Why Buy A Kindle When You Can Use The Kindle App For Android?

Angela Randall 05-10-2012

kindle app for androidThere are many people who aren’t keen to buy a Kindle or similar e-book reader simply because they already have a similar multi-purpose device like a tablet or smartphone. You might be one of these people – and I agree that this attitude completely makes sense. Why carry around a Kindle when your phone can do a great job of letting you read eBooks?


There are several great eBook applications for Android, but today we’ll take a closer look at the Kindle’s nearest counterpart: The Kindle App for Android.

Reading Material On Kindle App For Android

The Kindle application for Android is not just for books. You can also read magazines and newspapers via this app, which means it can easily become the go-to app for your reading entertainment on your Android device. Before purchasing a book, it’s possible to read the first chapter for free as a sample to see if you’re going to like it.

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As well as purchasing books, magazines and newspapers, there is a lot of free content available through the Kindle store. Mostly this consists of public domain works, such as classics which were released a long time ago and are now out of copyright. If you’re purchasing books, it’s easy to browse popular lists, such as the New York Times Bestsellers list.

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It’s also possible to borrow books from your local library Where Can I Borrow eBooks From? If you have an e-reader, you will know how convenient eBooks are. I have a Kindle and I love it. It makes reading anywhere a breeze and I read a lot more too. However, the... Read More or friends How To Loan Your Kindle E-Books To Other Amazon Members Read More and read them in your Kindle app. This is a great way to read books without spending a fortune!

Useful Tools Within The Kindle App

The Android Kindle app allows you to set the screen brightness, preferred screen orientation (landscape or portrait), font size and background colour. With these options you can set your reading environment to be just right for you.

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With the Kindle app, it’s possible to use the built-in dictionary to look up words as you’re reading. You can also use Google or Wikipedia to research a topic further. All you need to do is tap and hold a word to see the options available to you.

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If you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app for another device, such as your PC, you’ll love the fact that Kindle app syncs your reading across devices. This means you can read books on your phone while you commute, then you can sit back at your PC and continue reading where you left off. The app will sync bookmarks, furthest point read, highlights and notes. There are Kindle apps available for Android, PC, Mac, iOS devices, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry. Of course, you can also sync with Kindles themselves.

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More eBook Reading Options

There are quite a few other notable eBook reading apps for Android, such as Aldiko Book Reader, Kobo and Google Play Books. They all have strengths and weaknesses, the most important of which I’d say involve whether the app offers a choice of eBook formats and the user is able to manually add books to the device and app, rather than going through a store. One downside to the Kindle App for Android that’s worth mentioning is that it is a very large app (the size varies on devices, but is roughly 14 MB). Despite all this, there are some great features in the Kindle app for Android and it’s worth giving it a go.

Do you have a dedicated eBook reader device or do you read books using apps on your smartphone or tablet? If you use an app, which one do you use?

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  1. carey grayson
    December 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I've used Kindle app on my android phone for years and have had no issues. It is easy to use and very versatile and a breeze to read. The only complaint is the small screen size of my phone, so I thought I would try a Kindle Paperwhite. Guess what? I freakin' hate it. It's clunky and slow and not at all what I expected. There is no smooth scrolling between pages, just an ugly, pixelated dissolve that transitions between pages. The user interface is also a piece of crap compared to my android. Besides the larger screen, I don't get the appeal.

  2. Jan MIshkin
    January 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I have found many books that I've bought on Amazon for the Kindle App do not allow me to bookmark a page. I use to have a real Kindle and never had this problem. Are there different formats for creating an eBook that may be preventing full functionality?
    Also, I have found that the App doesn't allow me to maneuver to say the Table of Contents and then back to where I was last reading?
    Has anyone else had such problems?

  3. Mitul
    October 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Kindle app is really awesome .. i just downloaded it.

  4. Sean de Bourcier
    October 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I have tried the kindle app for my HTC One X , and whilst I found it good, I have settled on Aldiko reader. It's free, and has excellent access to free and paid books via its store. I also love the customisation options, such as day/night modes, font size and margin adjustments.

  5. Doc
    October 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I have a Cruz T301 Android tablet, and use Moon+ Reader Free to read my (DRM-free) ePub files. Supports a custom fonts folder, has lots of customizability; the only thing I'd add is the ability to do smart hyphenation & justified paragraphs at the same time.

  6. Chris Hoffman
    October 8, 2012 at 3:43 am

    The answer is e-ink, silly! Huge difference. I can't stand reading on LCD screens but I love my e-ink Kindle.

    However, if the question is "Why Buy a Kindle Fire When You Can Use the Kindle App on Your Nexus 7?", I agree.

