Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kindle for PC

Those of us intrigued by Kindle or nook but unwilling to shell out enough money to try one can now sample part of the experience with Kindle on a PC. CNET notifies us that "Amazon debuts Kindle for PC," no doubt hoping that after trying it at home or on a notebook we will want to have the actual hardware:
Kindle book buyers can now read their books right from their PCs without having to buy a Kindle reader.

Amazon on Tuesday made available its new Kindle for PC, free software that lets Kindle customers read their e-books on tablet PCs, Netbooks, notebooks, and other personal computers.

The software can be downloaded from the Kindle for PC page. The quick installation sets up the reader application, prompting you to log in and register with your Amazon account or create a new one. After logging in, you can download books that you've already purchased at the Kindle store or click on a link to buy new ones.
Many books are available free of cost. One of them, I was surprised to discover, is The Dude Abides a recent book about the religious significance of the Coen brothers films. I've also downloaded free editions of several books in the public domain: some mysteries and the Personal Memoirs of US Grant, reputedly one of the best military memoirs ever written.

I may buy a Kindle some day, but in the meantime I look forward to taking advantage of this free offer.

Amazon debuts Kindle for PC | Digital Media - CNET News