How to buy and read Kindle books on your iPhone

Dragana Gordic/ShutterstockYou can buy Kindle books on your iPhone by using a web browser.

  • Because the Kindle app is available for the iPhone, you can use your phone to buy and read Kindle books.
  • You can’t buy Kindle books on your iPhone using the Kindle or Amazon apps, though. You’ll need to log into Amazon using the Safari app on your phone (or a browser on your computer).
  • Once you buy a Kindle book using a web browser, the book immediately appears in your Kindle library on every device.
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The iPhone is a great ebook reader – perhaps even better than a standalone Kindle reader – because it runs a wide variety of ebook apps, putting millions of electronic books at your fingertips.

But if you want to read Kindle books on your iPhone, you need to buy the books and get them installed on your iPhone first. This isn’t quite as straightforward as it might seem, because you can’t purchase books using the iPhone Kindle app, or even the Amazon app.

Instead, you need to buy your Kindle books in a web browser. You can do that in a browser on your computer, or using the Safari app on your iPhone. It doesn’t matter where you buy the book, since it will be available in every Kindle app and device that’s signed into the Amazon account you used to buy the book.

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

Amazon Kindle (From $US89.99 at Amazon)

iPhone Xs (From $US999.99 at Best Buy)

How to buy Kindle books on the iPhone

1. Open the Safari app and navigate to Amazon.com.

2. If you’re not already logged in, sign into Amazon using your account information.

Kindle 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTo buy a Kindle book, sign into Amazon in Safari on your phone.

3. Find the Kindle title that you want to buy. Be sure that you choose the Kindle format. You can choose your iPhone in the “Deliver to” dropdown menu, but that’s not required – the book will be available on every Kindle app and device logged into your Amazon account.

Kindle 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderBe sure to choose the Kindle version of the book, not a paperback or hardback version.

4. Complete the purchase.

5. Now open the Kindle app. If a book is open, close it and go to the Library view.

6. You should see the book in the “All” tab. To read the book, tap its cover to download it to your phone.

Kindle 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYour newly purchased book will be waiting for you in the Kindle library.

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