Free Kindle for PC App: Amazon Could have done More

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Kindle for PC is a free application from Amazon that lets you read your Kindle purchases on your PC.  If you think why would you want to read Kindle purchases on your PC, here are multiple reasons for that:

  • Paper versions of books are normally expensive than their Kindle versions. So, if you like reading e-books, but do not want to buy Kindle, Kindle for PC gives you an opportunity to buy Kindle books and read them on your PC.
  • Kindle for PC makes it extremely easy to read books on your PC. It lets you bookmark, and add annotation. You can even sync your bookmarks and annotations with your Kindle (if you own one).
  • Kindle for PC is very well integrated with Windows 7. If you have a touch screen PC with Windows 7, you can zoom in and out with pinch of fingers, and turn pages with a swipe. Read more on Microsoft’s Blog.


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Now, you might be wondering why did I title the article  in that manner. Kindle for PC looks like quite a good app, so what more was I expecting from Amazon.

Kindle for PC is indeed good. However, one thing that I really felt bad about is that it is completely focused towards Kindle books that you buy from Amazon. If you have any e-book or even PDF file with you, and want to read it on your Kindle for PC, Amazon does not provides any option to do that.[subscribe-to-us]

But why would Amazon not do that? Simply because they want people to buy books from them to read on Kindle for PC. I don’t mind doing that at all, as long as I can use Kindle for reading all other PDF files on your PC. Otherwise, I would end up having a PDF reader for my PDF files, and Kindle for PC for my Kindle books.

I am not impressed. Amazon could have done more. I think I am happier with my Nuance Free  PDF Reader that lets me read all PDF files, and also highlight/underline text.

[To Amazon: I installed Kindle for PC, and did not find any option to open a PDF file in that. If you have that option hidden somewhere, let me know, and I would be happy to retract my frustration]

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