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How to Read Kindle eBooks Without a Kindle

January 20, 2012
You can read e-books without an e-reader.

Many of you have taken advantage of the free Kindle ebooks I posted about this week and last. (A lot of you must be decluttering and simplifying too! FYI, at the time I’m writing this, all four books are still being offered for free or for 99 cents.)

As I was posting about those books, however, I was curious about how readers without a Kindle or other e-reader could take advantage of the free ebook downloads. That’s when a new reader named Nicole mentioned in a comment that she was reading the Kindle version of the book without a Kindle. I asked her about it and here’s what she wrote:

There are 2 options. One is that you can read it in Amazon Cloud, I am not sure how it works, but since this was $0.00, I figured that I had nothing to lose and just “bought” it, then found out that I could just read it online, in my web browser, on something called the Cloud.

The other option is to download Kindle for PC, a free download (I have a Mac, but found out that when I’d go to download Kindle for PC, it detected that I was on a Mac and offered me Kindle for Mac, which I believe is still in beta, but it worked for me, anyway.)

Thank you so much for that info, Nicole. I know that it will be helpful to someone.

A question for the rest of you: do you read e-books without e-reader? What method do you use?

  1. I have a third party e-reader (ie not a kindle, nook, etc), and have been able to download almost all of the reader specific apps, so that I can read Kindle books, Nook books, and lots of others.
    They make this available because even if you don’t buy their reader, they want you buying books from them (as that’s where the real money comes from).

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