  7. Ravuama Nayago
    October 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    installed and using Kindle on Android tablet...its great

  8. Arron Walker
    October 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I asked my mum this, and it's quite a simple reason; the screen. My mums kindle has a screen that can easily be read outside in the sun, tablets and laptops have reflective screens which appear dark in such conditions.

    Still wouldn't get one myself, but there is a market for them.

  9. Nagendra kumar Gummapu
    October 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    is it available for blackberry???

    • April Eum
      October 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

      i suggest it's time to upgrade :D

  10. Richard Borkovec
    October 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I use the Kindle, Aldiko, and Google Play Books so I know I always have something to read the different types of ebook files. To me, I'd rather get a Nexus and put the Kindle App and Amazon App Store on it than buy a Kindle Fire HD.

  11. kelly
    October 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    i've often wondered this very thing!

    the kindle has only recently become available in nz, and nz customers are limited to nz/uk books & prices, whereas w/my kindle app, i can browse the entire usa shop & pay usa prices. i'm a "real" book advocate, but the kindle app allows this ex-pat to get in a lot more reading than i've been financially allowed since moving here.

    usa folks may be interested in knowing that a *paperback* book in nz costs appx $27. we rarely get hardbacks; new books come oversized-paperback style, and cost around $40. i don't recall the kindle costs for books, except that it was substantially more than than usa prices. do i use my kindle app? you betcha! i sync it across 3 android devices (mobile, tablet, laptop).

    i'll also point out that the other big player in internet bookselling, B&Ns nook app, doesn't allow non-usa-residing customers to purchase books when outside the usa. yes, that *does* mean you have to be physically *in* the united states to purchase anything. once purchased, you can read anywhere (uh huh). B&N, just so you know, that's why my buying with you has dropped substantially in the last year.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Region restrictions drive me nuts, too. It's like they don't actually want our money.

  12. gpvprasad
    October 6, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I already installed it.

  13. DB
    October 6, 2012 at 2:57 am

    interesting, loading it onto my rooted nook running cy7

  14. Anonymous
    October 6, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Have a Kindle but don't use it, It has an area of damage in the top left corner of the screen so it is no longer possible to use as I prefer. Currently use kindle app on a net-book but I don't like that either, I prefer a portrait format so I will be using on a tablet soon.

  15. John Wohlscheid
    October 6, 2012 at 1:37 am

    The Kindle app for iOS is my favorite app for my iPod. I've bought quite a few public domain books. I've also used it quite often to save web articles for later. You're better off getting an android device and using the Kindle app than buy a Kindle. You'll have more freedom to do non-reading stuff, like playing games.

  16. Lan Pham
    October 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Really? You are comparing this to Kindle? It's not about the software. It's not about the interface. This is about the whole device. Any tablet, any computer, any other device with a regular screen is not an e-paper. And there is no device that could be used whole month without recharging ;)

    • jeff
      October 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm


    • Angela Alcorn
      November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Okay, the recharging point is really valid. But, I really appreciate the backlight on my Android so I can read in bed without waking the hubby up. :)

    • Daniel Mattsson-Boze
      June 20, 2017 at 4:20 am

      The other thing about the Kindle is that it can read any Kindle book to you without having to buy the audio version of the book. This is not available, as far as I can tell, in the Kindle app for Android.

  17. Kavita
    October 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    so true...saved a lot just now...

  18. Joel Lee
    October 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I only use Kindle when I can't find .epub versions of the books I want to read. Kindle app isn't that great, but it's not bad, either. It does its job and that's all I really care about. Syncing with my Amazon account is convenient, though.

    I've never used a real Kindle to compare, so there's that.

  19. Anonymous
    October 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I have questions:
    -What is the best screen size for book reading? I'm about to buy a 4 inch Android smartphone. Do I still need to buy a Kobo Mini (5 inches)

    -The other issue is the battery life. I'm the kind of guy that spends the whole day reading emails and using applications, so would a smartphone be able to support my activities all day long + book reading at night.

    • Joel Lee
      October 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      I spent 2-3 hours reading on my phone that had < 10% battery life and it still wasn't drained out. Most ebook reading apps won't be too taxing on battery. Also, my phone is a Samsung Captivate (4" size, 480x800 resolution) and I can read just fine. My ebook reading apps (FBReader and Kindle) both allow font size changes, so you could probably tweak it around. It's up to your personal preference: can you handle reading on a hand-sized device? If you can't handle a 4", I don't think 5" will be much better, so if you can't do 4" then you're better off with a tablet, I think.

    • mcsey
      October 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Put simply, no Joel. If you want to read a lot from your device, $69 for a Kindle is the best deal going. I read several hours a day off my Kindle and I have to plug it in for an hour or two once a week. e-ink beats all for reading from a device.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      This is something you're never really going to know until you try it. Can you borrow a smartphone or a Kobo off someone to try them out?