Amazon's Kindle Reader covers browser bases, adds Firefox

Summary:Amazon just needs Microsoft's Internet Explorer and it will have most of its browser bases covered.

Amazon said that its Kindle Cloud Reader, an HTML5 Web app, is now available on Mozilla's Firefox. With the move, Amazon's Web-based reader app is available on Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari (iPad and desktop) and Firefox.

In other words, Amazon just needs Microsoft's Internet Explorer and it will have most of its browser bases covered with the Cloud Reader.

Amazon's Reader HTML5 experiment is worth watching given that many observers ultimately expected the Web to replace mobile apps at some point. However, that replacement cycle could take years, but it's clear that publishers want to control their own app destiny and want to write once for multiple platforms.

The Kindle Cloud Reader will work on Firefox 6 and above, according to a statement.


Topics: Enterprise Software, Amazon, Hardware


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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