Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Advertisement

The Kindle is a fantastic platform for book lovers, even if you prefer physical copies Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books In just one week I've been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. The Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense. Read More . For around $100, you get a device that lets you read at night, lets you purchase books instantly, and lasts for weeks on a single charge.

Although there are several Kindle models to fit any budget How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 There are currently four different Kindle e-Readers available to buy, from the budget Basic model to the pricey Oasis. But which one is right for you? Let us help you decide... Read More , perhaps you want to experience an eBook before buying or don’t have the money to purchase a device now 4 Reasons to Avoid Buying an E-Reader This Christmas 4 Reasons to Avoid Buying an E-Reader This Christmas 2015 is the worst year to buy an e-reader and there are several reasons for that. Don't get suckered! Read More . You’ll be pleased to know that Amazon provides a free Kindle app Kindle For PC Proves That You Don’t Need A Kindle To Enjoy Books From Amazon Kindle For PC Proves That You Don’t Need A Kindle To Enjoy Books From Amazon Being the voracious reader that I am, a library was always a small hillock to conquer. Thanks to the eBook revolution that has swept over us now, we now have peaks to scale. One of... Read More for Windows and Mac that lets you read right from your PC.

Let’s work through the process of using this software and finding some free books you can enjoy…

1. Download the Kindle App and Sign In

First, you’ll need to install a free copy of the Kindle app for Windows or Mac. Head to the Kindle app page, click Download for PC & Mac, and the site will automatically grab the right version for your operating system. You can also use the Android or iOS apps if you prefer. Once it’s installed, open the file and wait for it to load up.

Next you’ll need to enter your Amazon account credentials. Note that if you use two-factor authentication (2FA) on your account Make Your Amazon Account 100% More Secure In One Easy Step Make Your Amazon Account 100% More Secure In One Easy Step One minute of your time is all it takes to forever boost your Amazon account's security by 100%. Read More , the app won’t let you sign in and you’ll continually be asked to solve a CAPTCHA Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About CAPTCHAs But Were Afraid To Ask [Technology Explained] Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About CAPTCHAs But Were Afraid To Ask [Technology Explained] Love them or hate them - CAPTCHAs have become ubiquitous on the Internet. What on earth is a CAPTCHA anyway, and where did it come from? Responsible for eye-strain the world over, the humble CAPTCHA... Read More . To fix this, enter your password immediately followed by your current 2FA code Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More in the password field. This isn’t explained anywhere in the app, but it works. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one here.

2. Find Some Free Books

If you own any books on Amazon Kindle Unlimited Isn't Worth Your Money — Here's Why Kindle Unlimited Isn't Worth Your Money — Here's Why A subscription service for Kindle books? That sounds absolutely amazing. Unfortunately Amazon’s promise of more than a million eBooks for just $9.99 a month is too good to be true. Read More , you’ll find them in the All section of your library. When you want to start reading these, double-click one to open it. You can also right-click a book and choose Download to save it on your device for offline reading Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps Thanks to Chrome's offline apps, you don't need to rely on the Internet to catch up on your e-reading. Read More .

Advertisement

kindle-windows-app

Assuming you don’t have any books yet, let’s go looking for some. You can click the Kindle Store link at the top-right of the window to open the Kindle book storefront in your default browser.

However, since we’re looking for free books The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks If you're a voracious reader, buying ebook after ebook can burn a huge hole in your wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites offering free ebooks, and these are the best. Read More , you should visit the Cheap Reads for Kindle page first. Here, Amazon gathers the most popular free books in several categories. You’ll find classic reads that are out of copyright 35 Classic Novels You Can Read for Free on Your Kindle 35 Classic Novels You Can Read for Free on Your Kindle There's a treasure trove of free, out-of-copyright books available on Amazon.com to download to your Kindle right now. Here are our recommendations for classic novels you should be reading... Read More from authors like Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, but there are plenty of science fiction, romance, and thriller books on this page as well.

If you’d like to narrow your search, go ahead and select a category, like Computers & Technology, on the left-hand side of the Kindle books homepage. Scroll down past the featured best-sellers, and look for the Sort by: drop-down box a bit down the page.

