Apple kills Kindle App’s link to, here’s what you can do to create your own

If you’re just now joining this on-going story (a tale from the farce genre), you may be wondering why such the big deal over Apple making Amazon remove from its Kindle App (iOS version) a link to the web-based Kindle store. I’m sorry, you’ll have to catch up on your own.*

But last night, the Kindle iPad App was “updated” and that link is now gone. (Advice: Don’t update it until it stops working.)

If Apple is going to force Amazon to take away that link, I thought I’d show you how to put an even better link — heck, several links — in an even better location on your iPad’s home screen. Note: Once you purchase an eBook on the website (via your iPad or on a computer), it will appear on the “Archived Items” page of up to five devices you have approved for access your Kindle account on

If you’re reading this somewhere other than my blog, you may want to visit it to see the illustrated directions below:

*This is a post I wrote when first learning about the changes in Apple’s licensing agreement. And here is a post from last month when Apple gave up on the most ridiculously illegal aspect of the license. I was hoping Amazon would fight the no-link policy as well. But I imagine Amazon has decided, why fight Apple in the courtroom when, they can fight them in the marketplace with a touch-screen device of their own.

  • thanks for sharing that. booo on apple.

  • I haven’t tried this one yet, but the Financial Times HTML 5 “app” (or, rather, bookmark) does a great job of walking you through the process of making appear as an app.u00a0u00a0 Does Amazon not offer a similar download step-by-step experience?u00a0u00a0 I saw Kobo also plans an HTML 5 solution to offer an “app like” purchasing experience as well.nnP.S. I like the fact at the ATT iPhone 5 story below the one you link to uses the Bat Building as the image.

  • I believe “mobile app” has become the term to describe web apps optimized for such devices. We’re doing an event app that has home screen icon, a loading page (while safari is loading in the background, a graphic appears full screen) — works on android and ios devices. I predict very very few who use it will know it’s not “an app” — except they’ve already started wondering why they didn’t have to download it from the app store — but just had to follow a little message that appeared when they went to the URL we sent them to.

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