I understand Kindle to be a brand name of a tablet computer. Does this mean that if I buy the "Kindle Edition" of a book I won't be able to read it on my PC or Samsung tablet?

I want to be sure that I'll be able to read "Kindle Edition" of a book without having a Kindle device. Is this possible?


Kindle is the brand name of a range of e-readers and tablets (called Kindle Fire) produced by Amazon. Typically books bought as a Kindle Edition will be downloaded directed to a Kindle device attached to your Amazon account.

If you want to read Kindle Edition books on a Samsung tablet or desktop PC then you'll need to download the Kindle app for your device. There is an Android version and a PC version, as well as several other options.

You can click the "Read with Our Free App" or "Read on Any Device" (or similar text) link below the price for an overview and links to more detailed information.

Kindle Edition options

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To clarify and expand on Andrew's answer:

Manage content through amazon.com/myk where you can view items and organize into collections.

Use read.amazon.com to read material from a browser.

Or, use the kindle app on phone or tablet to both manage and read content.

It's not quite, but almost, a 1:1 relationship between an e-ink kindle device and the cloud. Most everything will be synced and available both. Changing or re-organizing on either will sync to the other.

You don't need to buy a Kindle e-ink device, or Kindle tablet. You might want to, at some point. This is DRM lock-in analogous to iTunes et. al. so that once you pick your poison it's just easier to stay in that walled garden.

(For what it's worth, take a look at e-ink readers-- very interesting.)


You can delete material from a device and leave it on the cloud reader. Or, delete from both device and cloud.

Some material, here and there, won't show on your e-ink device because it's not compatible. Not an issue for this Kindle user, and a very minor "gotcha".

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