Can an iPad Read Kindle Books?

And how do I buy Kindle Books on the iPad?

The iPad makes an awesome e-reader, not just for the Kindle books you've bought from Amazon, but also for other e-book vendors, too — including Apple Books. The newest iPads have an improved anti-glare screen and the Night Shift feature limits the blue light in the iPad's color spectrum during the evening.

The newest iPad Pro models sport a True Tone display that shifts the color spectrum based on the ambient lighting. This mimics how objects in the "real world" look a little different under natural light versus artificial light.

How Do I Read My Kindle Books on the iPad?

Download the free Kindle reader from the App Store. The Kindle app is compatible with both Kindle books and Audio Companions, but not with Audible books. The app also supports the Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Use the Amazon Cloud Reader if you don't want to download the Kindle app.

After you download the Kindle app, log into your Amazon account to download the books in your library. After you have connected the Kindle app to your account, you are ready to start reading. 

Child listening to Harry Potter on an iPad
Lifewire / Julie Bang 

The app is divided into five tabs that are accessed using the buttons at the bottom of the screen:

  • Library: This section reveals your entire Kindle library. Books that you have downloaded will show up with a checkmark in the bottom right corner. You must download a book to read it, but after you've downloaded it, you can read it online or offline.
  • Community: This tab gives you access to Goodreads, which is a social network for book lovers. Goodreads is a great place to share your bookcase with other friends or avid readers, and it is also a great place to discover new books.
  • Your current book: The book you are currently reading will show up in the middle of the tab buttons.
  • Discover: Amazon uses your reading habits to pair you with similar books. While you cannot buy books directly from the Amazon app, you can put them on your wishlist, which makes them easier to find when you go to Amazon.com directly.
  • More: If you need to change your settings or sign into a different account, use the More tab. 

Too many apps on your iPad?

Use the Spotlight Search feature to search for the Kindle app or simply ask Siri to "open Kindle." Siri has all kinds of cool tricks up her sleeve.

How Do I Buy Kindle Books on the iPad?

Although you can browse through and read Kindle Unlimited books through the Kindle app, you cannot buy Kindle books, because Apple limits what can be sold through an app. As a workaround, use the Safari web browser and go directly to amazon.com.

After you buy the book through the web browser, open the Kindle app and read it. It should populate within a minute or so; the Kindle app must download it before you're ready to read it. And if you don't see it, tap the Sync button at the bottom-right corner of the library on the Kindle app to refresh all of your purchases.

How Do I Change Fonts, Change the Background Color, and Search the Book?

While you are reading a book, tap anywhere on the page to reveal a menu across both the top and the bottom of the iPad's display.

The bottom menu is a scroll bar that helps you zip across pages. This tool is great if you are resuming a book you've already started from another source, like a paper copy of the book. The Kindle app should resume where you left off even if you read it on another device, so you shouldn't need to skip around continue reading from a book you started on your Kindle. 

The top menu presents several configuration options. The most important is the font button, which is the button with the "Aa" letters. Through this sub-menu, you can change the font style, the size, the background color of the page, how much white space to leave in the margins, and even change the brightness of the display.

The search button, which is a magnifying glass, will let you search the book. The button with three horizontal lines is the menu button. Use this button to go to a specific page, listen to the audio companion, or read through the table of contents.

On the other side of the menu is the share button, which will let you send a text message with the book's link to a friend, a bookmark of annotations, the x-ray feature that brings up information about the page (including definitions of some of the terms), and a bookmark button.

How Do I Listen to My Audible Books?

Download the Audible app to listen to your Audible books. The Kindle app only works with audible companions. The Audible app works much like the Kindle app. After signing in with your Amazon login, download your Audible books to the iPad and listen to them.

If I Have an iPad, Should I Be Using iBooks Instead of Kindle?

It really doesn't matter if you use iBooks or Amazon's Kindle app for reading. They are both very good readers. Apple's iBooks has a neat page-turning animation, but Amazon has the largest library of books available and nice features like Kindle Unlimited. 

If you like to comparison shop, using both e-readers will allow you to compare prices against each other. And don't forget to check out all of the free books available that are in the public domain.