Finally digital content that is easy to read
This is an impulse review so my opinion may change after awhile. I was thrilled when opening the Kindle book I bought to see how beautifully rendered the text was and the ease of navigating through it. I was about to dock a star since there was an image of a table on a page that was hard to read but found that double clicking the image brings up a larger easier-to-read version. I was weary of buying the book digitally since I did not have a great experience with purchasing magazines in a digital format in the past through other applications, not Kindle. For the magazines, I would have to zoom in on the text in order to read it and use the scrollbar to get across the whole page. The flaw with the magazine format was presenting the left and right pages at the same time so by default it was zoomed out to fit both pages on the screen at the same time thus making the text small and blurred. It was lacking a single page flip format like this Kindle app does for the digital book I bought. So far I’m impressed.
Functional but flawed
This is written in from the perspective of a 2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch. As far as I can tell the app works mostly as intended. The app hasn’t crashed on my yet and I’ve yet to have issues with any of the books I’ve opened. However I’ve noticed something mildly annoying about the highlighting system… So it seems like I’ve discovered a bug that happens when I use a mouse (Logitech Anywhere 2S Mouse) but functions perfectly fine if I use the trackpad. To elaborate in order to highlight something you hold your mouse down until the word is selected and in order to highlight a selection of text like a sentence or paragraph you just drag from the selected region to the end point. However, rather than having an event to finish the highlight when you let go of the mouse… it decides to only highlight within a time frame of about a second… Which means if I want to highlight a large selection of text I have to try and highlight as fast as I can and try to be accurate at the same time… It’s pretty annoying and hopefully will be fixed in future updates.
Not all the features of a Kindle, but pretty good
I have this app on both the Mac and iPad and while it doesn’t have 100% of the functionality of an actual Kindle, it does everything I need. I can open and read my books and documents without issue. The two features that are missing that I’d like are the useof foreign language dictionaries and the ability to have the app read books that are just text. Occasionally, I like to read French literature in French because, well, it’s usually better in French. My French is a little rusty, so I bought a French to English dictionary. On the Kindle, if there is a word I don’t know, I can just touch on that word and instantly get the definition from my French to English dictionary. It happens automatically. With the Kindle App, however, there’s a lot of hassle and the need to download a Google dictionary of some kind. The other thing I like about the original Kindle is the ability to have it read documents that are just text. Sure, the voice is a bit robotic but sometimes it’s very practical.
Poor quality for students using with an eTextbook.
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This review is for using kindle for textbooks. Yes it has highlighting/ notes and flashcards. What is seriously lacking is the ability to easily select material to highlight, make notes about and make flashcards. By this I mean that you highlight the beginning of the section you want, and by the time you have highlit down to the end of the paragraph, the highlight has dropped mid paragraph etc. This is very annoying to use as a study tool. The lack of text to speech is also just a blatant mistake. I find highlighting often also causes spontaneous zooming in or out, page flips, and moving the page around on screen. The basic keyboard selection tools you may be familiar with from word processing apps also is not present. This is very basic stuff like holding shift and clicking the end of the section to hightlight the whole. Why they would reinvent the wheel so poorly is up for debate. Im going to assume they put as little time possible in to making the advertised features actually work for the user. If you want this app to read game of thrones or fifty shades, it may be just fine however. Crappy for textbooks.
Appears broken and doesn’t make it obvious why
Downloaded this 1.12.1 version, have used in the past a couple years ago without any troubles that I recall. Wow. Books and recent purchases show up, but don’t sync. Right click and it says “Cancel download” but doesn’t show progress and have been online for hours and a single book hasn’t finished. Can’t drag books to organize them into the predefined groups. Right click add to collection only allows “New Collection”. Is this different from the categories on the right? If not, why isn’t the comic showing up as part of the built-in comic category? Is it because it’s not downloaded? Badly needs update to let the user know what’s going on. Also to fix the fact that it simply isn’t working as expected at least for a fresh install when you have existing purchases.
Excellent when it works. May require occasional re-installation
This is normally a fine reader for Kindle format and will take some other standard document types as well. I use this app on a MacBook Air.
Occasionally it becomes non-functional and has to be deleted and re-installed, which is what I have just done (v. 1.23.3). Since Apple keeps changing the way OSX actually works, this is reasonable, but it is unfortunate that there is no error trapping in the program. When it becomes non-functional it bounces on the dock for a while and then does nothing. Since there are other things that can prevent a window from opening, it is easy to waste time restarting and so on before realizing a re-installation is needed.
Once re-installed it functions correctly. I did not need to re-enter any data, so I suppose that was all stored in application support files.
One star off for this issue, and especially for the silent failure (no error message).
Getting content from your own files into your Kindle library is a little awkward but there is now a “send-to-Kindle” app that is worth installing as well.
This is a satisfactory way to manage a library across multiple devices. In fact I prefer the tablet for reading or browsing but it is certainly convenient to be able to acquire and read the same content on phone, laptop, and tablet.
Kindle gets worse each upgrade
Since loading the latest version, my kindle is no longer functional on my MAC. I literally have to click at least 15 times before I get a processing. Then several more before the processing runs its cycle and actually opens. The books now go through a ‘formatting’ before they will actually open. They used to just open. At first books purchased were no longer able to open. I got the delete and redownload message. Then the application would open after a very long opening process. All new purchases went directly to archive and display the download failed message. Then the application would partially load then crash. Now the application will open eventually. I have to manually download each book. The Kindle developers obviously never heard of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. They seriously need to test their app on multiple platforms before deploying.
I use Kindle almost on a daily bases. This new update was a total waste and unnecessary. I used to be able to click on the app and it would open up rather quickly. Now I have to click almost 20 times or more just to get some kind of response. The app doesn’t respond and I have to force quit each time and re-click it again in hopes of it eventually opening. It takes so long for it to finally even open that I am so close to deciding it isn’t worth my time, which I would hate because I have a couple thousand books in there but this is beyond ridiculous. I usually even prefer Kindle over iBooks, but this is just too much. If this does not get fixed I really think Kindle will become a thing of the past.
the actual worst
Took time out of studying to write this review (and actually my first review for anything) because I was so frustrated with this app. Downloaded it so I could access a text book for class and it’s actually the most annoying thing to deal with. If you click anywhere it will select a word and a box pops up with the definition and more options. You try to click out to make the box go away and it selects a different word and another box pops up defining that new word. Should have a “right click” option that gives you the option to define, highlight, and more instead of just popping up all of the time. When you actually try to highlight a phrase, it glitches and takes 10 tries to highligh the correct thing. I only have it for the one book so far, but it really doesn’t make me want to continue using it for other books.