Change it from Featured to Price: Low to High to show all free books in that genre first. We found some well-rated books on JavaScript, information security, and Java programming 7 Useful Tricks for Mastering a New Programming Language 7 Useful Tricks for Mastering a New Programming Language It's okay to be overwhelmed when you are learning to code. You'll probably forget things as quickly as you learn them. These tips can help you to better retain all that new information. Read More for free in our testing.

Once you’ve found a book that takes your fancy, click Buy now with 1-Click to claim it. If you have multiple devices, you can choose which one you’d like it sent to. No matter which one you pick, though, the book should show up in your Library on the Kindle app moments later. You can click the Refresh button next to Library to manually sync if the new book doesn’t show up.

Amazon notes that free books may vary in quality and Kindle formatting, so don’t surprised if the formatting looks a little off.

3. Read Your Books!

Double-click the new book in your Library to open it. The interface is similar to a PDF reader PDF Reader vs. Browser: Which PDF Viewer Is Best for You? PDF Reader vs. Browser: Which PDF Viewer Is Best for You? A PDF reader is often one of the first tools people install on their new computer. It's not glamorous or sexy, but it's a vital tool in your productivity arsenal. Or is it? Read More , with several shortcuts that help you customize your reading view. Use the left and right arrow keys to move between pages, and click the Full Screen button to maximize screen real estate for reading.

kindle-book-example

The Text Options button lets you adjust the font, font size, words per line, brightness, and color modes. If you prefer two-column reading, click the Columns button next to this. Go to is a shortcut tool that lets you instantly skip to any page. You can bookmark a page for later by clicking the Bookmark button in the top-right.

A couple of extra features round off the Kindle app’s bag of tricks. On the left sidebar, you’ll find buttons for Table of Contents, Search, Notebook, and Flashcards. The Notebook holds your bookmarks, and you can even create some flash cards 6 Flash Card Apps for Android, Compared: Which Is the Best? 6 Flash Card Apps for Android, Compared: Which Is the Best? Flashcards are an incredibly useful tool for studying, but they aren't always convenient to make and carry around; that's where your smartphone comes in. Read More from your bookmarks. You can also double-click any word to see its definition 5 Handy Dictionary Extensions for Quick Word Lookups 5 Handy Dictionary Extensions for Quick Word Lookups What do you do when you are reading an article and would like more information on a word? There's nothing more convenient than using a browser extension for quick word look-ups. Read More , color-code it for later, or add a note to it.

Do You Like Reading on Your PC?

Within just a few minutes, anyone can start enjoying free books on their computer. While you probably won’t find your favorite books in the free section, there’s a chance you’ll dig up a hidden treasure. If you’re never read books digitally before, this is a risk-free way to give it a shot. It doesn’t paint a perfect picture of the Kindle experience, however. There are pros and cons to using the app on your phone Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Just about everyone owns an e-reader these days -- and most people own Kindles. But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app? Let's find out... Read More or computer, so bigtime readers will probably prefer a real Kindle.

Now that you have access to the Kindle ecosystem, check out how to find unlimited content for it How to Find Free Unlimited Content for Your Kindle How to Find Free Unlimited Content for Your Kindle Looking for more things to read on your Kindle? Here are all the websites, tools, and tips to fill your e-reader with high-quality free content that will keep you reading for hours Read More !

What do you think of reading books on your computer? Does using the Kindle app make you want to own a real Kindle? Please let us know what free books you’re reading through the Kindle app down in the comments!

Image Credit: Who is Danny via Shutterstock.com

Originally written by Karl L. Gechlik on November 11, 2009

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Aia
    August 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Thank you very much for this guide. It helped me and my friends a lot.

  2. Nilesh Parakh
    April 3, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Please tell the site with free kindle ebooks.

  3. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    What should i do if i want to have the book really downloaded on my PC? Like a real file. I don't have kindle but another ebook. What should i do then?

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Search the synced books from this folder: ...Documents/My Kindle Content"

      All the downloaded books via Kindle for PC are saved here.

  4. cor
    March 7, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Thank You so much,
    I did it, got my book, now I can read on my desk top and my kindle
    thank you again.

  5. Mad
    February 20, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Nothing's happen after clicking orange button ??

    Just redirect to book page.

  6. Diane
    January 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    is there a site for free e books, that is offline. I have a tablet and when I am traveling and not close to wifi it does not work. Help

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

      I recommend finish the download of your books under Wifi connecting.

      Then, when not close to wifi you can read eBooks freely.

