Using the Kindle App on Android Tablets

August 11, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If there is one thing that people love to do, it is read. Whether your favorite reading material is a non-fiction account of history, an action adventure thriller or just the low-quality red-top celebrity gossip rags, there is something pretty amazing about communication via the written word.

This is something that has been at the heart of Amazon since it launched. The online retailer may have spread its wings into electronics and clothes but at heart it is all about the books – hence the release of the Kindle e-reader device and the various apps for mobile platforms such as Windows Phone and Android.

While mobile phones are suitable alternatives for a Kindle device, however, the best way to enjoy this service is on a tablet computer. Android tablets in particular feature a strong and functional Kindle app which is available free from the Market, and this can be used to read any books or periodicals that you purchase from the Kindle store, as well as the free, out-of-copyright classic literature publications.

Using the Kindle App on Android Tablets

Getting Started with Kindle for Android

The Kindle app is available from the Android Market and can be downloaded free. Once installed, you will need to launch the app and sign in with your Amazon account; if you don’t already have one, you can use the Register button to resolve this – note that an Internet connection is required for setting up and purchasing books with the Kindle app.

Once signed in, you will have access to the best e-reader software available, along with a handful of default titles that are regularly taught in schools. Of course, you don’t have to read these, but if you choose to you can – simply tap the cover to get started.

With the book open, you simply tap the right-side margin or swipe your finger across the screen from right to left to move onto the next page; to bookmark a page, tap in the top-right corner.

If you are using the Kindle Reader app on an Android Honeycomb device, you might notice that the standard menu is obscured. Don’t worry about this, however – simply tap the bottom of the screen to bring the menu and notification bar back into view.

Purchasing and Download Books and Periodicals

You might be more interested in using Kindle to enjoy various current books and periodicals, and this is very easily set up via the Kindle Store button, which will launch your default browser.

Here, a list of the most popular e-book categories will be displayed alongside magazines and other periodicals which can be delivered wirelessly to your device; for instance, you might purchase a month of newspapers for under $10 rather than the usual much higher amount for buying them on a daily basis.

To purchase and download a title to your Kindle, first make sure you are signed in and then use the Amazon search function to find the title you’re looking for. Look out for reviews and ratings of the item, just as you would with a standard Amazon purchase.

When you’ve found the publication that you want to read, use the Buy Now or Subscribe Now option, (don’t forget to choose the device you wish to send the book or magazine wirelessly to, a useful option if you have Kindle on other devices) and then confirm payment and wait for the download to appear on your Android tablet!

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