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Kindle app for iPhone

So, I got an iPhone to replace the mobile I currently have, which is a decrepit, chipped flip phone.  I chose an iPhone because I wanted to see how my story looked on it from Apple’s iBookstore.  I also had a vague idea of maybe using it if I ever get on Twitter (not likely but who knows?).  I discovered I use it pretty much like I did my old phone with a few exceptions.

The Kindle app is one of those.

It’s very much like the Kindle app for PC (link goes to my review of that), except it seems you can’t go to the Kindle Store through it;  it only lets you sync with the books you already have in your library.  Also, as opposed to the app for PC which allows you to have different collections, the app for the iPhone only allows you to sort by recent, title, or author.  Oh, and it won’t let you put a book into columns if you so desire, but I haven’t found a use for that feature yet so it doesn’t matter to me.

It does have an interesting feature where you can “dogear” a page.  I’m guessing it’s similar to the “Go to location” in the PC app, but it’s one of those features I haven’t tried.  I haven’t seen a use for it yet.  Then again, I never dogeared an actual page in a real book either.  I figured if I couldn’t find it without marking it, it wasn’t that important anyway.  If I really had to get back to that exact spot quickly (like for a lesson or a speech), I’d put a small bit of paper there for a bookmark.

To finish up my topic, what I love best about reading on my iPhone is using the screen to turn pages.  Swiping the screen with my finger to get to the next page feels more like reading than clicking a mouse.  I still miss the scent and texture of paper, not to mention the weight, but using the app is a good compromise.

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4 thoughts on “Kindle app for iPhone

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  2. I downloaded the Kindle app just to see what it was all about. I have read a little bit on it but found the screen of my phone more difficult to read than my Kindle so haven’t used it much. I can see the appeal as another option if you’re out so good luck with it.

    1. Thanks. I’ve never used a Kindle, so I can’t compare it to the actual device. It’s good to know the Kindle offers a better experience. I’ll keep that in mind if I get a chance to buy one.

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