Now available: New Amazon Kindle app for Mac

I met you at the beginning of the month already informedthat the previous Kindle app for macOS will be discontinued. Amazon will no longer support these from October 31, 2023. If you want to continue reading (new) books from Amazon's Kindle range as well as other eBooks and PDFs via the retail giant's app offering, you will have to download a new app. The old app was also renamed “Kindle Classic”. If you have automatic app updates activated on your Mac, then that's probably what it's called for you. The new app just called “Kindle” again and has the same app icon as the old version.

The fact that the new app has the same icon, looks like you've already downloaded it (cloud icon with arrow) and the version number is far too high for a new release makes the whole thing a bit confusing. But this app is the new version.
The fact that the new app has the same icon, looks like you've already downloaded it (cloud icon with arrow) and the version number is far too high for a new release makes the whole thing a bit confusing. But this app is the new version.

Easy setup: Amazon's new Kindle for Mac app

Even though I find the process for changing the app unnecessarily complicated (the original app could have simply received an update), the change is not particularly difficult. You download the new app from the Mac App Store, open it, log in with your Amazon login and the Kindle library is displayed. Only downloads are not accepted. So if you had previously downloaded a book in the Kindle Classic app, you will have to do so again in the new Kindle app in order to be able to read it. Otherwise, I didn't notice any hurdles when using it.

The new Kindle app for macOS is intended to offer these advantages

Visually, the new Kindle app looks more modern than the Kindle Classic app. It now also consistently uses dark mode for the entire interface if you have set it. After registration, these points are also highlighted as advantages of the offer:

  • Improved library management: More filtering, sorting, and search options to find something exciting in the library.
  • Improved book reading experience: Customize text size, font and background color and capture your thoughts using notes.
  • Import personal documents: Import personal documents with Send to Kindle to read in the new app.
  • Your collections, everywhere: New collections created in the app will now sync with your account and linked Kindle apps and devices.

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3 comments on “Now available: New Amazon Kindle app for Mac”

  1. Hi John,

    Can you maybe tell me where the new app saves downloaded e-books on the Mac? My old “my Kindle Content” folder doesn’t seem to be the storage destination and I can’t find anything else on my Mac, even though the book I just bought appears as “downloaded” in the app. You can no longer set anything in the app or assign a folder like you used to. Unfortunately, a web search didn't get me anywhere, which is why I'm trying it here now.

    Thanks in advance

    Steff

    1. Hello Steff,

      Unfortunately I can't help you any further. I've just searched through various sites and tried to access the storage paths mentioned there. But it wasn't successful either.

      Apparently, the new app not only stores the eBooks in a different location, but also in a new format and encrypted. So you probably won't be able to do anything with the files if you do find them at some point. They should only be accessed with the Kindle app and can no longer be converted into other formats, it was also said.

      So it seems to be intentional that the downloaded content no longer ends up as files in an easy-to-find folder. There's hardly anything you can do about it, because by using the offer you agree to the terms and conditions and therefore more or less approve of the procedure.

      Best regards
      John

      1. Hi John,

        Well, unfortunately that just confirms my fears. What a pity.

        But thank you very much for your efforts and your quick response!

        warmly

        Steff

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