It’s a bit overdue, but here’s the promised instructions on how you, even without the Kindle device, can download electronic books from Amazon. (Besides it being sometimes a cheaper – or sometimes only – option for buying certain books, Amazon also routinely features free electronic books that let you try out new authors.) Go to the Kindle for PC link at Amazon and click blue “download now” button (for Windows 7, Vista, and XP). From there, you should be prompted by pop-up boxes that offer to run or save the download. As per Amazon’s (and my) instruction, click run.
After waiting (patiently, or impatiently, your choice), you should see a tiny, blue-background icon (i.e. the Kindle logo) at the bottom of your browser window. Click on that and, when prompted, provide your Amazon account’s email and password. Amazon will provide with a copy of Aesop’s Fables, Pride & Prejudice, and Treasure Island to get you started. Whenever you purchase (by ‘purchase’ I also refer to the download-for-free books) a Kindle edition, it should appear in your Kindle/PC collection. So, with further congrats to Noelle for winning the Kindle edition of “The Rookie” and encouraging you all to try Kindle on your PC, check out the free selection and get your computer and your to-read pile to the 21st century!