I wrote a few weeks ago about the Apple in-app purchase policy forcing ebook vendors to shut down their integrated ebook stores. Kobo then came out and said they were working on a web-based reader and store, but it seems that Amazon beat them to it with the Kindle Cloud Reader shown in my image gallery.
|Image Gallery: Check out some key screenshots of the Kindle Cloud Player on an Apple iPad.|
As you can see in my Kindle Cloud Reader image gallery there is a pop-up that shows you how to set aside 50MB on your iPad to store ebooks for offline reading. You are prompted along the way so after tapping and holding on an book cover you will be told what you need to do. Many of the great features in the dedicated app are present in the Kindle Cloud Reader, including:
- Font sizes (five are available)
- Background colors (white, sepia, and black)
- Jump to Table of Contents, beginning, or custom location
- Manage bookmarks
The primary reason to use this over the app is the integrated store experience and as you can see the store looks great in the Safari iPad web browser. You can still purchase books and then jump back to the dedicated app and have them appear in your library, which is what I will likely do and am not sure why you would want to spend much time reading in the browser when there is a dedicated application available.