Kindle app available for Windows 8

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Hopefully this must be my first of many Windows 8 news posts, today the Kindle app for Windows 8 has been released. It look a bit of digging to find it in the app store ,I had to select the Kobo app then change the filter to show app book apps but I am sure it will get propagated around the store over time.

Once installed you sign in with your Amazon account and all your books are listed under the Cloud view and then if you start reading a book it automatically downloads the whole book. The books are synced up with Whispersync and you can add bookmarks and notes to the books. One nice feature is that you can pin your book to the start screen for easy access which will be great on a tablet.  I imagine it works really well on a tablet, it works well with a mouse but I could workout how to change pages with via the Keyboard.

Overall it looks like Amazon did a good job showing off what a Metro app can do.

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About the author Ian Dixon:
Founder of The Digital Lifestyle.com and host of The Digital Lifestyle Show. Started podcasting in 2005, Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP. Lover of gadgets from the Raspberry Pi to the iPad, Android to Windows 8. Also a massive motor racing fan
  • http://blog.dereklakin.com Derek Lakin
    Even with your kobo category “hack” it’s still not showing up for me :( I really hope this isn’t because I’m using a UK Live ID!
    • http://thedigitallifestyle.com Ian Dixon
      I have a UK live ID so that is not the problem. I couldn’t get it to download on any of my other machines, so maybe its been pulled
  • Neil Hewitt
    Nope, it’s there – you just don’t get offered it if your location is UK. Change your location and system language to US English, make sure the Store process is killed (not suspended) and then go search the Store for Kindle – it should show up. Install it and then switch back to UK English. It picks up all the stuff from my amazon.co.uk account. Looks like Amazon chose to restrict it to the US market for now. This territory-based mindset is the thing that’s really holding digital media back. An antiquated notion in the days of a global internet. Sigh.
    • sc_d1e41282929f0b53440d05dd6079843a
      Thanks Neil. I got their in the end the same way that you described. Shame that they decided to be so narrow-minded with their release, especially as the “store” part only launches the browser to their US site :(

      Hopefully they’ll improve it in time.