  7. k12
    December 29, 2014 at 5:21 am

    thanks for the info.
    no need credit card just email add to reg at amazon and use it on your kindle for pc.
    but the interface is different now though. no more drop down menu besides "shop in kindle store" or search.
    "sync and search for new items" seems to take too long to finish though

  8. Selevany
    December 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the comments lol I didn't try to download the app

  9. Maz
    December 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hello! Thanks for the article. When I downloaded the software (12/12/09) I didn't haft to put in a credit card #. All I did was enter my amazon account and voilà! Also, now they have lots more free books. Check it out, if you haven't already.

  10. Buffet
    November 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    If I'm not buying anything, what's up with insisting on a cc??

  11. Ketcapli Makarna
    November 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The installation process was easy. Thanks for the clear instructions. I had an Amazon account, and I've downloaded a free book successfully.

    Actually, the Kindle for PC is like a lightweight PDF reader. What I like is to be able to access Amazon Kindle store ebooks. And the Kindle is remembering the last location.

    But the program is still in early stages. If you go to http://www.amazon.com/KindleForPCComingSoon you'll see that highlights and notes are coming soon. These are the basic features but lacking in Kindle for PC.

  12. Pankaj Singh
    November 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks keshav. Your tip was really helpful. :) Nice to see doctors active on makeuseof. Am an Internist....:)

  13. bob jones
    November 12, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Check out Barnes & Noble's "Nook," to be available for purchase at the end of the month (www.nook.com). Assuming that it does what it says it does, it should blow Kindle out the water!

  14. KH
    November 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    "the Kindle for PC, with the Mac version on it’s way!"

    So having a PC automatically means you've got Microsoft Windows? And if you don't have a "PC" you have a Mac? How quaint.

    Elwood Blues: -"What kind of music do you usually have here?"
    Claire: -"Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western."

    • Raf
      February 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      And since when do marketers to a mass audience market to nix users? Use Wine or Parallels for the Windows or Mac conversion (parallels worked for me) and continue using whatever flavor of Linux makes your soul happy. :)

  15. Julian Knight
    November 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Why on Earth would I want to go to all that trouble just to get what should be copyright free books into a proprietary, locked, DRM'd, remotely-deletable format on a PC only when I can have all of these and tons more in open formats that I can read for the next several hundred years on many devices including portable ones like my nice, high-res smart phone?

    STRANGE!

  16. keshav
    November 11, 2009 at 11:04 am

    There are other sites to search free kindle books.

    One of the best is feedbooks:
    http://www.feedbooks.com has loads of free books which can be downloaded in kindle format. First download kindle for PC. After downloading the books from feedbooks in Kindle format, double click on the downloaded file to automatically open in Kindle reader. Kindle reader itself does not have open (ctrl+o) option.

    I hope I have added something.

    Dr Keshav Kulkarni, Radiologist

  17. Jon Gibbons
    November 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Went to Kindle on Amazon and "No Free Books" all books seem to be $2.30, forget that.

  18. Luiz Picanço
    November 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

    There is no free beer

  19. Pankaj Singh
    November 11, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I have an account on amazon.com. However i can't find any free books either. The cheapest, including Dickens', is 2.30.
    :(

  20. LH
    November 11, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I HAVE to give them access to a credit card? No thanks.
    Even the free books require you to click on a button that says 'buy it', No thanks.
    The whole process sounds intentionally confusing and kinda scammy.

  21. roger
    November 11, 2009 at 9:59 am

    i set up the kindle no problem however when i went to the kindle store there were no free books, the cheapest available (including the Dickens) were USD2.30.
    could my registering with an Amazon.co.uk rather than Amazon.com account be the cause?

    • Ketcapli Makarna
      November 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, amazon.co.uk may be the problem. Try this direct link

      • roger
        November 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

        i followed the link to Amazon.com you kindly provided and had the same problem, no free books, until, after a bit of experimentation, i found that if you search for books in the sub-department "Kindle Books" there are no freebies, but if you search for "Kindle Books" in the main department "Books" there they are.

  22. Duane
    November 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hate it, unless I did something wrong or until they fix one thing. Your book appears to be bound to that device. So if I've got the reader on my iPhone and my PC, I want to read it on both (I take the iPhone places I do not take the laptop). Can I do that?