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Kindle for BlackBerry review

February 20, 2010

https://i0.wp.com/g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kindle/www/klamath/download/kindle-for-blackberry-tcg-right-animated._V202460734_.gifI have installed and used the new Kindle for BlackBerry application and I believe it is a completely viable e-reader app—whether sneaking in a chapter or two during lunch, quick reading in bed, while riding the subway, etc.—due to Amazon’s brilliant Whispersync feature.

Here are some comments:

  • The application loads quickly (2.5 seconds)
  • Books open and download quickly
  • There is a “Fullscreen” option that can be selected by pressing ‘F’—this removes the title of the book at the top of the screen and the current location at the bottom of the book. This is helpful for the smaller screens of BlackBerries with keyboards (note to Amazon: this would also be a nice feature on standard Kindle devices).
  • Fonts (6 available):
      The smallest font provides 7 ‘locations’ (17 lines of text—“Fullscreen” adds 2 additional lines of text) per page view;  the second-smallest font provides 5 ‘locations’; the middle font sizes provide 3-4 ‘locations’

      As a comparison, the same book on the 6″ Kindle provides 11 ‘locations’ per page view at the smallest font; the second-smallest font provides 7 ‘locations’
  • Shortcuts:
      ‘space’ key:     next page
      ‘P’ (or shift+’space’):     previous page
      ‘-‘ (‘+’):     decrease (increase) font
      ‘F’:     Fullscreen on/off
      ‘B’:    add bookmark
      ‘back’ key:     works as the ‘Back’ button on Kindle (e.g. returns to ‘section list’ for newspapers)

      When in Archived folder, press a letter key to jump to a book title or author name


And the final note:

.mobi files downloaded (or transferred) your BlackBerry WILL open in the Kindle for BlackBerry application

Directions:

  • When asked if you wish to save the item, select ‘Yes”
  • In the ‘Save file’ dialog box, select the folder icon to explore to a new location.
  • Select ‘Device Memory’->’home’->’user’->’kindle’->’eBooks’
  • Open up Kindle for BlackBerry (note: if already open, close it, then re-open it).  Your ebook will be included in the ‘Home’ screen.

eBooks, calibre-created newspapers/magazines/blogs, Instapaper files—all work and include the navigable table of contents.  Hyperlinks open in the BlackBerry browser.

Potential troubleshooting for some users:  I was unable to download the application from the BlackBerry’s browser, receiving the following error message after attempting to load the amazon.com/kindlebb url:

Invalid address: https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/kcp/install.html?ie=UTF8

I figured out the fix for this issue:  go to the “Options” menu on your BlackBerry, scroll down to and select “Security Options”, scroll down to and select “TLS”, and change the “Protocol” selection to “TLS/SSL”. Save these settings, reopen your BlackBerry browser and re-enter the amazon.com/kindlebb url.  If you still are having problems, you can enter directly the download link: http://klamath.s3.amazonaws.com/rc8b/kindle.jad

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2010 2:09 am

    oh my goodness!!!!! i just want to say thank you, because i’ve been trying to download this app to my blackberry since 10 am today and it is now 12:08 sunday am. The directions on amazon.com as well as crackberry seem so simple but why would it just not work? So a very big gracious thank you to you!!!!

  2. Susan Shaffer permalink
    October 15, 2010 7:35 am

    I have downloaded the kindle app but cannot find it on my blackberry 8530. When I try to re-download, it says it’s already there!

  3. Shelley permalink
    December 19, 2010 7:22 pm

    I have the BB9800. I downloaded the Kindle app. Some of the books will not load past a certain page. Very frustrating. Does anyone have a fix? I have tried going to Amazon and resending the book to my BB. Not a success. Thanks.

    • December 20, 2010 10:07 am

      Try first deleting the book from your BlackBerry -> Select the book, press the BlackBerry menu button, and select the “Remove Item.”

      Then download the book from the Kindle for BlackBerry app (rather from your computer’s browser) -> Select the desired title from the “Archived Items” list. Leave your wireless connection and Kindle for BlackBerry app running until the download completes–do not exit the application.

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