Amazon's unveils web-based Kindle cloud reader

Amazon's unveils web-based Kindle cloud reader

Summary: Take a first look at Amazon's web-based Kindle cloud reader.

TOPICS: Browser, Amazon

Frustrated by the fact that Amazon has had to remove the link to the Kindle Store from the iOS Kindle app? Want to read your Kindle books via the browser on your PC or iPad?

Now you can!

Here is Amazon's web-based Kindle cloud reader. And it works!

The web-based Kindle reader is compatible with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chromebooks, the Safari browser on PC and the Mac, and the Safari browser on the iPad (requires iOS 4+).

Just to be clear here, Amazon hasn't officially announced this service yet, so it's safe to say that it isn't fully finished, so expect that things will go wrong if you use it!

[UPDATE: Cloud Reader is now a live link in the Kindle store on

Looks like it's ready to roll!]

[UPDATE 2: And now Amazon makes Kindle Cloud Reader official.

Here are some highlights from the press release:

- Automatically the Kindle library, as well as last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights for all Kindle books

- Current book is automatically made available for offline use

- Immediate web updates

- Customize the page layout to your desired font size, text color, background color, and more

- Kindle Cloud Reader will be available on additional web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, the BlackBerry PlayBook browser, and other mobile browsers, in the coming months


And a page from a book I'm enjoying ... Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne.

Once a book has been downloaded it is available offline (this isn't perfect on the iPad, but if you have the book already open in the browser then things work fine).

Features such as bookmarks and the book is automatically opened to the furthest read point.

What do you think?

Topics: Browser, Amazon

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  • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

    So what's the difference on the iPad between the original app and the cloud reader? Where's the benefit?
    • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader


      Did you notice the "Kindle Store" icon?
      No 30% Apple tax, that's the different.
    • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

      @auheel Amazon is evading the Apple tax. The real question--will they remove their apps from Apple's store to drive people to the webstore? Eventually, I hope so.
      • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

        @rlorenz I'm wondering if you still need the Kindle app in order to read your books offline.
  • Tried it

    And I am keeping it.
    Works the same as the app version
    Can connect from Amazon directly
    A restricted app I can turn off (baaad Apple.....)

    I can see Amazon keeping this as their flagship version.
    Nce initial web app. :)
    • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

      Just buy a Kindle... and yes I own an iPad and never had the Amazon app... Kindle is better.
    • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

      @rhonin Looking at it now and it seems pretty decent. It's just a shame that they had to resort to this. Apple took what used to be a big positive about the iPad and turned it into a big negative. When I start replacing my iOS devices, you can bet I will be looking a lot harder at the alternatives. This move by Apple has left a sour taste in my mouth.
  • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader

    The first book I tried to download for offline reading on my iPad gave me an error message indicating there isn't enough room. It's a travel guidebook, so it is bigger than the average volume, but if space is that tight, I can't see how this will come close to substituting for the Kindle app. There does not seem to be any way to expand storage beyond the 50MB that is allocated when first launching the web app. Nice idea, but it seems to need some fine tuning.
    Andy Parsons
    • RE: Amazon's secret web-based Kindle cloud reader