The mac version is the worst. It doesnt even open when you launch it. And from all the reviews I've read so far all the mac users have given bad reports so i think this is an issue that really needs to be addressed
Its like Amazon went out of its way to make this a terrible reader. Sort of to spite us for trying to break their DRM so we could use a decent reader.
Ridiculously bright 2/5
You can make the page reverse and dim but it maintains a ridiculously bright edge to it even in full screen. Not a good app for reading at night. I'd suggest an iPad or a big iPhone instead...
Won't connect to WiFi--unusable 1/5
Can't sync because Kindle won't connect to WiFI, even though every other program connects immediately with no problems. I've reinstalled it many times and it still doesn't work. Extremely frustrating.
The app works perfectly on my iPhone & iPad but does not sync properly on my Macbook Pro. After checking all settings in my devices and in my Amazon account, and searching online for tech help, I give up. I just have to resign myself to not ever using the kindle app on my computer.
no audio / video content 1/5
For books with audio / video content, the content does not appear in the Mac app like it does on the iOS (???) or Windows Kindle apps. Seriously? Was looking forward to using the big screen on my MacBook Pro, but no - have to use my smaller iPad or iPhone.
Not Sure What Happened 2/5
Used to use this app on my Mac all the time to read and reference textbooks. Suddently stopped opening (even after uninstalling and reinstalling). No help online.
Still missing windowing, Dark Mode, and other basic features 1/5
I am extremely disappointed that the Kindle app for Mac is lacking even the most basic functionality (e.g., windowing), as the app is completely incapable of simply opening two books simultaneously. This is an especially glaring omission* given that the Apple Books app allows users to open two books simultaneously with ease. (Of note, windowing was even implemented on the original Macintosh in 1984, yet this app does not support it in 2020!!!)
Additionally, the desktop Kindle app completely neglects standard Mac UI conventions like Dark Mode, resulting in a nearly blinding screen glare when the all-white Kindle screen is brought to the foreground amongst a sea of Dark Mode windows. Of note, I have 8 different applications launched on my Mac as I write this, and the Kindle app is the ONLY app that does not support Dark Mode.
In summary, this app neglects basic functionality and user interfece elements to the point that it makes it painful to launch.
I'd advise avoiding this app until there is a more serious development effort to implement these basic features.
The app keeps crashing! 1/5
The app keeps crashing! on Mac OSX 10.15.4
I almost gave it two stars... 1/5
By Nurse Takeover
...for the nostalgia of my first computer, and retro is in these days. Then I thought, wait, I've dropped how many $$$$hundreds into these books that are as easy to access and reference as, well, my first computer.
The Kindle app looks like it's running off a floppy disk–there's that nostalgia again–and responds to my calls exactly like my dog: A shift of the eye if not a lift of the head, maybe a moment of eye contact that feels like a middle finger, then nothing. At least my dog can run 30 seconds without crashing.
Very frustratign to use –– there is not control over page turning –– it may turn one page or two or three –– it may jump back to the begining.
Highligitng doesn't work –– and it is impossible to maek a note.
In todays world it would seem that Kindle/Apple could do better than this!
Why WHY is this app so clunky?? The background has to be adjusted manually instead of adjusting automatically, which is far more steps than it should be. You can't buy books through the app??? They haven't fixed this yet?? FFS... and now I remember why I've been using iBooks for the last two years. Come on people! But now things I want to reread are trapped in there... grrrrr
Update - Does Not Work with Catalina 10.15.4 1/5
I've updated the app and it will not let me open the book I have purchased. Continuously get the error messasge: "Your Kindle app requires an update to view this content. Click here to download and install the free update or visit the Mac App Store to update your app (supported OS: Mac OS X 10.10 or later)."
What a wreck!
This needs Scrolling enalbed 3/5
This needs Scrolling enalbed. Scrolling would enhance the experience for me. It creats a situation where I never lose my spot when I have the option of scrolling. At least give people the option. Why put it on the ipad and iphone as an option but not the mac?
Full of Advertisements terrible experience 1/5
The updates basically turned it into a forced advertisement platform you cant turn off. I regret ever updating and Apple wont let me roll back.
If you dont like advetisements then skip the updates!
Why is Amazon neglecting this app? 1/5
I have tons of books from Amazon plus Kindle Unlimited. This is the buggiest app I've ever used on my Mac. How in the world did this get passed Apple's review process? How? What a train wreck. The app doesn't sync my books properly. The highlighting features needs a lot of work. The usability needs a complete overhaul. Incredibly disappointed that I have all of this content from Amazon and can't access it. Amazon you need to get on this asap. Reading the reviews, it's been many years of applying scotch tape and bandaids to a broken app.
