Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry 10 now available

Kindle App BlackBerry 10
By Adam Zeis on 21 Mar 2013 04:31 pm EDT
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Announced at the BlackBerry launch event in January, the Amazon Kindle app for BlackBerry 10 is now available. The Kindle app lets you browse, purchase and view books, magazines and newspapers right on your BlackBerry 10 device. With Kindle you can also take advantage of Whispersync to keep all of your books synched up across your devices including bookmarks, notes and highlights. 

Other features include:

  • Read Free Books—Choose from thousands of free ebooks such as Pride & Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Shop for Books—Easily shop for ebooks, including new releases and New York Times Best Sellers.
  • Use the Built-In Dictionary, Google, and Wikipedia—The Kindle app has a built-in dictionary that allows you to look up words instantly while you’re reading your ebooks. Simply tap and hold a word to view its definition or use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information.
  • Sync Your eBooks—The Kindle app lets you read the same book across devices and automatically syncs where you left off so you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device. The app syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights between Android, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7/8, Kindle Cloud Reader, and any of our Kindle devices using our Whispersync technology.  
  • Sample Books Before You Buy—Read the first chapter of a book for free before you decide to buy.
  • Customize Your Reading—Choose your preferred font size, screen brightness, background color, and orientation (portrait or landscape) to read your books.
  • Borrow eBooks from the Library—Check out ebooks from your local library and have them delivered wirelessly to your Kindle app.

Amazon Kindle is free download and is available now for BlackBerry 10 devices. Keep in mind it may take up to 24 hours to show for you in BlackBerry World.

More information/Download Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry

156 comments

glenixtr15

First! I want audible more

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SMCNI1968

Do the books store on your sd card?

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Spawn12

Woot finally it arrives, one my most sought after apps even though i have a kindle reader at home but this will make my life easier...hate carrying around my kindle to read my books.

Another nail in the coffin for my S3 lol.

Sadly its a crappy Android port, very slow and clunky on my Z10 :/

BBPandy

D this on my PB, I don't read books with my phone.....though truth be told, I don't need it as much as I use to, as I've kinda moved away from Kindle after they refused to support my BB

Mathrin

Nice. I'll pick it up.

jdhooghe

Nice!!!

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Mr Gill

Aha, I love your display picture

glenixtr15

Just got it. It's android port. >.<

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BruvvaPete2

Great to have dev support but I'm starting to think ports by devs might be a sign of laziness. The provided BlackBerry tools available to make apps native can't be that bad or onerous.

BionicKris

I think you're right BP2..

bitek

Cool

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Driftdreams

i would LOVE to see this come to the PlayBook... BOTH my PlayBooks :D

Graheem

The sideload works fine on Playbooks. Been using for long time, though I actually prefer MoonReader.

Easy-G

As a PlayBook owner, I'd rather see Kobo arrive with a native app.

raremage

That's because you haven't had a real Kindle app available. Kodo isn't even close.

You'll find out once you install and use this one!

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Graheem

raremage is correct...Kobo...gag.

BB_Bmore

Find out what?? That its an Android port just like all PlayBook owners have been using since way before anyone even knew what a Z10 looked like? Or is this Android port more "real" than the PlayBook one?

daves_25

I'm in the same situation as Easy-G. Never used Kindle, when PlayBook launched with Kobo, I bought a number of books through them. All my content is in Kobo, unless the Kindle reader can manage my Kobo content, they missed the boat on having me as a customer. I'm waiting for Kobo on BB10.

gyubok

link doesn't work

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mussaz

Yes android port and not any improvement over the side loaded version but it's a start

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JamesPtheNerd

One advantage: automatic updates and also we can peeve off in the app world comments that we demand a native app.

In fact, I think this is slower than the side loaded version roaming around. A couple more view options (for margin and line height), presented nicer. So, upgraded, but slower.

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Graheem

@JamesPtheNerd - I totally agree with everything you said here.

trynacu2

Nice. It's one of the few apps I had sideloaded on my PB. Nice to know I won't have to do that on BB10.

Kuttysark

Keeps crashing on me.. And yes it's a android port.

Kuttysark

ahhh, finally kicked in. Had to delete the sideload version. Odd.

AndrLo

Yeah, the first time I tried to load the app it crashed after going to the sideloaded apps login screen which had the blue background. Restarted the app and it worked fine.

