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Absolute Garbage - I'm switching to Kobo
November 16, 2017
I used to love reading books on my Surface Pro but since buying a new one and finding out there is no longer Windows app available, I've been forced to use the desktop application. Let me tell you straight up - the Kindle application for PC is an absolute joke. Where to start?
The Interface (UI) - the interface is pathetic. You can make your page black but, unfortunately, the page only takes up about 25% of the available screen space and the rest of the screen stays the same colour. That means you can forget about reading in a dark room or before bed from this application. There is no way to make the "page" - I put the word in inverted commas because it's more like a tiny strip down the middle of the screen - do anything like fill the screen, even in "full screen" mode, no matter which way you orient your device or what options you try. Even the way the UI looks is what you'd expect from the very lamest freeware, like something that was made 20 years ago and has hardly been updated since.
Features - you don't get any of the features they advertise, they seem to be reserved for users of other platforms. To be fair, the application is usable as a librarian/organiser for your books but not in any way useful as an actual reader. You'll be lucky if you can manage half a page of text per screen. Then there is the complete lack of right-click functionality, which you'd expect could be really handy in an application like this. Honestly, though, I can't think of the last time I encountered a software application with no right-click functionality at all. Even Notepad has a right-click menu. You get a limited one in the Library but nothing at all on the reading side.
Overall - Amazon should be ashamed and embarrassed to offer something so clearly useless to their customers. When you compare it to the Windows 8 (Metro) app or any phone app, it simply doesn't measure up. It's so bad that it got me looking at the Kobo app, which is everything this application is not - the Kobo app feels modern and slick and looks like it will be a joy to use as an eReader. It's also got a great built-in store that makes it dead simple to buy books. It's so much better that, after thinking about it long and hard, I've decided that once I finish the books I have, I'm going to get myself a Kobo and sell my Kindle on eBay. I won't put up with being treated like a second-class citizen and you shouldn't, either.