app 1/5
This app makes me second guess if Amazon as a whole is really as quality as I once thought it was. The app is complete garbage if you want to sync notes or flashcards among different devices such as my mac computer and macbook. I thought I lost all of my notes at one point then days later they showed up on my macook after I spent hours trying to figure out why the simply were gone. It wasn’t me, it was the horrible app and I’ll never use it ever again and infact the next shopping sight that’s out there I’ll take a look at.
love it 5/5
I personally havent had any issues whatsoever with this app. It works very well between all of my devices. Decause of this app i read alot more and its so convenient since im a trucker. I can take all of my books with me. When im sitting in the truck I read on my iPad pro or macbook pro, when im waiting somewhere else i read on my iPhone 6s+. I can leave at a certain place on one device and it picks up on the other place right away.
I do however wish there where more options for the look of the paper.
Meh… it works... 4/5
Having some 12,000+ ebooks in Kindle format, I was happy to ditch my actual Kindle devices and use the Kindle app(s) on my Mac (primarily for reference books) as well as the iOS versions for my iPhone and iPads.
The latest copy of the Mac version, it seems, was released four years ago. With the overabundance of negative reviews here, I would think that someone working in the sprawl of Amazon might make a list of the most reoccuring complaints and, well, try to improve the application. They may no longer care… they may just want to sell more Kindle devices, other than b damned.
I haven’t had many problems with the macOS version (fewer still with the iOS version). It does what it does and I’m grateful to keep my books in the in the Amazon Cloud rather than having physical books stacked high in my small apartment.
My rating is shared with only 36 oter people. Once again, as always, in the minority. It is not a friendly app. The search function could be far more advanced.
But it works - not as full-featured as on a Kindle device but packing an iPad and a Kindle device for a trip to a doctor’s appointment is just silly. I’m never far from my MacBook Pro or my iPhone or my iPads and I’m really not certain where my last greatest Kindle is residing just now.
Were I rating the interface and full functionality of this app I would give it 3 stars. But it allows me to do what I need and, for that, I’m giving it 4 stars.
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.