Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks Book App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Book
  • Publisher: AMZN Mobile LLC
  • Updated: Mar, 04 2009
  • Version: 4.1.2
  • Size: 21.57 MB

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish

Seller: AMZN Mobile LLC

Performance and Stability Improvements

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
431 Ratings
All Versions:
188441 Ratings


The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store plus hundreds* of newspapers and magazines. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device.

Get the best reading experience available on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch:
• Shop the Kindle Store by visiting Amazon for the largest selection of books people want to read: millions of books, including hundreds of thousands of titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store and over 1.7 million titles that are $9.99 or less.
• Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy via Kindle Free Sample Search.
• Customize your reading experience by choosing margin size, line spacing, background color, font size, font style, and either portrait or landscape format.
• Tap and hold text to quickly highlight important sections, easily edit or change highlight colors, and select long passages that span multiple pages.
• Exclusive to Kindle, X-Ray lets you see the “bones of the book” and learn more about notable characters, places, and phrases with descriptions from Shelfari and Wikipedia. (English Titles Only)
• Collections: Easily categorize books, docs, and magazines with a few, easy taps.
• Instant dictionary word lookup with 250,000 entries and definitions. Tap and hold a word to view the definition. You can also use previously purchased Dictionaries, such as medical, legal, or other translation references.
• Search inside the book to find a character, topic, or section you want to revisit.
• Simply tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages.
• You can also read your Kindle books on your Kindle e-reader, Kindle Fire, PC, Mac, Android-based device, Windows Phone 8-based device, or in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Our Whispersync technology syncs your last page read, notes, bookmarks, and highlights across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.
• Read hundreds* of newspapers and magazines including The Economist, Reader’s Digest, Martha Stewart Living, and Food Network Magazine with high resolution color images. Visit the Kindle Store to subscribe to a newspaper or magazine and have each edition automatically delivered, or purchase individual issues.
• Email PDFs & other documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. The documents are automatically archived in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download on your iOS or supported Kindle devices. You can also read PDFs from Mail, Safari, or by transferring them from iTunes.
• With Kindle textbooks you save up to 60% off print list prices when you buy, and up to 80% when you rent. Use the Notebook in your Print Replica textbooks to review your bookmarks, highlights, notes. Tag and filter the most important items to study.
• Accessibility features make it easier for blind and visually impaired customers to navigate their Kindle libraries, read & interact with books, and more. Enable VoiceOver in your device settings to begin. A quick reference to gestures can be found under the FAQ section in settings.

* Selection and price of books and periodicals in the Kindle Store may vary by country.

Customer Reviews

  • No longer functions smoothly

    by Teitatwo22

    App now stutters and freezes during page animations, new update ruined my experience on my iPod touch 5th generation.

  • Excellent

    by DaBKLYNKid

    Enjoy the Kindle App immensely. It doesn't get much better then this for those of us who love to read.

  • Kindle App

    by Scruumbled

    Love the Kindle App. Very easy to use.

  • Kindle

    by 10/4peanuts

    Very good app for the people who love to read and love the convenience of books on their device. I do find it hard to delete books that I've already read or that I don't want. This could be improved upon. Thanks.

  • Great App

    by MikeS.GoBears

    Having the ability to read an entire book on a phone is so much easier than having to carry a book around.

  • Excellent! Love It!

    by jNimble

    Very nice app. Does exactly as advertised. Be forewarned it does not cook breakfast or do laundry. If used correctly it can prevent papers from flying away in mildly windy situations.

  • Love it!!

    by m.c.1232


  • Best app ever

    by ccgirl123

    Best app ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Always reliable

    by GC in Philly

    Solid app that doesn't crash and let's me read. Some readers are so fancy they distract from reading, this one doesn't. Good options and features but not too bulky. I love being able to share quotes on twitter.

  • Works Great

    by lrslls

    The update is fixed and it works great!

  • Mr

    by ROMO59

    The best thing ever in the web if you like reading!!! Thanks!!

  • More colors for highlight?

    by Tamako-chan

    No matter how much I enjoy this app and thousands of kindle books so far, one little thing that really bugs me is that there are too few colors for annotation. And they are not beautiful, comparing to colors from other apps in the market (like iBook or Adobe PDF). I don't know if you guys can fix this but that would be totally awesome. Overall, I really love the app. It has sleek UI, fast processing and very useful dictionary. It has came this far.. 98% !!!! So, could you please consider the colors option? Thank you so much.

