How to Read a Kindle Book on a Mac

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One of the advantages to Amazon.com's Kindle ebooks is that you do not need the Kindle reader to buy or read them. Amazon offers free reader applications for Windows PCs, iPhones, Windows-based phones and Macintosh computers. With the Kindle for Macintosh application, you can download any Kindle ebooks you purchased from Amazon, even if you have a copy on your Kindle reader. To get the Kindle reader, you only need to download it, register it and download or purchase ebooks.

Install Kindle App

  • Go to the Free Kindle Reading Apps page on Amazon.com (see Resources).

  • Click the "Mac" link.

  • Verify that your system meets the requirements and click the "Download now" button. This opens the "Install Instructions" page and a download dialog box.

  • Click "Save" on the dialog box. This starts the download.

  • Double-click the Kindle for Mac.dmg file. This opens the Installation window.

  • Drag the "Kindle" icon in the window to the "Applications" folder shortcut in the installation window. This copies the application files to your computer.

Register Your Kindle application

  • Double-click the Kindle application in your Applications folder.

  • Click the "Open" button to confirm you want to open the application. You get this confirmation window only the first time you open the application. The Register Now to Get Started window opens.

  • Enter your Amazon.com account email address and password when prompted.

  • Click the "Register" button.

Add Kindle Books You Own

  • Open the Kindle app on your Mac.

  • Click the "Archived Items" button. This opens a list of purchased ebooks linked to your account.

  • Double-click on an ebook to download it to your Mac.

Buy New Kindle eBooks

  • Open the Kindle application.

  • Click the "Shop in Kindle Store" button. This opens your Web browser to the Kindle eBooks store.

  • Select a Kindle book you want to purchase.

  • Select your Mac from the "Deliver To:" drop-down menu on the right side of the page.

  • Click the "Buy now with 1-click" button. This opens a confirmation page. Your new ebook downloads to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have an ebook on your Kindle reader and your Macintosh, you can sync your ebook so you don't lose your place between devices. Sync your ebook on the Kindle first, then click the "Sync to furthest page read" button in the Kindle application to advance to the position you were at on your Kindle.

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