Kindle Cloud Reader is Finally Here! Amazon Launches Web/Cloud Access to Your Entire Collection of Kindle Books
Clarity From the Top:
Today’s News is For Anyone Wanting Access to the Kindle Books They’ve Purchased. It’s Unrelated to an Amazon/OverDrive Announcement Expected Before the End of 2011 re: Library eBooks.***
It’s now available for the following web browsers:
3. Safari for iOS (Optimized for iPad)
In other words, a user can now access their entire library of Kindle titles from any computer with any of the browsers listed above. Plus, they can continue to read if/when an Internet connection is lost.
Amazon says support for additional browsers is coming soon.
This also means you can purchase and read Kindle titles without having to own a Kindle device.
More Kindle for the Cloud Facts and Features:
- Kindle Cloud Reader Utilizes HTML 5
- Web App includes Access to Kindle Store
- “Your current book is automatically made available for offline use, and you can choose to save a book for reading offline at any time.”
- “Select any book to start reading, customize the page layout to your desired font size, text color, background color, and more”
- View all of the notes, highlights, and bookmarks that you’ve made on other Kindle apps or on Kindle
- Sync your last page read across your Kindle and free Kindle apps so you can always pick up where you left off
What Does “Finally Here Mean”?
Kindle for the Web (now Cloud Reader) was first introduced as a early beta last September, 2010. Then, in December it was reintroduced . At that time Amazon said it would formally launch “in the coming months.” Some nine months later it’s now available.
*** We Don’t Know (But We’re Asking):
Whenever an Amazon/OverDrive Announcement is Made Will These Titles Also Be Accessible Using the New Cloud Reader?
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.