  • Kindle app

    by Numbers person

    Great for obtaining and reading books.

  • Wish prime was available

    by JaminJamie413

    Love this app. I use it everyday. I purchased the prime membership..unfortunate it isn't valid for apple devices.

  • Bring back page numbers

    by briarraindancer

    I like the new update but I'd at least like the option to see page numbers in the view screen if not all the time.

  • Kindle App v. Kindle

    by BobT1946

    I've had a Kindle DX since they were first available and love it, but the Kindle app on my iPad is far superior. I have had absolutely no problems with it. The only improvement would be to make it easier to download books directly to the iPad instead of downloading to the Kindle, then downloading from the cloud.

  • Luv it!

    by GigiBibi6

    Particularly like how Ivan go from iPhone ipad and it syncs. I also like how it figures out your reading speed and tells you how much time you have left to finish chpt and book.

  • S'better

    by JVan9

    Feb 11 2014 update: sync problem seems to be mostly fixed. STILL no library management feature, which is a drag Some problems w/cross-dev ice sync?', no way 2 organize library, can't borrow frm owners library, otherwise, it's ok

  • Great app

    by Coolblunt


  • Love it!

    by Juanimommy

    This is by far the most used app on my phone, I love it!

  • Annoying

    by Traci01801

    Can't even get it to load

  • Very frustrating!!!!

    by Moughan420

    I have plenty of books on my kindle and can only download book samples on my iPhone app, I will be selling my kindle and staying with apple, thanks for nothing!!!!!

  • Crashes


    The newest version will not stay open for longer than 20 seconds. All other versions worked great. Is very frustrating right now. Please repair ASAP!

  • I love my ap!!!!

    by rberg76

    I have no problem with this ap I love reading!!

  • Love my Kindle app!

    by Megakw

    When I'm out and about without my Kindle and I have a few minutes to spare, I always use this app. I love how it syncs up with the location and book I'm reading. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Wish list

    by Jamesmom0710

    REALLY wish I could click on a book and see the synopsis. Would like to be able to archive books also. Other than that, great app.

  • Love the Kindle app!

    by Beadywoman

    I think my husband likes my Kindle more than I do - no more piles of books laying around the house!

  • Love my kindle app

    by Stacyjo1211

    I never have a problem. Downloads quickly!

  • Great app

    by Greeves0844

    I read all the time and I love that I can sync each book with my kindle and the app

  • Bug: English to Chinese definition display issue

    by 南国飘雪

    Updated: the kindle app is worse than before and the worst one I used to reading ebook in my iPhone and iPad. The kindle guy is too arrogant to listen end user's feedback. After several update, this app has no us full feature introduced, but made some old feature worst, such as very bad definition display, no copy/paste, always sync up to the most further location (not latest), no gesture support, no multi account support. Can you fix some real issue? In some cases, the definition of English to Chinese definition can not be displayed. It happened on iPhone landscape model and iPad (both portrait and landscape model) Please fix this bug.

  • Love me some Kindle...

    by Snug3161

    I've become a reading junky. It is so great to be able to pick up one of my devices and jump right into the same book!

  • Love my Kindle

    by Wade1509

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite and love it. I usually read at night in bed. During the day, however, I'm usually on the go. Having the app on my iPhone makes continued reading very convenient. Love the whisper sync so I don't lose my place when switching back and forth. Have had no problems at all - 2 years of the app and 6 months of the Paperwhite.

  • Kindle app

    by Queentashyra

    I use it on the iPhone 5 but I also have a kindle. Works great for me except even on the phone you need wifi to download a book not 4G.

  • Awesome reading app

    by ExoStreaM

    Simple to use, good readability on an iPhone 5, extensive selection of books at cheap prices. I've stopped buying paperbacks for the past 3 years.

  • Great app!

    by matnorma

    This is a great app. Works well and is easy to navigate to and within your content. This is second only to my actual Kindle device.

  • Kindle

    by CatLuver6

    Great assortment of books at a reasonable price, no shipping and handling charges and all the genres I enjoy.

  • Great App but...

    by KJ2300

    It would be great if I could organize the books and see a short synopsis.

  • No highlighting feature

    by Lvl2Babbs

    Solid app. Would be 5 stars, 10/10 if it had a highlighting feature. It has a notecard feature, but no highlighting. This is immensely troublesome, especially for those who utilize e-textbooks.