G-bone

Just downloaded it!
THIS is the one I've been waiting for!
NOW, give me Kobo, Nook, etc.

#BB10Believe

Nigelbrown

Works fine thanks!

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UniversalMind

Very excited! You people of north america probably don't know what it means for, like, Germans. Other than iOS, the best German newspapers have no App even for Android, let alone BlackBerry. The cool thing is Kindle has them and that way it is now available for BB10 devices as well. I'm happy but PlayBook app needs to finally arrive, after all these years of broken promise...

low78

Just downloaded too! Woohooo!

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weyyytictacs

It's an Android port... Big freaking deal! At least we have an app! :D

leanhog

Exactly! Native can come later.

independentvolume

That's the problem. Many, including myself believe that the Native app will never come. This android emulator was a mistake. Big mistake.

Barriecuda

Without it companies probably wouldn't have done anything for BB10 at all. At least this way, if many people download the app and there's lots of feedback for "Make a native BB10 version", they [Amazon or whoever else] have the numbers to prove it a worthwhile venture to do.

mcmolineux

Nah, with the Android Player BlackBerry cracked the chicken and egg riddle. Nobody will buy a phone with no apps, and nobody will spend a lot of money building an app for a phone with no users. Android Player brings big-name apps, which brings users, which causes developers to pay attention to the platform and improve their apps. And the best way to approve an Android app on BB10 is to take it native. It's brilliant if you ask me.

workerb

The Android player is one reason I am leaning toward getting a Z10. That and the Hub. I'm on webOS now. Ask any current or former webOS enthusiast if they would want Android player on their phone. A vast majority would say 'YES!'.

BB_Bmore

Um you had the app before this launched today....

MaxR_A

I had pretty much the same app side loaded back in February. It works reliably even if a little choppy. Glad it's here for everyone in BB World!

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Graheem

Been using the sideload on both my Playbook and Z10 for sometime, though I actually prefer MoonReader. Nice to see Kindle ported. Feels a bit slow compared to my sideload, but looks like new version too, so it's ok. I noticed under 'About' that there are warning signs next to CPU and RAM. Any idea what that's about?

Oh and yes...it's a port... ooooh, It was a sideload...oooh. I love having that as an option for when there is not other way to have an app.

sylvaing

Click on CPU and RAM and you'll see it displays 0 for CPU speed (min and max) and total RAM. My guess is this is why...

This is what you get when you port, not a full implementation like a native app. Personally, I'm disappointed :-(

Graheem

ah, yes, I noticed that. I get what you mean. I tried some data monitor sideloads, but though they open, they show no usage, I guess for same reason - not fully accessing relevant areas of the hardware/system. thanks.

bradley_b

Generally, if there isn't an equivalent Native API, it's not going to work in Android.

JamesPtheNerd

Nooo. Means the api they use to get this information didn't respond.

And, have you USED it? It's not bad. Does the job quite nicely.

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Graheem

@JamesPtheNerd - what do you mean by "the api they use to this nformation didn't respond"? Thanks.

tgtallinn

Younwant be very technical there? Despites high level calls are available both in Linux and Qnx, some functions are not behaving the or not supporting the same parameters. A lazzy port will return 0. A more extensive port will reimplement. Note however that these are generally use to deal with fragmented oses with lowend chips and trim down the app or help reporting trouble, we aremtalking android there... That obviously isnt a concern for the z10. Sorry for the typos. Typed from an ipad mini, in the abscence of updated bb10 tablets...

k8bushlover

I don't even see CPU and RAM under 'About', let alone any warnings. Different variant of phone perhaps.

With 4 active frames, 1 of them Kindle, I see in Settings:
Total Memory 2GB, Free Memory 923.1 MB
Total Storage 16 GB, Free 8.6 GB

One thing I love about Android Player, for whatever small consolation it is for those opposed to non-native -- the diagonal swipe (left or right) from bottom bezel to go 'Back'. I don't know why that didn't become a standard gesture in native apps.

Scooter68

Same port as the sideload... better than nothing.

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Graheem

Seems to be a much newer version than any Kindle sideload I found, but also seems a bit more sluggish than the sideloads.

fatiht07

Not at all, this version supporting pdf files too

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CT9AJ

Yet another app I can't download because of my location, yay.

