How do I read a Kindle book if I do not have a Kindle?

 

I often get  asked, How do I read a Kindle book, if I do not have a Kindle?

For the simplicity of this post, I am referring to any book in electronic format as an eBook. Secondly, I will focus on eBooks available on Amazon.com, in Kindle format (BookName.mobi), but there are several sites available where kindle formatted eBooks are can be downloaded, and prices vary from free to full retail. Sites such as: Goodreads, SmashWords, OffWorlders, Singularity, your local library, and all the large Publishing sites., etc.)  there are too many to list here.

Back to the question: There are several ways to accomplish this easy task. Kindle formatted eBooks can be read on any device that has a Kindle app installed or in some cases, the Kindle App is not needed if the device has web access to the Amazon Cloud Reader.

The Kindle App is free. However, you do need an Amazon account if you are purchasing the eBook from Amazon, but creating an Amazon account is free. If you have Amazon Prime, which I recommend if you purchase items often and wish to take advantage of perks like: Free, 2 day shipping on select items and one free Kindle book per month from a list of eBooks that appear under Amazon Prime. These are not usually first run releases, but there are more than enough good books under Amazon Prime to make this worth the annual fee.

ANDROID DEVICES:

Go to the Google Play store. Select the APP icon. Search for “Kindle.” Once installed, you are all set. Go to Amazon, select the Kindle book you want to purchase. After you select to download the book to your device, open the Kindle App and it will be there for you to read. Depending upon your device settings, sometimes there is a slight lag in the time it takes to download the Kindle book, so give it a little time.

APPLE DEVICE:

Go to the App Store icon and search for Kindle App, and download that. Go to Amazon, select the Kindle book you want to purchase. After you select to download the book to your device, open the Kindle App and it will be there for you to read. Depending upon your device settings, sometimes there is a slight lag in the time it takes to download the Kindle book, so give it a little time.

MICROSOFT WINDOWS:

Go to Amazon.com and search for, “Free kindle reading app” and download that. Go to Amazon, select the Kindle book you want to purchase. After you select to download the book to your device, open the Kindle App and it will be there for you to read. Depending upon your device settings, sometimes there is a slight lag in the time it takes to download the Kindle book, so give it a little time. (See ANY DEVICE WITH A BROWSER for an alternative method.)

ANY DEVICE WITH A BROWSER (mostly for windows laptops or PCs)

In your device browser, go to read.amazon.com and sign into the cloud reader (requires an amazon account). Any amazon eBooks you have purchased in the past will appear in your Kindle Cloud library and you can read any book in the cloud with the built in reader.

AmazonCLoudReader

Finally, always leave the author and your fellow readers a review. No go read.

Hope this helps.

 

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2 thoughts on “How do I read a Kindle book if I do not have a Kindle?

  1. Hi David. Great post. I often get that same question. It’s great that different devices allow you to load the app you need to read an eBook from a specific seller. When it really gets fun is when you want to read an eBook you have purchased with a different eBook reader other than the standard Nook or Kindle eReader. I read most of my eBooks on a Nook and I really like the FBReader app far better than the built-in nook eBook reader. The only way I have found (and correct me if there is a different way) to read a nook or a Kindle eBook with FBReader is to first install the kindle and nook apps on my PC, find the EPUB or MOBI files on my computer, and then copy them back to my Nook. Then I can point FBReader to the folder where I copied the files to and open them up and read them. This only works for files that do not have DRM. . . . Kinda a hassle but FBREader is sooo much better.

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