  • Works well

    by MennoSandy

    It works, what more needs said.

  • Used to be a good app until the update

    by Embroiderygal

    The update said it fixes stability issues. I wasn't having any issues until this latest update. It no longer stays on the page I left off at. It either goes backwards or forward 10-20 pages so I have to hunt to find where I left off.

  • Every day, no complaints

    by YoplaitBaby

    I'm a huge reader and use this app almost every day. It's convenient, intuitive and has the functionality I need to read. Never had a complaint, highly recommended.

  • Love it.

    by CaribBeanC

    Does what it says. One tap purchase on my Kindle sends books to my iPhone immediately. Bookmarks keep up most of the time. Great app for an avid reader.

  • Screen lock!

    by Dangling Pear

    If you are a reclining reader, to keep the screen from following the phone rotation, you can tap the page in LOWER RIGHT CORNER, a lock appears tap again it will appear as "unlocked." Tap for the choice you want, the best reading choice, then Lock it so it doesn't bounce back and forth between portrait/landscape view.

  • Never had a problem

    by Tristan_jr

    This app has been very reliable and easy to use.

  • Love it

    by Shoni18

    I love kindle. It works great and I'm always on it. One suggestion would be to allow pursuing of books through the app. I can search books, but have to open up an internet browser to make the purchase. Then it would be perfect!

  • Like it

    by AmyLou96

    Usually use it to read rather then my outdated kindle.

  • Reader

    by Tan81036

    Love my kindle app!!!! It's great....

  • Kindle app

    by Mbdyan

    Wish you could download books from the app.

  • Voracious Reader

    by Tonia Cherry

    Great app! No problems at all! Download the app. Can go from reading kindle to iPhone. Wonderful!

  • Kindle Ap

    by Nembabill

    I am totally addicted to this ap. since u hit it I've only read two real books. Every other book I've read has been on thus Ap.

  • Solid app

    by Lizzie_14

    It's easy to read books on this app anytime anywhere. I also love how easy it is to look up words or google a phrase or translation simply by highlighting what you want to look up. It does drain the battery if used for too long though. Overall I would say this is a good app. I've used it for years without any complaints.

  • Love this App!

    by Marygo2011

    I absolutely love the Kindle App! I use it at work on my breaks & when I don't have my KindleFire w/ me! Lots of features overlap w/ what Kindle offers! I recommend it to any book lover!

  • Kindle app

    by Wildlifemommy

    I love this app! I have it on my IPad also and it syncs my position in my book between the two.

  • Better than good but not perfect

    by mbchamb

    It would be perfect if you could copy and paste from books. Going to website to copy and paste is a hassle.

  • One of my favorite apps

    by AnsleyC

    I love having Kindle on my iPhone. It's convenient to read my books in any location. So far, the app has been 100% reliable. I highly recommend it.

  • Great

    by Abdul_Rehman

    Great app

  • Love it!

    by Foster859

    Great app! Love the ability to read so many books without filling up my home and especially love the fact it is much cheaper than the physical books.

  • Very happy

    by TaipeiNY

    Personally, I have owned multiple kindles. However, when I got an iPad, I stopped using my kindle. I liked the lit back screen and the ease of use. I do miss my international 3G, which allowed me to buy books anywhere, but even still this app is pretty good.

  • Textbook Reader is Mediocre

    by TeriDactyl9000

    Most of my casual reading I do on my Kindle Keyboard because I really like the look of the e-ink as it's easier on the eyes in low light, and it's about 9000x lighter than my iPad when I'm laying in bed...or at least seems it when I fall asleep and drop it on my face. As a textbook reader, though, the Kindle app on iPad is just OK. Here's a rundown: PROS: • Page thumbnail viewer. Helps scroll back and forth between pages and chapters really excellently. Although it would be nice to be able to toggle it instead of it always being active and having it cover my screen if I accidentally tap on the page. • Annotation / Notepad feature is actually pretty cool. • Flash cards. Kinda works like the annotations only you can make key words flash cards and see ones other people have created. Kinda cool if you need that sorta thing. CONS: • The last version seems a little buggy when you highlight a passage—sometimes I have to tap on the passage a couple times before the highlight menu pops up. • The Dictionary box that pops up when you tap on a word IS FRIGGING HUGE. Geeze, guys, can't you reduce the size of that thing at all? At least have the ability to turn it off. • Margins are way too wide for textbooks, and text can only be blown up by the "close-up" hand gesture (whatever they call the opposite of "pinching"). Although since this is a textbook, the text size it understandable but it would be nice if the magnification stayed the same when you turned a page. Just blue-sky dreaming here. Mostly that Dictionary dialogue box is my main beef with the textbook viewer. The Kindle app for textbooks is FATHOMS better than it used to be when it first became available, but still needs a little tweaking.

