Are you really jealous of friends who have a Kindle? They are able to download and read completely free Amazon Kindle eBooks on their fancy devices. Well don’t feel left out laptop and net book users!
You can turn your portable computer or even your desktop computer into a full featured Kindle. It may not look like a Kindle but it can let you read, bookmark and annotate your eBooks.
Is it sounding too good to be true?
Well it’s not and it is here to stay! Why would Amazon want to limit their sales to only people who have shelled out the dough for a Kindle?
So with out further ado here it is in all it’s glory – the Kindle for PC, with the Mac version on it’s way!
Let’s take a look at how to download, install and start reading eBooks. Your Kindle for PC will also let you download and pay for books as well. But as we cover free software here we will focus on some free eBook downloading and reading.
I started by downloading the software from here. After the download is completed, run the installer and install the application. Then you will see a screen that looks like this:
You will need to give them a email account or your Amazon account’s email address to speed things along. And you will HAVE to have a credit card on the account. You will not need to buy anything but a credit card is required.
Fill in the required information:
Go ahead and click the register button. That will bring you to your Kindle home screen. On it in the upper right hand corner you will see this:
If you already have purchased or have books in your account they will show up here. If not, hit the shop in the Kindle store button next to the Menu button. From here you can buy or download free books. The ones on the home page are their best sellers and cost money!
But let’s search for some free books. Do you see the search box at the top? Go ahead and hit the go button:
That will return all the results in Kindle Land. Then when you have your search results lets sort them by price lowest to highest like so:
If you see something that catches your eye grab it. If not search for your favorite old world authors. I chose Charles Dickens as you can see below:
Then I went ahead and clicked on Oliver Twist, circa mid 1800’s. To download it click on the Buy now with 1 click orange button. It will deliver to your PC version of the Kindle by default. If you have other devices select the appropriate one.
Then you will see a thank you screen. Next go back to your Kindle screen and hit the sync and check for new items (F5) button as you can see below:
That will get the ball rolling”¦
Yeah! I have a book! Click on it to start reading”¦
The right and left buttons will turn your pages. And your other options are bookmark and note. Here is what the text looks like:
Hit the bookmark button to store a bookmark. To retrieve it hit the show notes and marks button:
You can add notes by dropping down that box to say notes and type away! Do you love it or hate it?
We would love to hear how you consume eBooks. Let us know in the comments!
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