Review: Kindle For BlackBerry By Amazon, No Kindle Necessary

March 6, 2010 | By | 14 Comments

I couldn’t help but be thrilled over Kindle for BlackBerry. It was more of the idea it’s a standalone or integrated app, I didn’t have to invest in a Kindle. But also I could see many uses aside of just reading on it. Let me introduce you to Kindle for BlackBerry.

I was really interested in the idea of having Kindle for my BlackBerry without having the reader. Amazon has had the Kindle reader for a while now, and the iPhone has had the app available. Having it available for your BlackBerry is even better.

The description and details from Amazon are as follows:

Read Kindle on our BlackBerry

  • Get the best reading experience available on your BlackBerry. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Create bookmarks and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile device

Shop for books in the Kindle Store:

  • Search and browse more than 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • Find New York Times Best Sellers and new releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • Get free book samples – read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy
  • Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile device
  • Kindle newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not currently available for Kindle for BlackBerry
  • Kindle for BlackBerry is available to U.S. customers only

And future improvements will include:

  • Scrolling: In addition to page-by-page navigation, you will be able to scroll text line-by-line.
  • Create Notes and Highlights: Along with viewing the notes and highlights you created on other Kindle devices, you will be able to create and edit notes and highlights.
  • Search: You will be able to search within your book.

The Kindle for BlackBerry application is available and free for U.S. customers. To use the Kindle, all you need is a BlackBerry and an Amazon account so that you can add the Kindle account to it. I downloaded and installed this app on my BlackBerry Tour 9630 with 5.0. The app is a quick download, and once you sign into your Amazon account, if you have one, it keeps track of your books that you download. You can also go into your Amazon account and make sure your Kindle account has your information so you can purchase books. The books are also stored on Amazon so you don’t have to worry about space being taken on your BlackBerry.

This is the icon, with the classic Amazon symbol. Clicking on it opens your Kindle app.

I downloaded Bobby Flay’s cookbook to see how the Kindle works. I thought it would be nice to have a book I can read, enjoy, and take with me to the store and not have to take a list, and also to fix at home without having to grab a book. Now I’m going to show you the options available in the Kindle.

With bookmarks in hand, and the information available, we’re ready to start reading. So let’s go to the book.

The book starts just as if you’re reading. The cover and all pages are included.

This is how the fonts look. As you can see, very clear to read.

These are the options available while reading. It’s nice to be able to change the font and the screen, and have the keyboard shortcuts available.

Another great thing about the Kindle app and your book. This is the Table of Contents. What’s so great about it? If you click on one of those links, it takes you straight to the chapter so you don’t have to sort through it all unless you want to.

When you exit the book, it will remember the last page you were on. It saves it for you to start the next time you open it.

I bookmarked, read through the chapters, I found the shortcuts to work well. Now I thought I’d show you how easy it is how to go through books and order one, as well as how the prices go, and believe it or not, many books are free, and some go on sale! You have access to great books at great prices.

Let’s begin. Let’s shop the Kindle Store.

Browsing by Category brings up several categories, here’s a few screen shots to give you an idea.

The numbers next to the category are how many books are in each category. There are several to choose from. Let’s look at the New York Best Sellers.

Here is a look at the Kindle Top Sellers.

Here’s a peak at New and Noteworthy Books.

Here’s a shot of the lowest pricing available.

And here’s a shot of a popular book/movie.

I have the chance to try a sample, or just to buy, but I want to read a description and see reviews.

And let’s read the full description.

Now if your information is in Amazon for your Kindle account, you can take advantage of the One Click easily. Books take a few to download. So let’s purchase one so you can see how fast it is.

This is using the One Click purchase.

The process took about a minute, although Bobby Flay’s took about a minute and a half to two minutes with all the pages it had.

And now we can go back to see the books that I have.

So there you have it, easy to shop. It’s possible that you don’t have to even purchase a book with all the free selections. Classics are in there and many are free. I love how easy it is to read, that it remembers the last page you were on so that you can read the book as you go, not having to worry about restarting.

Here’s something else I was able to deal with too. I had to change phones. I transferred the app using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, however when I went to read Bobby Flay, I couldn’t open the book. I had to delete the book off my micro SD card, and the files, delete the app, then reinstall and sign in, and my book downloaded and was ready to read.

I found the app easy to use, fonts are great, and while it’s not totally perfect yet, I have to admit that it’s appealing because it’s cheaper than a Kindle, it’s another reason for me to justify my phone and give it another use, and I have access to thousands of books.

CONS: When changing phones, you must reinstall. The book would definitely look nicer on a Storm with a full screen for those who have trouble seeing smaller print, but I had no issues with my Tour.

PROS: Access to thousands of books, easy to install, books download quickly, no need for a Kindle, but if you have one you can synchronize on all devices. The app downloads the book in it’s entirety. You have the links in Contents to take you to the actual chapter. Fonts are easily changed though the default is the easiest to read without reading line by line. Pictures are included. You can use your Amazon account and purchase new books quickly. Access to several free books as well. Purchase the newest books as well including the New York Best Sellers. And it’s free.

I love this app, you can read your books anywhere you are. No more going to the nearest store, bring the store to you. Don’t wait for shipping, get it now. And the app is free, what reason do you have to wait? I did try a different ebook reader, and compared to the Kindle, it drove me crazy because scrolling was horrible. The Kindle is easy to scroll through and pressing the spacebar goes to the next page. Bookmarking is easy. Try it for yourself. And do me a favor and please share what you think of it. I want to know if you like it or not and why. Please share.

Grab your FREE copy of Kindle for BlackBerry from Amazon here

Compatible with BlackBerry Devices: 85xx Curve2 series, 8900 Curve, 9000 Bold, 95xx Storm series, 96xx Tour series, 9700 Bold

[Rating: 4.7/5]

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  • DavidB

    Nice review.

    I’ve been running Kindle since it launched on my Storm. BEST reading experience of any app I’ve ever had in 8+ years with a BlackBerry.

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  • BluePlate

    For the sake of Kindle owners I’m glad that Amazon released this app, but since Barnes and Noble has had a free berry/iphone/pc/mac ereader app available for a long time now (so that you don’t have to be a nook owner to read B&N ebooks), I kind of feel like Amazon is paying catch-up here.

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