kindle for mac ereader application

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You've probably heard of the Amazon Kindle, an extremely popular wireless ebook reader. Amazon boasts that over 850,000 books are available for download to the Kindle. And there are more than 1.8 million out-of-copyright books you can get for free. How about that?

But what if you don't have a Kindle? Then you're still in luck. Amazon has developed an army of reader apps for just about anyone who has access to the Internet via smart phone or computer.

Since I have a MacBook Air, this article focuses on the Kindle for Mac.

Get the Kindle for Mac app

You'll need to register for an account with Amazon before you can start downloading. For most people, you'll sign-in just like you do when you buy something from the Amazon store.

Once you're signed in, you'll need to navigate to theKindle Store. Here you'll see everything related to the Amazon Kindle.

Take a look at the left sidebar and you'll see the list of Kindle reading apps. Current choices include the iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. Click on Kindle for Mac and you'll be taken to the page where you can download the reader for Mac.

Check your Mac for compatibility

Here's where some of the Mac users with older hardware and operating systems may be left out. To use Kindle for Mac, you'll have to be running Mac OS X 10.5 and above, have at least 512 MB of RAM and 100MB of available disk space AND own a Mac with a 500MHz Intel processor. So basically, you need a Mac bought in the last few years and have upgraded to Leopard or Snow Leopard.

Downloading the Kindle reader app for Mac is as simple as everything else you'll do on your Mac. Just click the download button and you'll see the disk image in your download files. Once the download is complete, double click on the disk image called KindleForMac.dmg.

You'll probably see a warning about opening a file that 's been downloaded from the Internet, but keep going anyway. A Finder window will open showing the Kindle app and your Applications folder. Drag the Kindle for Mac into your Applications folder and now you're ready to start finding some great books.

Download books and start reading

Once you have the ereader application installed, you can head back to the Kindle Store and look around a little. You'll find New York Times bestsellers and even new releases starting at just $9.99. And many authors and publishers offer free book samples, so you can read the first chapter before deciding to buy. One thing you won't find is Kindle newspapers, magazines and blogs. These options are not currently available for the Mac reader.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourKindle for Mac eBooks today!