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DocGo

Yay!! Am so glad it is finally officially available for the Z10.

ruzbeh01

It's an Android port, but it works well. It does the job.

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Kayden2013

What's with all these stupid ports why don't they make a native app and show BlackBerry some respect

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Camelhmpz

THANK YOU! Glad to see Amazon is going to finally give us a kindle app, wish they would have the playbook. Now lets keep the momentum rolling, more TOP APPS!

Graheem

Had sideload on my PB for nearly a year. Works fine.

stabstabdie

Wonder why android port took so long.

lurk_n_post_2000

Thanks Amazon! Now get to work, Kobo, and make it happen!!

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The London Geezer

Ghastly Android port! Why a huge corporation like Amazon would take this lazy route is beyond me.

Will delete in the next 30 seconds. Thank you and kind regards - TLG

bradley_b

Amazon has an entire platform off Android.

vladburac

not available for me :( why?

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jesse_h

Port. Sigh.

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SMCNI1968

Hopefully if the US launch goes well we'll get native versions of these apps

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os30

Yeah it's an Android port so wonder why it took so long to arrive.

It's good to see that it has arrived though :) so I wount complain too much.

National Rail Times App for BB10 - http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20352963/?countrycode=GB

koool1

Android port.. not surprised sadly.

Oh well. It works.

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grant.palin

I don't use it - waiting for Kobo - but I know it's a widely-desired app, so glad see it finally arrive. One more popular app crossed off!

It's surprising that it's an Android port, though as has been suggested multiple times it may be an interim measure. At least it's one less sideload needed. Amazon can certainly afford to build a native version!

Kayden2013

Deleted it after 3 minutes waste if time graphics are terrible and slow functioning

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k8bushlover

Not at all slow or 'terrible' for me -- I guess everyone is different

fatiht07

Supports pdf files too.awesome!

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dannyd86

Good example of a great working android port. I've had it side loaded for a long time, has become the main use of my playbook.

Great to see it in blackberry world, even if amazon spent 5 minutes converting it

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Picanola

What about Kindle for PB?

knighty2112

Great! Slow to start, but flows nicely when open. Only minor gripe is it doesn't show the book covers on the home screen, but does elsewhere. Not a major issue. Had this side loaded on my PlayBook, but recently did a wipe on it and hadn't got round to side loading it again. Now I won't have too! : )

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LAZYMAN 91

Wow it doesn't even work on my phone, crappy android ports -.-

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Xopher

Nice to have it available in BlackBerry World. I'm not sure how often I will read on my Z10, but having the option available is a good thing. I'll probably continue to read via the side-loaded version on my PlayBook (taking advantage of the 7" screen).

imcurved

Has anybody load it up and use it. Please share the experience. Thanks.

Kayden2013

It's not a great port

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imcurved

It's good to know that it's a port.

k8bushlover

Your post elsewhere here says graphics are terrible and slow functioning, not the case for me at all.

"It's not a great port" does not exactly share the experience.

I guess the motto has to be, you will only find out by trying it for yourself. Obviously, your mileage may vary due to network / carrier and variant of phone. (We still say 'mileage' here even though we've been using kilometres for a long time.)

It seems to work fine for me, but I don't have a lot of content yet, loaded up a free book on knots and rope splicing. Graphics crisp as can be, and it's fast. I don't know what it's being compared to to earn the labels terrible and slow.

Graheem

It works fine, as did the Kindle sideloads I used on my Z10 and Playbook. My experience is that this port seems a little more sluggish than my sideload, but also seems a bit newer. I will retain the port for now, but I mainly use MoonReader sideload. It's my favorite reader. Only issue with MoonReader is the sideload only works with epub, but no problem, Calibre converts all my mobi's just fine to epub.

TTBGF

This is one of quite a few apps that say for me "Unavailable for this device ". Anyone know what causes this?

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knighty2112

Depends where you are in the world. I live in the UK and just downloaded it, but it may take a few more hours to get to you. Try layer on/ tomorrow. Should be available then.

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TTBGF

Sure hope so, thanks!

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kuczco

Though some may not think it's a big deal, the android ports seem really choppy. At least we have a Kindle app now I guess... Could be better though...

