Now, you can download Kindle for free on your PC. I downloaded the PC Kindle during the weekend, and have used it for a few hours since then. It’s a really cool thing to have, and I suggest you get it too. It’s free and as I stated earlier, a lot of good books on the Kindle are free too. The only thing to keep in mind is if you are outside US, then the free books will still cost you 2 dollars because Amazon charges a roaming fee for international downloads.
The PC Kindle will sync with the Kindle books that you already own, and will maintain your furthest read page; it also shows you annotations you made with other devices, but doesn’t allow you to create annotations on the PC.
It doesn’t let you read newspapers, magazines or blogs, and is currently restricted to just books.
Amazon says that future releases will include the following things:
- Ability to create notes and highlights
- Search feature
- Ability to rotate and zoom an image
The one thing I noticed about the PC Kindle was that it showed a percentage completed on the screen. I opened up Myth of the Rational Market, and it showed 42%, which meant that I had read 42% of the book. This feature is not present in the iPhone Kindle, and I think I am going to open up Kindle books on PC, just to see how far along I am. My other work around of computing percentage completed in my head for the iPhone Kindle is not working too well.
Amazon also states that they are going to release a Kindle for Mac and Blackberry soon, so that’s good news for Mac and Blackberry users too.