I hate this app 1/5
I have restarted my computer, attempted to update the app, and deleted and tried to redownload the app, but nothing works for me. It simply will not open. This is very frustrating to a college student who has limited time to read a chapter out of a textbook that I spent money on just to be unable to even access. The update will not even install. Everything on my computer is working perfectly normal except for this app, which is not working at all.
Truly horrible implementation of Kindle 1/5
By Greg DeLozier
I use this to read textbooks and write lectures for classes I teach. And I rarely do reviews at all and never bother typing in bad reviews, until this program. But I've been trying to make this thing work, and, well, it's horrible.
Pages don't "turn" properly and it's often impossible to tell (especially in math volumes) if the page has turned back or forward. There's no page numbering -- for instance the page I'm on is known as "12% Location 4701 of 39884" -- how in the world am I supposed to reference that on a slide.
There is no scroll function so if a paragraph you are trying to goes over a page break, you can see the first half or the last half but you can't see both halves at once.
The page sizing and layout controls barely work at all and not in any obvious way. The page turn controls are often hidden and scrolling is impossible.
This just begins to scratch the surface of the general unpleasantness of using this program. For the love of God, Amazon, if you're supposed to be presenting a book-like experience then have pages that turn or scroll and some way of knowing where you are in the book and what direction you're headed. The pages jumping around unpredictably just makes me want to quit.
It shouldn't have to be this hard. Get this app fixed, Amazon.
Font is in various sizes on the same page...some lines would be super small, then other lines on that same page would be very big, then some would be medium...it's very messy. Also, pages don't have the graphics that are on the same book when I read them on the iPhone or iPad version of the app. App also requires multiple clicks to open. If the macOS version of this app were just like the iOS version (which is perfect), I would have no complaints. I don't understand why they can't just make it like that...
Persistent bug 2/5
I’ve used this app for quite a long time on both Macbook and iPhone. However, the app simply can’t sync between the two properly. For a company the size of Amazon it’s really ridiculous that a bug that degrades the performance of this app has never been addressed over such a long period of time.
too bad...neglected 1/5
Unlike that amazing Kindle ios app, all I can say is that the Mac app is largy inadequate.
won't sync 1/5
I have 100 books to read as a judge in a contest and most of the time, the books submitted download but don't ever get to either my kindle or the kindle app for mac. I spent 5 hours one night with kindle support and nothing was resolved.
Not Magazine 1/5
It says "Books and magazines" but I wasn't able to read magazines in this kindle app for Mac. I just can read books! No section for magazines.
Horrible Accesibility 1/5
I have a learning difference that requires me to listen to books while I read them. Because I am working on my Master of Divinity I read A LOT of books. Kindle for Mac won't allow me to change the voice or speed of reading making reading ANY book through Kindle tedious, frustrating, and annoying. And because I go to a small school they don't have the resources to scan my books so that Adobe or Word can read them to me in a decent voice and at a decent speed. This is just ANOTHER example of typically abled privilege!
It's really that bad 1/5
Installed it on my Mac to access books when I don't have my Kindle on me. The lesson: bring the Kindle. This software is so buggy and unintuitive, it's a wonder Amazon doesn't just replace it with a simple web app and call it a day. I can use it for about three minutes before it crashes. Any thing other than flipping pages, like adjusting display width or search functions will deliver a swift crash and require a reload. For such a simple application, that's just silly.
By Not a reviewer.
After using Kindle for 6 years and loving how reliable the apps for phones and tablets are, the application for MacOS is lagging behind its mobile counterparts. As i just downloaded the MacOS app a few days ago so that i could read guitar music books a little easier than on my phone while playing. The Application just updated and I can no longer see any of the music, only words. The update has made the Mac app useless for what I originally intended for it to do. I understand that I am a minority and most people do not use Kindle for sheet music, however with as good of a reputation the Kindle brand has, its dissapointing.
Can we give it negative stars? 1/5
Updated to newest version and now all of my hand-scanned PDFs, that worked in Kindle for MacOS for years, no longer work. Absolute garbage. I'll never trust anything I care about to Amazon software again.
New Versiob Has a Corrupted Libraryq 1/5
I downloaded the latest update of Kindle for te iMac, 1.27.0.
The labrary has several strange Documents/Books. When I click on ones with no title, the app crashes. If I click on ones with strange titles they are blank. Afer a long discusion with Kindle supprt, I was told to Deregistr the app and register it. The removes all downloaded content. When Apple changes library formates, they automatticlly fix the libraries -- acoule of minutes delay, but no effort on my part.
The said, that rather than deregister, I reboot. That makes it Apple's fault. Their OS must be corrupt.