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Barriecuda

I think I'm finally tipped over from the Q to the Z... Reading books on the Z would be a lot more pleasant, though the Q has bigger screen real estate than my current 9700(!) which I'm plenty fine with.

Greg Aniol

More than happy finding Kindle app! I hope more applications will arrive gradually.

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QuIcKsIlV3r

Really don't understand why you guys have issues with Android ports. They run fine and smoothly for me

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pels_17

A bunch of whiners here. Just be thankful it's available. It works perfectly in my Z10.

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DJBS4LIFE

Have it download. Works pretty good. Hope to see this go native soon.

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konvajw

Awesome - love Amazon and all of their Kindle products! Nice to have the reader on my Z10 too now.

FernCommodari

Already side loaded the android version a year ago on PlayBook and many moons ago on Dev Alpha.

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jfunds

Come onnnnn BlackBerry keep it up

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elmit22

works well on my Z10. no problems with lag or any other problems

jugolic

loving the app! something to read on the bus to NYC

milfou

Works fine

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playbookster

I can't keep up with all the apps!!

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SkypilotOfHope

For folks wanting Kobo, it's available as a Sideloaded app and it works well on my Z10.

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Omar Diamond

Yeah it's not native but been reading for the past half hour on my Z10 and couldn't be happier!! This phone has it all!!

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soapydarren

Now I have confirmed that someone somewhere is paying people to ruin BlackBerry. Instagram has refused to show up, so has Netflix. Kindle is an android port and so will Skype be......if these big names won't develop and chose to port android versions, what do we expect from unknown app developers who would put rubbish on here for people they think are desperate? My only consolation is..... I don't use any of them.

bktrm

Any word on Kobo coming to BB10?

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BB_Bmore

Well BlackBerry tweeted that they had a few surprises for tonight so lets hope that Skype launches along with Kevins beloved Instagram :)

I used to have a drug dealer named instagram jsyk

franky62

Cant wait to try it out

thurask

Tch. No Kobo, which is a shame. Especially since my PlayBook introduced me to Kobo in the first place.

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DanielLui1

I don't use the Kindle service from Amazon anyways so this doesn't concern me. All my eBooks are on Kobo so I'm hoping Kobo gets their act together and releases a BlackBerry 10 optimized version of the Kobo app soon.

DuexNoir

Whether its a port or native, at this point in the game, BB needs to simply have the apps available!! Get people on board BB10 and then start pushing for native (if they even need to push at that point). I support BB10 and I'm happy they are exploring all resources to remain in the game. Once they have their footing, then they can start to go on the offensive.

Good work with all the apps coming BB...keep them coming! (Now we just need the 10.1 and JB update to make things even better).

lotuslanderz

As has been stated, it's not native, but it works. I'm able to read my books, bookmark, hilite, look up words in the dictionary, etc etc. I would prefer an official PlayBook version for the increased screen real estate, but I will definitely use the Kindle App on my Z10.

joski

This worked great for me. I don't know if others didn't delete the sideloaded version first or something but this runs fine and does the job for me. Who cares if it's a port?

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jiminabottle

As soon as I see that "Initializing..." thing on any new app I install I close it and hit delete.

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maranr

Finding the store pretty hard to read. Hope the make a native app eventually.

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farskija

Android port...this is why I'm less than excited for BB10

Yandar

Good grief the sideloaded version is several orders of magnitude better than this piece of rubbish.

j556

Always crashes. Anybody else having the same problems.

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Yandar

It crashes for me too frequently. scrolling is slow and book covers disappear when scrolling. I will likley put the sideloaded version back on as its better in every way.

hashman82

It won't let me download books, it wants valid province. I put Ontairo wtf.

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Graheem

Did you spell Ontario as you did in your comment?

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Iamanonymous62

LOL, Problem solved I bet!

mnc76

Lol

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web99

I just downloaded Kindle on my Z10. It's one of my "must have"apps, so I am pleased that it is finally available in the BlackBerry world store.

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web99

That's great news! I just downloaded Kindle today on my Z10 and I am pleased that it is finally made it's way to the BlackBerry world store. It is one of my "must have " apps.

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airmo

im a bit disappointed since its an android port... come on blackberry step up your game!

silverblue82

Got it! Works great!