Dark mode needed! 3/5
Can't change the color. I want it to be in dark mode default
No mutl-select?! 2/5
Collection management is an absolute nightmare because Amazon, in its infinite wisdom, made it impossible to select multiple titles at once.
This app is awful, but it's better than using the website? Maybe?
I can't event use it 1/5
Every time I open the app, im already in a book. If I try going back to my library it quits the app. I need to read books for school that I bought on amazon. very disapointed.
Trash… Keeps Crashing 1/5
I’ve never been more disappointed in an app. I’ve had the app stop working 4 times in the past 10 minutes. If you need to search a book, look a table of contents, or scroll through pages at a rate faster than 1 click every 30 seconds, you will hate this app. May be the trashiest app on the Mac App Store.
This app used to work fine last year, but in recent months, I can't open a book without it glitching. I am unable to read books on this app on my Macbook Air. This is annoying and frustrating when I need to read textbooks for school. I have had to use a mini iPad kindle app to access my rented textbooks. I won't be renting textbooks digitally through Amazon anymore if they don't fix this issue.
Doesn't work 1/5
I downloaded this today and it says I need to update it before I read a book. My Mac OS is up to date and supposedly compatible with the app. What????
ver 1.28 in Mac cannot display images 2/5
Not sure why images are not displayed for some books. They show up fine in iPhone app.
I would give zero stars 1/5
While the app runs perfect on my iPad, the OSX version is such a failure that I would ask: What were you thinking? Did both the developers and their managers get fired? The app does not sync with my books, well sometimes it does. Its sooooo slow, that you can take a walk and come back before your book is up. Your magazines?? Nope, not visible. Search for content like on the iPad? Nope.
What a freaking disaster and embarrassment for Amazon.
Continuous scrolling would be nice... 3/5
I've seen three reviews more than a year old requesting the continuous scroll feature (four, if you include this review) and another review requesting true full-screen, i.e. hide everything except the text. If the app had both continuous scrolling and true full-screen, it could be a five-star app. Since these features seem to have been ignored and the lack of them interfere with the digitial book-reading experience, I'll be generous and give it three stars... Come on, Amazon! Put these basic features in your otherwise decent app!
I had previous versions that ran fine on various MacOS devices. This latest upgarde simply will not run on any device. I've uninstalled/downloaded/reinstalled four times and nada! Crashes as soon as is try to open a book.
Needs continuous scrolling!!!! 4/5
By Lelva H
Please add this function.
the right click doesn't work well 1/5
I take notes frecently and the right click will only works 10 minutes after start reading. this is so frustrating. So I must use iPad to take notes. Are you happy now?
No continous scroll option + Mac trackpad shortcuts disabled in app 2/5
The app lacks an option to scroll through the book dragging two fingers up and down on the track pad which is a typical mac shortcut that most mac users have grown accustomed to. Also, the app will not allow you to zoom in and out using the two-finger shortcut on the trackpad. This needs to be fixed.
Be prepared to download frequently 1/5
I have used Kindle on my MacBook Pro for a number of years. For some reason - unknown to me - is i don;t use the Kindle app for several week, it will NOT OPEN. the fix is to remove all the Kindle downloads in my Finder and then go to the apple store and download. It is not reliable. I do not have that problem on my Apple iPhone 8 nor my Amazon kindle.
uneven performance to no performance 2/5
Worked well for incoming data such as books and reading locations, but not up loading reading locations. I decided to try reloading the app and now nothing works. Oh, I'm running os10.15.3 so up to date software is not the problem.
Terrible, buggy, always crashing 1/5
I have re-installed this app about two dozen times. It is without a doubt the buggiest piece of crap software I have ever used. You’d think an extremely profitable, globe-spanning tech corporation could make a simple e-reader app that doesn’t crash 9 times out of 10 just by opening it.
You’d think. But you’d be wrong.
I noticed that Amazon has disabled the ability for people to review this app on their store, probably because everyone and their mother complains about how buggy it is. This issue has been persisting for YEARS and yet Amazon still has done nothing to fix the app.
If your ebooks are DRM-free, then download them, convert to epub format with the free Calibre app, and then read them in iBooks. At least that software doesn’t crash every time I try to launch.
Not perfect, but very good 5/5
It has some flaws (hard to get stuff you've read off the device sometimes) but beats the hell out of iBooks. I can download books from the library and I use it to store PDF's. Remembers where I left off and holds so many books - the LIbrary of Alexandria, as long as you have power. And on my iPad Pro, I can read for many moons. Free books in the public domain store War and Peace for when you're in a really long line.
