Kindle's new app still won't let you buy books on an iPhoneIn fact, you can't purchase them from the Amazon app either. Granted, we can file this one under better late than never, but coverage seems warranted considering the fact that the issue has persisted for so long and isn't looking to be resolved in the immediate future. The matter dates all the way back to an App Store policy update in early , a time when the late Steve Jobs was still CEO and the company's App Store was only a few years old. In February , the company announced something of an expansion to that policy along with introducing a new subscription service that gave iOS users a centralized location to manage subscriptions for content-based apps such as newspapers, magazines, music and videos. Compounding the bad news, the same press release announced that apps would no longer be able to provide links bringing users outside of apps for transactions, which previously helped developers sidestep Apple's policy and its tax. It's not a matter of making less money, it would be zero profit. Kindle app on an iPad.
The Apple-Amazon standoff that makes it so annoying to buy ebooks on your iPhone
Apple will let you read it. But don't try to buy it. So I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPhone. And that was cool, too. Because then I had the benefits of being a Kindle owner again without having to buy another Kindle. And I also didn't have to lug around two devices or worry about whether my Kindle was charged or where it was, etc. But then it came time to buy a new Kindle book.
You can purchase Kindle books at any time using a web browser. Visit Kindle Store to start browsing. Browse or search for the Kindle titles you want to read. Select Buy Now. Note: In-app purchases are not supported for Kindle for iOS. After you buy a Kindle book, companion audiobook, or periodical, the title is saved to the Cloud. Titles you've purchased can be accessed from Manage Your Content and Devices.
Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad. Technically, you can, but not within the Amazon app. Luckily, there's a way to purchase e-books books outside of the Amazon app. Open the Safari app, and navigate to Amazon. On your Kindle or in your Kindle Reader on iPhone or iPad, tap the book you bought to download it to your device. Now get to reading!