You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books

I’ve been hearing this a lot over the past few weeks:

‘Would love to read your book, Dom, but I don’t have a Kindle.’

Which makes a change from this:

‘You ate the whole cheesecake?’

One of Amazon’s best kept secrets is that you don’t need a Kindle to read books from the Kindle bookstore. You can get a Kindle reader application for the price of a download (free), and they do versions for just about every platform (no Linux version but apparently the Windows version runs under WINE).

And if you happen to have a Kindle anyway then you can happily swap between it and your laptop/phone/whatever with your current page updated between all of them. That’s right, with the Kindle connection switched on, Amazon will keep track of the book you’re reading and make sure your other Kindle applications keep in step. Very clever and only a little bit sinister.

So, if you’re an eBook author with a website, it might be a good idea to link to the Kindle apps. It can only help.

Kindle for the Mac

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