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Help! Can't open Kindle Reader for PC
#1  Bookchin 02-06-2021, 12:01 PM
My Kindle reading app for PC on my desktop suddenly won't open for some reason.

I click on the Kindle link in my start menu and it starts initializing with a spinning donut for a few seconds, then stops.

I tried rebooting my computer a few times (thinking Kindle maybe just wasn't loading up properly) but to no avail.

I'm on Windows 7 32-bit
Kindle reader version 4.8.1.10 (it says this version is 2018)

Appreciate any advice.
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#2  salty-horse 02-07-2021, 05:56 AM
I'm unfamliar with that version number. The "Kindle for PC" Windows versions released by Amazon all have version numbers like 1.X, and not 4.X.X.X

Have you tried downloading the latest version 1.30.0 at https://www.amazon.com/kindleapps?
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#3  JSWolf 02-07-2021, 06:27 AM
Kindle 4.8.1.10 is a version for Android.

It could be that because this is from 2018 that it's time to update to the latest version.
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#4  haertig 02-07-2021, 11:16 AM
Quote Bookchin
I'm on Windows 7 32-bit
Kindle reader version 4.8.1.10
Quote JSWolf
Kindle 4.8.1.10 is a version for Android
"Houston, we have a problem."

Are you using Android Studio or some other emulator to run Android software on Windows?
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#5  IsabellaMeekins1 02-08-2021, 06:53 AM
Check on Google Kindle Reader and you will find a website where you can log in and read the books you have purchased. It's more convenient and better than the app in my experience. No emulator or other things needed that often don't work as I want, just a reliable web browser
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#6  Quoth 02-08-2021, 07:45 AM
Quote IsabellaMeekins1
... Kindle Reader and you will find a website where you can log in and read the books you have purchased. It's more convenient and better than the app in my experience. No emulator or other things needed that often don't work as I want, just a reliable web browser
1) Google isn't the only search engine.
2) Presumably it's Amazon's Cloud reader. Tells Amazon what you are reading and how much of it. Bad idea. No search needed, there is a link in Manage my Devices and Content, AKA Kindle Cloud Library in your Amazon account. Which you need to buy Amazon Kindle ebooks!
3) just a reliable web browser: An oxymoron. There is no such thing and also it needs an always on Internet connection.
4) Not really portable. Totally inferior to an eInk Kindle.
5) What do you use the web browser on? An LCD screen on a phone, tablet or laptop?
6) No emulator needed to read Amazon ebooks. Either use the app on a phone or tablet, or get an eink Kindle.
7) If you have an eink Kindle and Download to PC for USB transfer you have a backup. Also can read with no internet. Very little extra work you can then read the ebook in any ereader app or any eink ereader.

Using a web browser is crazy way to read. I even copy & paste big web articles in LO Writer, quickly fix styles and images and make an ebook to read off-line and in comfort.
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#7  Sirtel 02-08-2021, 12:11 PM
Quote Quoth

Using a web browser is crazy way to read. I even copy & paste big web articles in LO Writer, quickly fix styles and images and make an ebook to read off-line and in comfort.
I read all articles in a web browser, no matter how long. Pretty comfortably. Not books, though. It all depends on one's personal preferences. As articles are a quick read compared to books, generally under an hour, I would never waste time on styling and formatting them.
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#8  Quoth 02-09-2021, 11:33 AM
I'd only bother for BIG articles.

I maybe should have bolded big.
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#9  Bookchin 02-12-2021, 01:09 AM
Quote salty-horse
I'm unfamliar with that version number. The "Kindle for PC" Windows versions released by Amazon all have version numbers like 1.X, and not 4.X.X.X

Have you tried downloading the latest version 1.30.0 at https://www.amazon.com/kindleapps?
I was going by something I saw when I did a Start Menu search for 'Kindle'.

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I just went to my programs now to check it that way, and I see that the version is: 1.30.059056 I also noticed in the programs that it says it was installed on Feb 6, 2021. But I never installed it.

Does Kindle do automatic updates?

If it was recently updated why can't I open it?
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#10  jhowell 02-12-2021, 03:41 PM
Quote Bookchin
Does Kindle do automatic updates?
Yes. In fact it will update even if you select the option for it to not do so.

Quote Bookchin
If it was recently updated why can't I open it?
Possibly something went wrong with the update process. I suggest you uninstall it, reboot, and then reinstall the version you want. Also see the section "Preventing undesired app updates" in this post.
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