I keep several books on my devices for various reasons. Having to reload them is a pain.
I was alson asked to deregiser my iPad appm but after push-back, I reveived a message that they had "Tweeked my account, so I didn'y have to deregister.
Amazon is now over 1 Trillion dollars. Is that because they leave the burden of testing to the customer or are they using Boeing programmers?
Macbook Read out loud Limiter 2/5
Can you please remove the read out lout limiter! Unfortunately MacBook copies the text then reads it out loud, thus always reaching the kindle DRM copy limiter. I am not copying your book, I just want to read it out loud. Please fix the limiter so that it knows, or create you own kindle read out loud feature. There is a HUGE market for this, for people like me who don’t like reading. I will buy ALL my college text books on kindle if you do this. Lots of money for you!
Updated Kindle app won’t open 1/5
Oh goody. Amazon has replaced a fully functional app with a completely useless substitute. The new version, 1.27, won’t open at all. My MacBook 13” (early 2009) is running MacOSX 10.11.6.
Hey Jeffy boy! I want access to the books I paid for!
Still missing the most 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 2019 app does not support it.)
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.
slow, freezes 2/5
By Rafaelina 5
I use this on the brand new 2019 Macbook pro and there's nothing wrong with my laptop or internet. for some reason the kindle app freezes and I have to restart my laptop because the app won't close, also I use it to read my textbook and when you open the "notebook" section it completely stops working & making "flashcards" is kind of hard because you cant look at the materials while typing. hopefully a few updates will fix this issue
Buggy and no page numbers 2/5
Like many others I have been using the Kindle app for years on practically every platform. There are two issues with the Mac edition that really bother me:
1) In Mojave 10.5 its not possible to change the theme to dark - the option is disabled.
2) No page numbers on text books. I did a chat session with support and the person was able to recreate the issue and gave me a refund. I then went to the goog book store just to see if it was just the book, but no, even the previews of the text books had page numbers. Complete fail.
Keeps crashing 1/5
I use this for most of my textbooks as it is cheaper. I have always like being able to highlight and takes notes within the book. However, now I can't search within the book. I recently bought a new textbook and went to search a word and every single time I click on search, it freezes will "building the search index" and it stays frozen no matter how long I give it. I end up just having to force the app to close. So now the search option is completely useless
Needs some Attention 2/5
Amazon needs to really give this app some attention, it is missing key features like audio book play that even my iOS app has, it crashes 50% of the time when opening also.
Desperately needs some TLC 2/5
By Chris Ullyott
I got this app to study textbooks for school. The reading experience is surprisingly lacking. The most depressing thing is the page-turning ability being connected to mouse gestures. With an Apple Magic Mouse, I can simply just touch the mouse and the page will turn. Also, I can't seem to navigate using the sidebar table-of-contents. I'd click on one chapter, but a different chapter would expand. I'd almost rather lug around three giant textbooks instead of this.
By Mayra Jannette
Skips multiple pages, visual adjustments distort text and make it harder to read contingent on how the original text is presented - you have to adjust back and forth if there are embedded images. Stick with the iOS app because the MacOS is garbage.
horrible app 1/5
By Mac atttack
Great App 5/5
Completely useless 1/5
I can't even make it past the login screen with Voiceover. Total garbage. I expected better from a tech giant
Cannot scroll 1/5
Wow! You can't even scroll with this app. Must have had some real lazy programmers on this one. Otherwise, it is functional.
C'mon fix the highlighting please 3/5
Highlighting is a pain on a mac with the touch pad, the momnet you move the cursor from the passage you intend to highlight the option menu disappears ;((((
No real changes since OSX Lion 1/5
By Reggie Gerald
The most substantial change has been to allow for full screen mode and gesture controls which are standard across every app developed in the last 8 years. "Stability improvements and bug fixes" doesn't do anything. The world has moved on to allow smoth scrolling, resizing text, and just a basic night mode would change this from one star to 5. Amazon saved too much money on their taxes to allow this nonsense to go unmentioned. Sad I'm forced to use it to save a few bucks on mandatory college level text books.
needs a better update 1/5
I love the fact that I can read books electronically and I have been using kindle for quite some time now, but I feel like it is really outdated in the way it is structured and the aesethics of it. I would like to read all my textbooks electronically, but the notetaking and highlighting features are just not easy to use. Also, why is scrolling through pages only an option on mobile devices and not on my laptop? page flipping breaks the contunuation of reading and is really annoying when trying to read tables and graphs.
This is a very disappointing weak app 1/5
By just saying….