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MozThaGreat

Hmmm........ won't be surprised if Amazon pulls the plug on this app 6 months from now.

radlink14

Did anyone else read this as "Amazon Kindle with blackberry 10" #mindblown (I don't like kindles but I'm all for supporting Bb10"

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mnc76

Like I said in the review, I'm glad that amazon made this, but I wish it wasn't so slow. :(

Clearly a mediocre Android port.

On the hand, it works. All the functionality is there.

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MatthewMk2

And it's a crap Android port.

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jrsc109

Is it available in the UK. I don't seem to have it in BBWorld..

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knighty2112

Yes it's in the UK. I downloaded it yesterday fine from BlackBerry World. Works well on my Z10 too. Not sure why others complain about it.

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bigopti

So I hear from a lot of people above that it doesn't run that well.
But it doesn't run at all on my Z10 :( Can't get passed the android start-up screen.
Way to go to make an first impression with a crappy port, go native or go home.

Its like going to a job interview:

- mr. A Droidport shows up but totally leaves a bad first impression behind because it's got nothing fancy, just the bare minimum required for the job but still somehow sometimes fails to deliver. All the while people are wondering why they hired him in the first place, just a tid a bit more things are getting done, but at the expense of unsatisfied customers with enormous headaches.

- Mr. N. Attive, said he was coming but rescheduled his appointment, told the hiring firm that he was working on smoothing things out. Now the hiring firm was doubting on what to to but then finally N.Attive showed up, making the recruiters wear sunglasses. So flashy and smooth, right tool for the job kind of thing. NAILED IT. Customer satisfaction goes up, productivity is increased and everybody feels good. And at the end of the day, everybody is making more money.

I for one am not going to invest in anything (in this case books) that is not native for the platform I am using.
Most cheap fixes will cost you more in the endgame.

The London Geezer

'for BlackBerry 10' should be reserved for native apps only - give us a shout if you agree.

BlackBerry and developers should also make it explicitly clear where an app is an Android port.

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nvestn

I found the app to be very snappy and fast at turning pages. Though I haven't used it too much... so glad that android emulation is much better on the Z10 than on the PlayBook... looking forward for more native apps, however.

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Bogdan Grozoiu

Where should I store the epub / mobi / pdf files in order to open them with Kindle for BB10 ?

Thank you !

D.Vader

Where is Audible?

It's 2013 do we really need to be "first" on the comments? :)

hugeberries

I'm sick of these clowns whining about native apps not being on BlackBerry 10! Android port is just as good! Quit whining!

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hugeberries

Native apps will come soon! Relax clowns! Or go to the enemy iphone!

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g_parsons

Not working for me in Canada..

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HookerOne

Can't find it in BlackBerry World and the link won't work, anyone got any ideas

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md03wx

The android port apps suck

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Rootbrian

Wish people would shut up about the app being ported. YOU HAVE THE APP NOW STOP COMPLAINING!! Sheeeeeit.

Ricardo Pignatari

Could Kevin or anyone tell me where to look for Kindle app?

I am located just London and can't seem to find on the BlackBerry World.

Thanks a lot

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probson100

Tried searching in app world does not seem to be available yet. I'm in UK is this only for certain countries?

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Dave Wilson2

I read my KOBO books on my Z10. I do have the Kindle app on my Z10 but I am also reading my KOBO library using the Kobo instant reader web app. Has the features and functions I need for basic reading. See http://read.kobobooks.com/ and give it a try. Prefer my Playbook but at times it nice to have access on my Z10 when I am out and about.

lcfut

When in the application pull down from the top to show the menu bar on the bottom. From there choose the : in the bottom right to pull up the top menu bar

Everyone who has this app must do this

Click the "Send Feedback" button to send you thoughts to Amazon. Be nice. My feedback simple stated how the user experience would be greatly improved with a Native Cascade application.

Feedback from within the application is better received than just posting negative comments here.

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niss63

This is much better than what we had available on the 9900. Glad Amazon got this going so quickly.

stearman64

Can't find in uk.. any tips anyone, other than side loading?

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zachgeo

It works OK, but it keeps adding files labeled "android" to my phone, and causes a bunch of pictures of blank pages to show up in them! Not only that, but now Amazon is convinced I'm an Android owner and keeps shoveling Android marketing at me. I might uninstall this until they come out with a true BB app.

mrskycar

Not available for Q10?