Kindle Cloud Reader: The latest from Amazon


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The Kindle Cloud Reader was announced by Amazon on Wednesday, the latest move from the online bookseller to own the e-reader market.

The Kindle Cloud Reader does just what it says: It allows users to read Kindle e-books that are stored in the cloud, rather than being downloaded, using a Web browser. It works with Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari but is not yet available for Firefox, Windows or BlackBerry.


Kindle users will see a library of the books they have purchased or downloaded for free. Reading can be synced across devices so readers know exactly where they are in an e-book whether they’re on the Kindle, their desktop or an iPad.

Although Amazon is calling its Cloud Reader an app, it isn’t something you can buy in Apple’s app store. In fact, after downloading it to your iPad or Apple laptop using the Safari Web browser, it allows you to go to Amazon’s online Kindle store.

This allows Amazon to offer Kindle e-book customers using Apple products an alternative to its current in-app purchase option, which is subject to fees imposed by Apple. ‘To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, we’ve added an integrated, touch optimized store directly into Cloud Reader,’ said Dorothy Nicholls, director of Amazon Kindle, in a press release.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg