Because my novel Seed will be published exclusively as an ebook, the question will inevitably arise–“how am I supposed to read your book if I don’t have an e-reader?” Silly rabbit, you don’t need a Kindle to Kindle.
Many people are under the impression that to be able to buy and enjoy ebooks, you need to shell out a pretty penny for a fancy e-reader. Not true. Now, I do believe that you need an iPad or iPhone to read books from the iBookstore, but Amazon isn’t that, um… exclusive. Let’s just leave it at that.
Amazon allows you to read ebooks in a bevvy of different ways, from flipping e-pages on your android phone to reading them on your desktop or laptop computer–all without spending a penny on a Kindle device. Granted, the Kindle is awesome, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in exploring the world of ebooks.
Now, I hear you screaming over there–“I’ll never read books on an E-reader! I love that new book smell!” Honestly, that’s what I was screaming too… until I got my hands on a Kindle. Once I did, I was overtaken by an almost childlike fascination. If you’ve never played with a Kindle before, you don’t understand the awesome feeling of having nearly a million books at your disposal, all with the click of a button. Well, let me tell you, it’s pretty amazing. Not to mention that most of the books you buy in an e-format are half the price of those at a traditional bookstore. That, and you don’t have a five pound hardcover monster to lug around the airport.
But this blog post isn’t meant to be a Kindle sales pitch. This post is about the fact that if you don’t own a Kindle, you can still enjoy an Amazon ebook on your phone while waiting out a flight delay. I know I’m going to hear it (and I’ve already heard it) a billion times–“I guess I’ll just have to wait for the print version of your book to read it.” No, you don’t. If you have a computer (and you obviously do if you’re reading this post), you have just as much access to Kindle ebooks as anyone else.
Go to Amazon’s Kindle For PC app download page. This will install the Kindle for PC app onto your desktop or laptop. After you install the app, Amazon will ask you to sync the app with your existing Amazon account. This will allow you to buy ebooks on the Amazon website, and they’ll magically be transported to your Kindle for PC app on your computer.
The app is free. You have nothing to lose.
If you want the Kindle app on your android phone, simply go into your app marketplace and search for ‘Kindle’. Again, totally free, and it syncs up with your PC version, or your Kindle if you own one.
Yes, all your Kindle apps sync up together. They remember what page you were on in which book, so you can read virtually anywhere. It’s seamless, and again… even if you don’t own a Kindle, you have access to this pretty fantastic technology.
And if all of this sounds cool, you very well may want to invest in a Kindle. I’ll vouch for the fact that they’re awesome. You can buy a Kindle for $114 on Amazon. Once you get your hands on one, you won’t want to buy books any other way.