More and more people have moved to the camp of Windows 8 nowadays partly due to its chic combination of traditional PC interface and Touchscreen-oriented tile style. It was reported recently that Microsoft would stop support for Windows XP in 2014, which might push more people to Windows 8 OS. As to eBook reading, what should we do when we want to read Amazon Kindle books on Windows 8? This is what will be discussed in this article.
Note: If you are using any other Windows system, here are three methods to read Kindle books on PC.
Read Kindle books on Windows 8
To read Kindle eBooks on Windows 8, you need to first install corresponding Kindle for Windows 8 app on your device, which works on Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8 Surface Pro / RT, other Windows 8-based tablets and Windows Phone 8 (with Kindle for Windows Phone 8 app). Then register the Kindle app with your Amazon account and you are able to read Kindle books on Windows 8 as with other Kindle reading apps.
Step 1: Click the “Store” icon (shopping bag) on the Windows 8 Start screen to enter Windows 8 app store.
If you can’t find the “store” icon on the Start screen, right-click to select “All Apps”. Right-click “Store” and select “Pin” to make the Store show on the Start screen.
Step 2: Search for “Kindle” on Windows 8 app store, select Amazon Kindle app and click download.
Make sure there is a Microsoft (Windows) Live account associated with your Win 8 computer, then you can easily download and install free Kindle for Windows 8 app on it (with Internet connection).
Step 3: The first time you launch Kindle for Windows 8 app, you will be required to sign in with your Amazon account. Once the registration is done, all Kindle books under your account will be synced in seconds. You can also right-click and select synchronize to sync your books if there is any delay.
To transfer your personal Kindle MOBI books to Surface Pro or other Win 8 device, you can use Microsoft SkyDrive to do the upload & download.
Kindle for Windows 8 app enables readers to pin favorite Kindle books to the Start screen, customize the reading interface including background color, font size, reading columns and the like, use web-based Dictionary and sync books, reading progress, bookmarks, notes, highlights across multi platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Blackberry).
Follow above steps when you want to read Kindle books on Windows 8 (Pro) PC, Surface RT / Pro as well as other tablets running Windows 8 RT OS.
Besides Kindle books, you can follow this guide to read eBooks on Windows 8 / Surface RT / Pro.
Read Kindle books on Windows 8 mobile
To read Kindle books on Windows Phone 8 such as Nokia Lumia 920, simply tap “Marketplace” icon on the phone, search for “Kindle” and follow the instructions to install. The latest version of Kindle for Windows Phone 8 app is 220.127.116.11, which comes with a resizable live tile and additional formatting options.
More about Amazon Kindle eBook reading
Together with reading Kindle eBooks on Windows 8 devices, you are likely to have other devices to read Kindle books on. As a result of DRM restrictions imposed on Kindle books, however, things are a bit tough and constrained. Thus you might have to use DRM Removal tools to remove Kindle DRM, so that you will be able to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices.
Download Epubor Kindle DRM Removal tool and follow this guide to remove Kindle DRM on Windows 8.
How to read Kindle books on Kobo (also works on Sony eReader)
Troubleshooting: Can’t install kindle app on windows 8
#1 Provided you have no access to Microsoft app store and can’t install Kindle for Windows 8 app, you can also read Kindle books on your Win 8 device by installing Kindle for PC app from Amazon’s official site. Press “Windows” key on the keyboard (next to “Alt” key) to go back to desktop if necessary.