Kindle

A digital device for reading e-books in a traditional format

4.0

108 Votes

Amazon’s Kindle App for Android is the perfect way to read books, magazines, comics and news – all for free!

You don’t need Amazon devices to use the Kindle app, but you do need books! Don’t have anything to read? No problem! Amazon offers access to thousands of free classics for you to read and enjoy.

If you want to buy there are millions of books are at your fingertips, and you can always keep your books and audiobooks synced across all of your devices.

One of the things we most love about the Kindle app is the instant access to dictionaries, Wikipedia and Google to find out more information and enjoy a deeper level of immersion.

One small complaint we’ve seen in many reviews is the fact that ads are sometimes displayed while reading – however, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a free app!

All in all even with some light advertising you just can’t find a better cross-platform reading app for Android that does what Kindle can.

Pros

  • Read Free Books and Explore New Favorites Kindle isn’t just a place to buy books on Amazon – it’s also a way to explore great literary classics and new novels for free!
  • Your Library in Your Pocket Take all of your books with you wherever you go; you can even sync all of your devices so you can pick right back up where you last left off.
  • Instantly Access Dictionaries, Wikipedia and Google Sometimes you want to know more about the history of a word or find out more, and now you can!

Cons

  • Ad-Supported This is an ad-supported app, so you may see ads even while reading a book.

7.7: In-book search improvements, including the ability to search for X-Ray terms in thousands of eligible textbooks directly from the search window.

Tip: If you happen to encounter a blank screen during login or while loading the Kindle Store, please be sure to update the 'Android System WebView' app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.webview . Alternatively, search for “Android System WebView” on the Google Play App Store and update that app

Potentially dangerous permissions

  • GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
  • READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
  • BROADCAST_STICKY: Allows an application to broadcast sticky intents. These are broadcasts whose data is held by the system after being finished, so that clients can quickly retrieve that data without having to wait for the next broadcast.
  • GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • WRITE_SETTINGS: Allows an application to read or write the system settings.
  • amazon.permission.COLLECT_METRICS
  • android.permission.ACCESS_DOWNLOAD_MANAGER
  • android.permission.AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
  • android.permission.INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS
  • android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.MANAGE_USERS
  • android.permission.SEND_DOWNLOAD_COMPLETED_INTENTS
  • android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS
  • com.amazon.CONTENT_PROVIDER_ACCESS
  • com.amazon.STORE_ACCESS
  • com.amazon.android.permission.ACCESS_DOWNLOAD_MANAGER
  • com.amazon.android.permission.ACCESS_DOWNLOAD_MANAGER_ADVANCED
  • com.amazon.android.permission.DOWNLOAD_WITHOUT_NOTIFICATION
  • com.amazon.appmanager.preload.permission.READ_PRELOAD_DEVICE_INFO_PROVIDER
  • com.amazon.dcp.config.permission.DYN_CONFIG_VALUES_UPDATED
  • com.amazon.dcp.messaging.permission.HANDLE_DEVICE_MESSAGE
  • com.amazon.dcp.metrics.permission.METRICS_PERMISSION
  • com.amazon.dcp.settings.permission.READ_SETTINGS
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.AMAZON_ACCOUNT_PROPERTY
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.AmazonAccountPropertyService.property.changed
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.CUSTOMER_ATTRIBUTE_SERVICE
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.EXPIRE_ACCESS_TOKEN
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.MANAGE_COR_PFM
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.USE_DEVICE_CREDENTIALS
  • com.amazon.dcp.sso.permission.account.changed
  • com.amazon.identity.auth.device.perm.AUTH_SDK
  • com.amazon.identity.permission.CALL_AMAZON_DEVICE_INFORMATION_PROVIDER
  • com.amazon.identity.permission.CAN_CALL_MAP_INFORMATION_PROVIDER
  • com.amazon.identity.permission.GENERIC_IPC
  • com.amazon.kindle.cms.CMS_ACCESS
  • com.amazon.kindle.cms.CMS_CALLBACK_ACCESS
  • com.amazon.kindle.otter.settings.RECEIVE_GOODREADS_UNLINK
  • com.amazon.kindle.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
  • com.amazon.kindle.socialsharing.PERMISSION_SHARE
  • com.amazon.permission.FORCE_AUTH_ACCT
  • com.audible.hushpuppy.tablet.permission.COMPANION_MAPPING
  • com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
  • com.lab126.downloads.DOWNLOAD_CALLBACK_SVC
  • com.lab126.downloads.DOWNLOAD_SVC_CLIENT_CONNECT
  • com.samsung.android.providers.context.permission.WRITE_USE_APP_FEATURE_SURVEY
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