Kindle App for the Ipad

By: Mel Joelle

When the iPad launched, it immediately became an indirect competitor to Amazon’s own Kindle. While the two devices have very different purposes, the iPad featured its own iBooks store to turn the tablet into a reader. With the release of the iPad, Amazon’s released a Kindle app that was compatible with the iPad.

The app itself functions largely in the same way that the Kindle reader does, which is not something everyone is familiar with. In short, the Kindle allows users to browse a massive library of books, some free and some paid, and instantly access them. Users can build a personal library, and it comes at a significantly lower cost than purchasing hard copies of every book. So, the Kindle app was naturally met with a lot of enthusiasm by readers wanting a solution for their reading needs without buying a Kindle. However, as with any app, the Kindle app has its fair share of benefits and drawbacks.

The biggest benefit of having access to the Kindle store on the iPad is, of course, the large selection of titles available. The Kindle app also allows users to access their library between multiple devices. This means that if a person purchases a Kindle title on their iPad, he or she can also access it on their smartphone or computer. Thanks to this functionality, users can keep their reading library with them even when all of their devices aren’t.

One of the biggest selling points of the Kindle is its e-ink screen. The screen is easier on the eyes than a typical LCD screen, as it simulates an ink on paper look. This type of screen is more suited for reading for long periods of time. Obviously, the Kindle app can’t change the iPad’s screen. However, it does have an option to reverse the way the text is display: If the black on white text becomes irritating to a users eyes, they can switch the color of the text to something more appeasing, such as white on black or black on a parchment color.

There are drawbacks to the Kindle app, though. It has shortcomings with how navigating through the titles available for it. There is no in-text search available for the Kindle app, making it difficult to navigate to a specific page or passage. There is also no dictionary included with the app. The app also doesn’t feature periodical subscriptions. These limitations are easily overlooked for the most part, though.

Overall, the Kindle app for iPad attempts to turn turn the iPad into a Kindle, but doesn’t provide as full of an experience. Having access to the Kindle library and the features of the Kindle is a huge plus for iPad owners. And, the app is free, so there’s really no reason for someone not to get it if they have any interest in reading on their iPad. It provides a lot of the same benefits, and having access to the large Kindle library is quite convenient. Still, for iPad owners who don’t want a Kindle, the Kindle app is a terrific option.

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