This is a very disappointing weak app. You would think that an app with such brand recognition would have features that could slice and dice any text. But, instead it is totaly bare bones. They try to make a big deal about being able store highligts, but it wont even do a partial word search. What if I am not sure how to spell the whole word? It should have a pop up or window that you can reference stored searches any time. You should be able to link pages so you can thumb though the sections you want without jumping around. This app has been around forever. …come on! Give us something.
App Doesn't EVEN Open 1/5
That would be the first thing that I look for in a good app, THAT IT OPENS, lol!
Won't Launch 1/5
Just bounces on the dock, then does nothing. Even after uninstalling and reinstalling. The last update was months ago at the time of writing this, so it doesn't seem like it'll change anytime soon. Beyond frustrating.
Can't open it 1/5
Kindle is not I know before, can't open it anymore
Frustrating and obtuse 1/5
This app takes the pleasure away from reading.
Navigation in particular just doesn't flow, you end up skipping pages by mistake. The table of contents makes it even worse because it only shows titles which could have one or many pages and you get no visual feedback, you simply know you're "somewhere" within that topic.
Complete garbage 1/5
Books do not download properly. App causes iOS to freeze. Such is the 21st-century sophistication of the globe's most powerful, richest corporation.
Make the icon smaller
Very buggy 1/5
There is something very buggy about Kindle for Mac OS. Whenever I swipe left or right, it sometimes skips a page. I can almost never flip through pages seamlessly when reading on my Macbook Pro.
Because of this annoyance, I usually pay full price for ebooks on the iBook store (even though it can cost twice as much).
Decent on the whole 3/5
By N. R. B.
I like the app on the whole, but I really wish there were a way to change the percentage at the bottom to the percentage you've read of the current chapter, rather than the current book. Some Googling reveals people have wanted this feature for years so I'm not sure why it's not available.
Oddly poor interface and function for such a quality vendor 2/5
When I type notes, the note window spontaneously closes. Highlighting through page turns not possible. It beats physical books but why so poor Amazon?
Half my books’ titles now appear as a series of letters & numbers, they don’t work at all, just blank pages. Hope someone will fix this asap.
Basic functionality not working 1/5
Page turn not working
can't read while traveling 1/5
I have a book i bought in america in my cloud, went to download it -- wouldn't let me do it because i was in a different country. i'll be selling my kindle and i guess losing all the books i bought before i moved. real books are better, can bring those with in a box at least.
Kindle app for MacOS: NEEDS MAJOR REPAIRS! 1/5
By Melusine of Trenton
I was having problems with this software for a long time after upgrading to MacOS Mojave. Finally, I downloaded a then-new version of Kindle and it worked briefly…until I upgraded to Catalina. Now it's doing the same thing again: it crashes seconds after I try to open it.
FIX THIS ****ED UP APP, APPLE!!!!!!!!!!
Needs to inprove a lot 1/5
1. Considering reading experience with live books on sites like manning or safari lib, kindle app needs to provide lot more features.
2. Right now it seems like outdated difficult to use app and stuck with it as I have lots books purchased over amazon and no alternative.
3. Reading pdf is better option than kindle
4. even amazon online read i no good interface relatively.
5. Copying text always brings addiional text which is really a problem while reading technical books and taking snippets for trying.
Crashed My Mac 1/5
By Mr. Lucas Brice
I had removed this app a while ago because of some problem I can't remember, but decided to try it again. I downloaded it, opened it, logged on, opened a book, and dragged the side of the page to resize it. I got the spinning wheel of death. Not only did Kindle crash, it crashed my entire system. I love my Kindle Paperwhite but this Mac app is garbage.
Doesn't support dark mode 1/5
The text can be changed to dark, but menu bar and status bar are still white. Looks ridiculous and distracting. I payed money to buy books from Amazon and cannot get a proper app to read them.
Doesn’t work 1/5
Tried updating through app store and amazon website but certain books said they still required an update despite the fact that I clearly had the newest version, amazon support was also unhelpful.
No good view options 1/5
All options in the view drop-down are greyed out, so I guess I can't use them. No way to view two pages at once so it makes textbook reading unbearable
Beneath Amazon 2/5
The Kindle app doesn't follow simple OSX design guidelines, it's buggy, and incredibly clunky to use. Almost as if it had been designed to be frustrating. Import ebooks? Nope. Some books from your library are just... not availble for this version, and won't show up in your Library. All around it's a very frustrating app.
Nothing But Non-functional Links 1/5
I resisted upgrading the Kindle app until the OS no longer supported it. Previously it worked and I was happy.
Since upgrading the app, EVERY link inside EVERY book is non-functional.
Being unable to navigate books, especially cookbooks, only by turning pages makes this app too painful to use.
I guess I'll be buying my books from Apple's Books store going forward. WTG Amazon.