How to Use the Kindle App for Mac

Kindle books work on your Mac just fine

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You don't need a physical Kindle device to read digital books from Amazon. Thanks to Amazon's Kindle app for the Mac, it can get all the functionality of the e-reader without you having to buy additional hardware.

With cloud storage, you can even read your digital library app-free on the internet. Here's how to make and manage a Kindle library on the Mac.

Instructions in this article apply to devices running macOS 10.10 and higher.

How to Download and Use the Kindle App for Mac

The Kindle app is available for free from the Mac App Store, and it's quick to set up. Follow these steps to get started with your digital library.

  1. Open the App Store under the Apple menu.

    Mac desktop with the App Store highlighted under the Apple menu
  2. Search for "Kindle."

    Mac App Store with the search bar highlighted
  3. The official Kindle app will be the first result. Click Get and then Install App to download it.

    You'll find the Kindle app in your Applications folder once it's installed.

    The Mac App Store with the Kindle app highlighted
  4. When you open Kindle, it will prompt you to enter your Amazon credentials. You'll only have to do this step once.

    Amazon sign-in screen in the Kindle app
  5. Kindle will open with a screen showing all of the e-books you've bought from Amazon (if you have any). In the upper-left corner, you'll see a window containing options for finding and organizing your library.

    • The sync button, which looks like a circle with arrows, checks your account and updates the library with any books you've bought.
    • All shows your entire library.
    • Downloaded shows titles you've transferred to your computer.
    • The PDFs menu contains documents you've added that aren't in the traditional e-book format.
    Kindle app with the Library section highlighted
  6. You can organize your books using Collections, which are like folders in which you store items in any way that makes sense.

    To create a new Collection, click the plus sign.

    Kindle app for Mac with the + button by Collections highlighted
  7. The menu that opens has two options. New Collection creates a new folder. Import Collection moves any existing ones you've made (for example, from the Kindle app for iPad) to the Mac app.

    Kindle App for Mac with the New Collection button highlighted
  8. To make a new collection, select that option and type a name for it. Press Enter to save.

    Kindle app for Mac with the Collection name box highlighted
  9. You can add a book to your new Collection in two ways:

    • Drag its cover to the name of the Collection on the left side of the screen.
    • Right-click the cover, highlight Add/Remove from Collection, and then click the name of the one you want to add it to.
    Right-click menu on a book in the Kindle app for Mac with the
  10. To start reading, double-click the cover of the book you want.

Purchasing New Books

Amazon doesn't provide a way to purchase books from the Kindle app, but you can explore titles with the Kindle search function. You can even read the first chapter for free. Once you’ve found a book you want to purchase, you’ll need to log in to the Amazon Kindle store web page in your web browser to make your purchase.

After you've checked out, Amazon will ask you if you want to download the book to your Kindle device. If you don't see the book in your Kindle app, press the Sync icon to refresh and collect your book.

How to Use the Kindle Cloud Reader

If you don't want to (or can't) install the Kindle app on your Mac, you can go to a web browser tab and visit the Kindle Cloud Reader.

  1. Go to the Kindle Cloud Reader site and enter your Amazon log-in credentials.

    The log-in page for the Kindle Cloud Reader site
  2. Click Get Started Now.

    Kindle Cloud Reader with the Get Started Now button highlighted
  3. Your library will appear, and you can click the book you want to read.

    A Kindle library in Kindle Cloud Reader
  4. To download a book for offline reading, right-click it and select Download & Pin Book from the menu.

While you will no longer need an internet connection to read the book, you will only be able to read the book through a Kindle device, app, or the Kindle Cloud Reader.

Kindle Cloud Reader with the