App will boot up and let me read a book but will crash in a short period of time. This app is most likely not ready for mac os catalina
WORST APP EVER 1/5
dont even bother. i cant even sign into my account to access my books. there is literally no option. i open the app and there is no way to sign in. i tried everything, searched Google. cant find any answers. i'll buy my ebooks elsewhere for now on.
Needs to be fixed 2/5
The app on Mac is great for books, but you cannot download any documents you have. Docs only download to iPad or iPhone, which is extremely frustrating becuase it's much easier to read documents on the computer than on your phone. Amazon needs to fix this becuase it really limits my ability to use the app to its full capabiliites.
APP Crash 2/5
I just bought the new Odd1sOut Sequel Kindle ebook and every time I exit the app (on my 2017 MacBook Pro running the newest version of Catlina) the app crashes if I go back to the library, and later try to reopen the book. At first I thought it was something with the book itself so deleted the book and redownloaded it at least twice.
I found that so far the only solution seems to be to right-click (two-finger click on my trackpad) the title and select the option to go back to the beginning of the book. At the point, the book opens and the app does not crash. Then after that I am able to go to the chapter that I want to read manually.
Barely Adequate 1/5
Clearly Amazon dont want people to read Kindle books anywhere but on a Kindle device, since this app barely adequate. Yes, you can read a book .. and thats about it. The UI is awful, I think by 8 yo could do better. But the clincher here is YOU CANT SYNC COLLECTIONS. Yep, if you organize your books into cloud collections, they will appear on a Kindle device and the Web site, BUT NOWHERE ELSE. Not on Mac, not on iPhone, not on iPad.
Coming from a company who invented the cloud, this is appauling. Amazon should be ashamed.
Quite obviously the neglected little sister 2/5
It shows the books I purchased, and that's about it. Lags far behind it's iOS brethren. For some unknown reason, in 2020 Kindle still does not sync collections between all of its devices. A mystery.
I’ve used my kindle app for years on my iPad and it worked great- up until this last update. I was afraid to update it because lately , all updates seem to do is add more advertisements to it.
And that’s exactly what happened with this update. I now have to dig to get to my library past the “ Recommended books” and other garbage.
AND most of the “Recommended books” are Pro-Obama and Anti-Trump- nice way to make half your users not like you !
Amazon seems obsessed with making money over satisfying their customers and have no cares if they insult them along the way
Application is worthless 1/5
I read alot.
But this application says it sorting by collection. It does until they release an update, then they remove your collections from the device you are using. if that is a Mac, you must call in to get them half way restored
Functional but unpolished 3/5
While the Kindle app works well enough as a basic tool for reading ebooks, it's not nearly as nice as it could be.
Its interface lacks the elegance of a well-designed Mac app and is sorely lacking in good organizational tools. It's also a bit slow to launch.
I find that it takes quite a bit of tweaking the settings to find a comfortable layout for the text.
I find Apple's Books app so much nicer for reading on my Mac. On iPad or iPhone it's a different story; both apps are pretty similar there. But when it comes to delivering a great reading experience on the Mac, Apple runs laps around Amazon's lackluster offering.
app crash on mac air 2018 1/5
app crash on mac air 2018 , amzon hasnt fix this a almost a year.
Fatal app crash on Lonely Planet book 1/5
I don't know if it's an Ireland Lonely Planet book error or a Kindle for Mac error, but it's fatal and the book won't stay open for more than 1 second.
¡Text-To-Speech works but slowly! 1/5
By Igneous Rock Pie
Lif3 is short. This reader will take twice as long to read a book to me than it should.
installed app and did nothing (even did not put my account details). Decided to open something that comes with app (i assume this is manual, 'assume' because it is not rendered correctly and it is not clear). Insta-crash :). This is below any standards.
not able to sync your documents with kindle for mac 2/5
It is so annoying that you can not sync your personal documents, books(non amazon) pdf and collections with the kindle for mac. Send to kindle also doesn't work with kindle for mac. I hope they add this in the future updates. I like to see all of my books, documents, collection,etc together in one app when I open my computer. If I didn't have and love my kindle paperwhite, I would abandon amazon kindle and use just apple book. Now I have to use both which is annoying. please make our life easier not complicated.
Crashes on changing texts' width 1/5
Always crashing in the same settings' changes. Many previously downloaded books are completely empty when opened -- just plain white screen is being shown; upon opening such books, Kindle freezes for several minutes.
It is anyoing that Amazon with its billions cannot delivery a decent reader for its own platform...
Slow to respond to navigation commands, very limited basic functionality. I wish I had not invested in Kindle books...