Read Kindle eBooks on PC, Mac, iPhone, or iPad

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You hear it almost everywhere — in news articles, blogs, from your next door neighbor. Buying digital books is easy, and you don’t even need a Kindle to read them. So you go ahead and buy your first eBook from Amazon. Now what?

If these sources didn’t happen to mention how to read an eBook, let me explain. Before opening your eBook, it’s a good idea to download the free Kindle reading app from the Amazon site.

Choose your app version depending on which computer (PC or Mac) you want to read your book on. When you open the app for the first time, register your user information. Once purchased, your eBook should then automatically appear in your Kindle library.

If you have an eBook already purchased and wish to read it on an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch), there’s a slightly different procedure, which goes like this:

1. Download the free Kindle reading app to your iOS device (through the App store)

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer (start iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically)

3. Click the device icon (just below the play button)

4. In the menu, on the left side of the page, click ‘Apps’

5. Scroll down the page using the scroll bar on the far right. Look for the ‘File Sharing’ section.

6. In the File Sharing Apps field, click on your Kindle reading app

7. In the Kindle Documents field, click ‘Add’ to browse your computer for your eBook file (alternatively, drag and drop your eBook file into the field).

8. Click ‘Apply’

9. Lastly, sync your iOS device and Kindle app. In the iTunes top menu, select File > Sync. Your book should now be in the library of your iOS device.

Tip: Kindle books are .mobi format. Other distributors such as iTunes and Smashwords use the ePub format, but that’s a story for another day.

If you want to open a Kindle eBook already on your PC or Mac computer, simply install the Kindle reading app as described above, and then double-click the book file wherever you’ve stored it. Your book should now open automatically in the reading app.

Hope you enjoy your book!