  • Great

    by Carrowlynn

    It's an awesome app. The only thing I wish would change is that you can't delete books off of cloud or your device.

  • Good

    by Begah

    I enjoy my Kindle but I wish I could delete the books I have read if I wanted to.

  • Brilliant

    by Andycon

    Best way to read books.

  • Great.

    by Mawmawjanet


  • Great!

    by Devineone3

    I've already read a couple books on it and had no problems.

  • Wonderful App!

    by ShayD<3

    I love this app! Everything works wonderfully and I've never had any problems! I enjoy being able to switch from multiple devices without worry. Kindle keeps up for me so I am always right where I left off!

  • Reading is fun

    by Purple dragonfly1961

    Loving my collections

  • Good

    by tankzj


  • Archive

    by Draw some junkie

    I do not have the actual kindle, just the app for my iPad so it may be just an app issue. I wish I could archive my read books to streamline my choices. And when I put a book in a collection I would like it to drop off the main library (or have the option to do that). Otherwise I love kindle.

  • I've come to dread your "updates"

    by Jinksed

    With the new update, the app either doesn't open at all, and then crashes. Or, it takes forever to open, and then crashes. Please fix this.

  • Rate

    by Vinhdath


  • Reading Speed!!!

    by Jacob Smith

    Reading speed still isn't fixed! Otherwise no issues with app!

  • I love the kindle app except ......

    by greeneyes55!

    I love kindle app on my iPhone but I hate that I can't download samples or purchase from the iPhone kindle app like I use to. It's very disappointing. I like that capability and miss it a lot. 3 words.....,,BRING IT BACK. I think I use to purchase more just because of that capability. :-)

  • Can't open

    by Onlyonegal

    After update today the icon does not appear to be Kindle and will not open. Only way in is from update page. Not good hope it gets fixed have a lot of books to read.

  • Usually works, update broken

    by billymeltdown

    When launched a spinner appears hiding the page view and it's never removed. You have to quit app and launch again to read your book until it happens again--every time you exit and return to app. Makes reading anything next to impossible. Hoped this new version would fix this bug, as it just started with previous version.

  • How do I log off.

    by Fasted2002

    Looks good, but can't find log-off from my account. Am I missing something?

  • Page Number

    by Page#

    I just bought a book for my class and this thing doesn't even have real page numbers. How am I supposed to follow my syllabus?! Frustrated

  • Very good option

    by masseyk55

    This is an excellent app for an ebook reader. It does almost everything my "real" kindle does and is very convenient. In fact, I like the page turn option better on the iPhone version. I would suggest an option to remove all bookmarks. This would make it easier to switch from device to device and much easier for those of us who read books multiple times without having to navigate through the book to find where we actually are this go round.

  • Very good option

    by masseyk55

    This is an excellent app for an ebook reader. It does almost everything my "real" kindle does and is very convenient. In fact, I like the page turn option better on the iPhone version. I would suggest an option to remove all bookmarks. This would make it easier to switch from device to device and much easier for those of us who read books multiple times without having to navigate through the book to find where we actually are this go round.

  • Nice, but a little confusing..

    by steelspring

    Great app, reading a lot more on it now, I just wish it was easier to purchase more kindle books within the app. Is this not possible? If it is, it's extremely difficult to find that option. If it's not available within the app, why the heck not? :)

  • Crashes - Unsable

    by hackerz33

    Downloaded 4.1.2 today and downloaded my first book. Could not buy from iPhone and had to complete the transaction from the Web browser. Once purchased, the book would not properly load and is completely unreadable on both my iPhone 5s and iPadAir. Not sure if it is bugs in the app or corruption in the book. The pop-up errors on my device state that an error occured and I should remove the book from my device and download again from the cloud. If that doesn't work deregister the app and register. Neither worked on either device. I even tried deleting the app and reinstalling. The concept is simple but Amzon can't seem to present set of pictures and text in a linear fashion so that the pages can be read. I will get blank pages and a spinner most often. The app will decide to jump to the middle of the book and not allow you to go to next or previous page. Very frustrating. The book in questions is "Scrum: A breathtakingly brief and agile introduction".

