Did you know that you don’t need a Kindle eReader or tablet to read ebooks from Amazon? It’s true: you can use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and a whole lot of other gadgets thanks to Amazon’s free Kindle app.

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There are several big players in the world of ebooks, but Amazon is the obvious choice for most people. With a massive selection and decent prices, along with matching Kindle hardware, it’s hardly surprising.

But if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can use that to buy and read Kindle books. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. From your device’s home screen, tap the App Store icon. If you can’t find it, swipe right until you see the search box and type App Store into it. You should see it at the top of the list of results.

iPhone 5 app store

Step 2. Tap Search at the bottom of the screen and type Kindle into the search bar. Tap the blue Search button and the Kindle app should be the first result (if not, scroll across until you find it.)

Install Kindle iOS app

Step 3. Tap the button marked Free and it will change to a green Install App button. Tap it to install the Kindle app – you will need to enter your Apple ID password.

Step 4. Once installed, the button will change to Open, which you can tap to launch the Kindle app. You will need to know your Amazon account username and password. If you don’t have one, you can create one on Amazon’s website, but not through the app.

Kindle app username and password

Step 5. At the top you can tap the headings to filter your Kindle content by books, magazines / newspapers, and your documents. At the bottom are two buttons, one (Cloud) which shows everything you’ve previously purchased, and another (Device) which lets you see everything stored locally. You can tap to download a book or other content from the Cloud list.

Kindle iOS app book list

Step 6. Simply tap on a book to start reading it. You can see your progress from the main screen by looking at how many blue dots are lit up. When reading, you can swipe to turn the page (backwards or forwards) and tap the screen to access options such as changing the font size, placing bookmarks and more.

Kindle iOS app reading view

Step 7. Hidden away in the bottom-right corner is a cog icon. Tap this to access the app’s settings. Here you can change the sort order, deregister your device as a Kindle, check your Send-to-Kindle email address, disable page animation and link social networks.

Kindle iOS app settings

NOTE: You can’t make purchases through the Kindle app. To buy new books, you’ll need to use Amazon’s website or a Kindle eReader.

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