For avid readers, Kindles and the Kindle app offer the ability to read a lot without having to store a lot of books and without having to pay hardcover prices. You may already know that you can use the Kindle app on your iPhone and iPad – but did you know you can use the app on your Mac too?

Below, we'll tell you how to install and use the Kindle app on your Mac, and we'll show you some great features so that you can read voraciously on both your computer and your other devices.

Install and set up Kindle for Mac

The free Kindle for Mac app can be found in the Mac App Storethat you can open from your dock or yours Applications Folder.

Type "Kindle" into the App Store search bar to find it – it should use the same app image as the iPad, iPhone, and Android versions of the Kindle app. When you find it, open the App Store page by clicking on it.

The Kindle Mac App page on the Mac App Store

On the Kindle for Mac App Store page, click the Will Key and then the To install to start downloading the Kindle app on your Mac.

The download will not start until you enter your Apple ID and password, but once this has been verified you will see the progress bar.

Apple ID login prompt in the Mac App Store

When the download is complete, click Open minded in the App Store to open the Kindle for Mac app, or navigate to your Mac applications folder and click Ignite in there.

Kindle app in the Applications folder on a MacBook Pro

When you first open the Kindle app on your Mac, you'll see a Register Kindle Window. Here you will need to sign in to the Amazon account you are using or are using for Kindle purchases.

When you are signed in, you will be taken to the normal main window of the Kindle for Mac app, which lists all Kindle e-books that you have already purchased from Amazon.

Register your Kindle screen and sign in to Amazon in the Kindle app for Mac

Don't have any Kindle books? There are several ways to get free or cheap Kindle books that will appear in your Kindle for Mac library as soon as you purchase them or select them to download.

Even if you have books in your Kindle library, they won't be downloaded to your Kindle for Mac app immediately. The next section shows you how to download your ebooks and start reading.

How to Read Kindle Books on Mac

E-books enter your Kindle library via cloud sync. As long as your Kindle app is connected to the Internet, every Amazon e-book purchase will be displayed in the app library within a few moments (unless it is a pre-order; this will arrive on the day of publication).

Once a Kindle e-book is in your Kindle app library, you must download it in order to read it. To download an e-book in the Kindle for Mac app, just double-click it.

A progress bar appears, but not for long: e-books are downloading quickly. Kindle for Mac will instantly open the book for you, and you can start reading or access the library Button to go back and download more e-books.

Downloaded eBooks will appear on their cover in your Kindle for Mac library with a check mark along with a completed percentage tracker. They also appear in the Downloaded Section of the library list.

Kindle for Mac main view of the library with some e-books downloaded

To read an e-book on Kindle for Mac, double-click it to open it. A double click will automatically take you to the beginning of the e-book when you open it for the first time and to the last page you read each time.

You can also Ctrl-click an e-book and choose if you want Go to the last page read, Go to the table of contents, or Go to the beginning.

Kindle for Mac ebooks are read page-by-page, but you can change the column structure of the pages using the icons at the top of the window.

The reading view of the Kindle for Mac app

To navigate through the pages, click left or right on the page you are reading, or click Left and Right arrow keys on your Mac's keyboard. There's also a marker at the bottom of the app window that you can click and drag to quickly switch from one part of the book to another.

To jump to specific chapters or sections in your Kindle for Mac e-book, click the icon with three stacked lines next to three short lines to access the table of contents. From here, click on the chapter or heading that you want to start reading from.

Table of contents of an e-book opened on Kindle for Mac

If you need to search for a specific term in your e-book, you can do so by clicking Magnifying glass Symbol and enter any term you want to search for.

Kindle app search function is used for eBooks

Would you like to hear your e-book read aloud? click Tools> Start Text-to-Speech or hit Command + T so that your Mac reads the text of the e-book to you in its spoken content voice and moves you through the pages as you go. Blow Command + T again or Tools> Stop Text-to-Speech to stop it.

Launch the Text-to-Speech menu option selected in the Kindle app for Mac

If you want to remove an e-book from your Kindle for Mac app because you've completed it or no longer want to read it on your Mac, Ctrl + click the cover in your Library. Choose Remove from device from the menu that appears – the book returns to the Kindle cloud, which is still visible on Kindle for Mac, but no longer takes up storage space there.

Remove from device selected from e-book right-click menu on Kindle for Mac

Change the look of your Kindle for Mac eBooks

By default, every e-book uses the design the publisher created for it when you first open it in Kindle for Mac. However, you can change the font, font size, text alignment, line spacing, page width, brightness, and color mode (also known as page and text color) of what you read in the app by clicking Aa Icon at the top of the page.

The menu for changing fonts, font sizes, and more on Kindle for Mac

Font size, page width, and brightness are adjusted by clicking and dragging along a scale, while alignment, line spacing, and color mode give you options to choose from. The font is changed in a drop-down menu and includes an option that is easier to read for people with dyslexia.

You can always change these features to make reading your Mac as comfortable as possible.

Kindle for Mac notebook function

The first time you open an e-book or use Kindle for Mac, you may find that the Notebook is open in part of the app. The notebook is a place where you can keep all of your bookmark, as well as all Notes and highlights you do in the ebook.

Open the notebook on Kindle for Mac

Bookmarks allow you to save where you are or save pages that you revisit frequently, such as: B. Maps. To bookmark it, click bookmark Icon at the top of the Kindle window or click in the upper right corner of an e-book page. To return to a bookmark, click it in the list of notebook bookmarks.

A bookmark and the bookmark icon visible in Kindle for Mac

To make a highlight, click and drag to select the text on the e-book page that you want to highlight. You can only highlight word for word. Once you've selected text, release your click and a menu will appear where you can choose between four colors for your highlight.

You can also click Attached note from the selected text menu to enter any thoughts you had while reading. Just click Save on computer when you have finished typing in the displayed text window.

Add a note text window in Kindle for Mac

You can add notes to highlights in the notebook by clicking the Add a note Section under a marker you created, and then enter your thoughts.

Add a Note to a Highlight in Notebook on Kindle for Mac

You can export all of your notes and highlights by clicking on export Button in notebook. It creates and saves an HTML file on your Mac that you can open and print, or open as a webpage and save as a PDF.

Export the Notes home window to Kindle for Mac

Do you need to delete some highlights or notes in your e-book? click on the three points Icon to the right of your entries in the notebook and select Delete note or Delete marking.

Delete Note and Clear Highlighting Options in Kindle for Mac Notebook

You can also create flashcards from your notes and markups by clicking + Flashcards Button in notebook. You can edit and step through these tabs at any time by clicking the overlapping rectangle icon in the menu on the far left of the Kindle for Mac window.

Kindle for Mac app flashcards are used

If you don't want to see the notebook, just click Hide notebook Button at the top of the window and it will disappear. You can beat that Show notebook Key to retrieve the notebook at any time.

You can read tons with Kindle for Mac

Like their iPad and iPhone equivalents, the Kindle app for Mac lets you read tons of ebooks you buy on Amazon and even take notes on the go. It's a great option if you want to read on your Mac desktop or laptop, and we highly recommend it!


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Jessica Lanman
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Jessica has been writing tech articles since 2018 and loves knitting, crocheting, and embroidering little things in her free time.

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