Kindle for Android: Making Kindle Ownership That Much Sweeter

App Type: e-book reader
Price: Free
Get It: Yes if you like reading, definitely if you own a Kindle.

Hello, I’m known as CraftLass and I am a Droid accessory addict. I have the dock, a spare battery, an external charger, so many charging cables I can’t even figure out where one of them came from, and even a car charger despite the fact that I don’t own a car. I would have the car dock if I did, of course. I may get it anyway for when I rent cars or ride along on road trips, it’s pretty darn cool.

I got a Kindle for my birthday this past July. I already had downloaded Kindle for Android and liked it, even though I had only downloaded a couple of public domain books and samples to try it out. When I set up my Kindle those appeared in my “Archived Items” and I was already impressed. I downloaded my first e-book purchase and started reading. A few days later I was out with only my Droid and wanted something to read so I opened the Kindle app. It synced right up, I downloaded my new book, and next thing you know, I was reading the same page I’d been on. Just like that.

Kindle for Android homescreen

The homescreen for Kindle for Android showing the books I've downloaded to my Droid.

The tables have turned and the Droid has become an accessory to another device.

Now, I’m not madly in love with the app. I would really like more Kindle features, like highlighting, notes, and collections integrated into it and would pay for them, even. However, I don’t carry my Kindle unless I expect a wait or a longish train ride or something, so what matters most is I can read my books anytime, anywhere.

This it does admirably. I am particularly fond of the sepia tone for reading in bright light and black for dark reading. Sepia seems to reduce eye strain as compared to white. I do wish it had brightness adjusting like Aldiko (where you can slide along the right side of the screen to adjust it on the fly) as well but the adjustment bar is pretty nice and easy to access.
Kindle dogeared page

A page in a book in Kindle for Android in sepia tone at darkest brightness setting. Notice the dog-ear in the upper-right, it shows the page is bookmarked.

The best feature is the orientation lock, especially since I got Froyo and the screen flips to landscape in both directions. See, I’ve found that my Droid at lowest brightness in black tone is a lot dimmer than reading lights with the Kindle (or an actual paper book), so if I want to read in bed without waking my boyfriend it’s best to use the Droid while lying on my right side. If I don’t lock it into portrait the text is sideways to me.Reading is intuitive, just flick from left to right for the next page and right to left for the previous one. View options are accessed via the menu and include text size, color schemes, and brightness. The “Go To” menu option lets you go to various locations in the book, including typing in the numerical location. This is also where it’s nice to have a Kindle, you may not be able to add notes in Android but you can access the ones you have created.

Reading is intuitive, just flick from left to right for the next page and right to left for the previous one. View options are accessed via the menu and include text size, colors, and brightness. The “Go To” menu option lets you go to various locations in the book, including typing in the numerical location. You can also bookmark pages, navigate, search and sync via the menu while in a book. To highlight a section, just press and hold until a menu comes up then you can drag the highlight as far as you want and click “Highlight” to just highlight or “Note” to add a note to it. If you highlight just one word you can click “More” to search for the term in Wikipedia or find the definition. Being able to refer to your notes and highlights is especially handy when you’re in the middle of a heated discussion and want that quote you recently read that proves your point.
Kindle for Android page with highlight

A highlighted passage.

Kindle for Android notes and marks

All the highlights, notes, and bookmarks you have created are easily accessed.

Shopping is, of course, dangerously easy, just as it is on the Kindle itself. A click on the “Kindle Store” button in the menu on the homescreen will take you right to the Kindle mobile store where you can browse or search for what you want and buy it in just a few clicks. If you download a book through the app you just go into “Archived Items” on your Kindle and it will download and sync, it works exactly the same in both directions.

Kindle for Android on it’s own is a good reader that may someday be great but it’s strength is, obviously, access to Amazon’s immense selection of titles. For Kindle owners, though, it turns your Android phone into a full-on branch of your personal library that just happens to fit in your pocket. What could be cooler than that?

N.B.: I have to look into if this is okay or may hurt the battery lifespan, but I found that my Kindle charger works on my Droid and vice-versa. The cables also work fine as USBs for both. This could be very handy for traveling! If you know anything about the safety of doing this, please let us know in the comments.

Note from Renee: If you buy a Kindle, accessories, or eBooks using this link, a small portion of the sale will help support Women With Droids!

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