  • Justification

    by Longnamedatttshopefullynottaken

    Why is there no option for anything except full justification. On larger. text settings this leaves huge ugly gaps that are distracting. Makes the iBooks app so much more appealing. This one thing makes the app almost unusable. See?

  • Newest kindle update

    by No bookmark

    In the last two updates , the bookmark doesn't appear on the page when page animation is on. Have to turn page animation off to be able to see it.

  • Potential improvement

    by alpsnow61

    I don't know why, but I really hope this app could support multiple accounts. Other than that, this app meets the basic standards for a reading app.

  • Excellent

    by Krug j.

    This is the one I use most for books.

  • Great eBooks App Keeps Getting Better

    by Justin Norman

    The clean and snappy interface makes this a great way to read books. I love the Collections feature, which makes it easier to organize my growing library. The only thing I wish is that they would sync to the Mac version of the app, which currently is quite inferior to this one. The iPhone app as it stands is absolutely great though.

  • Kindle

    by musicman708

    I love this app. I use if all of the time. I have only one complaint. On the kindle device, it will read your book to you. On the app, it doesn't read to you. Please add this feature.

  • Great app for reading

    by Jayha

    Works great and love to read on the iPhone!

  • Unresponsive on my iPad mini

    by bfb0810

    I would give this a better rating but it is unresponsive or slow to respond on my mini. I have decided to go back to iBook.

  • confused and aggravated

    by CaitlinAnne

    got the kindle app in order to read and view my college textbooks on my iPhone. however, I am unable to sync or download the texts. unsure if it is the app or publishers fault; regardless I am annoyed and upset about it.

  • Awesome

    by Fantasticboy22 

    I use kindle across 3 devices, and it's awesome. I'm thrilled that iBook is pushing kindle to be more competitive. The kindle app is designed for readers and still beats iBook hands down. Although, honestly, the iPad is not good hardware for reading. Get a kindle for most of your reading and then, you use the iPhone/iPad app when reading books with pictures or your kindle isn't available. I always have my whole library of digital books with me wherever I go. Awesome

  • good

    by add Sync


  • Love it, but..

    by JESSSx3

    Love this app. Always reading but Since the last update, the last page read doesn't sync. So every time I put my iPad down I have to try and find my spot again when I come back to it. Having to remember page numbers or location numbers is difficult. Hope they can fix this.

  • Worthless

    by Maxshiraz

    Pathetic. Offers a bunch of samples but nothing you can actually buy thru the app. I guess they want you to buy the kindle device.

  • Love the kindle app

    by Wild boar333

    Love the app but it seems that all the updates since ios7 came out have been downgrades, this last update made it to where I have no visible book mark so if I want to go back a few pages and re-read something then go back to my spot I have to search for it, the last downgrade took away the ability to go directly back to your bookmark from the table of contents, now it's getting ridiculous maybe it's time to go back to real books and stop with this hassle.

  • Almost perfect

    by Joe the disappointed

    How about a choice of fonts on the iPad or droid for those of us who struggle to read, need a larger font, but want that font to be more clear?

  • Good app, great service

    by Elizab3thTX

    My collections are not currently syncing, but the the app still works well otherwise. The tech support was great and responsive to my concerns.

  • Constant login required

    by chrisdeely

    Am I the only one who has to CONSTANTLY re-enter my email and password to use this app?! If I switch to another app or put the ipad down for a few minutes, I have to re-enter my credentials again! This really overshadows an otherwise nice application.

  • Super app!

    by Millquh

    Kindle offers so many books - anything type of novel you want. Their books are very inexpensive and even downright cheap, in any topic you wish to read. Kindle is my new best friend, on my IPad, kindle Fire, and I phone. If I' m at the doctor, having car repairs completed or waiting or waiting on one of my family or friends I always have a good read with me. I would be lost without Kindle!

  • Annoying

    by CJAesq

    Love the app; hate the constant demand to turn on location services every time I start it up. Kindle, where I am has nothing to do with what I read. Might be time to find another reading app.

  • Needs more control

    by Ignatius13

    The fact that there's no option to scroll vertically, in a continuous page, makes transitioning between iBooks and the Kindle app difficult for those of us who have made the switch.

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