This morning Amazon launched Kindle Cloud Reader, a service that gives you access to your Kindle library with no download required. The service can be used in both Chrome and Safari on both PCs and Macs, as well as Chromebooks and iPads.
Apple‘s in-app purchasing rules made it so Amazon recently removed the ability to purchase e-books from within its application on the iPhone/iPad. With the new Cloud Reader service purchases will once again be easy for users on those devices. In its press release Amazon even calls out iPad owners, and the ability to make in-app purchases “Kindle Cloud Reader on the iPad is optimized for the size and unique touch interface of iPad. Without even leaving the app, customers can start shopping in the Kindle Store and will find a unique and immersive shopping experience built specifically for iPad’s Safari browser.”
We are excited to take this leap forward in our ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere’ mission and help customers access their library instantly from anywhere,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “We have written the application from the ground up in HTML5, so that customers can also access their content offline directly from their browser. The flexibility of HTML5 allows us to build one application that automatically adapts to the platform you’re using – from Chrome to iOS. To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, we’ve added an integrated, touch optimized store directly into Cloud Reader, allowing customers one click access to a vast selection of books.”
You can check out Amazon’s Cloud Reader now by hitting up http://read.amazon.com. Check it out, and tell us what you think in the comments!