Amazon has a new way for you to read your Kindle ebooks, via a Web app. It works in Google Chrome or Safari on a computer or iPad, and is a cunning Apple dodge...
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As if having access to your Kindle library on your iPhone, Android phone, tablet and, er, Kindle wasn't enough, you can now read your books in your browser. That is, so long as you're using Google Chrome, or Safari on a computer or iPad.
The new Web app from Amazon is called Kindle Cloud Reader, and it works like this. Once you sign in with your Amazon account, it'll put all of the ebooks you've bought with that account in pleasing rows. Click on one (or tap it if you're using an iPad) and it'll open, spilling rays of literary light directly into your lobes.
Impressively, you can also download books from within the browser, and save them for offline reading.
It works remarkably well, and would suit a little recreational reading in front of your PC, if you're bored on your lunch break and fancy procrastinating. Because it works on Google's Chrome Web browser, you could use this service as a Kindle app for your Chromebook, if you own one.
We love the idea of accessing our Kindle books from just about anywhere, but there's a sneakier reason for Amazon introducing a Web-based reading app.
Apple recently changed its terms, so that app developers are no longer allowed to provide purchase links to outside sites within apps. Instead, anything you buy must be purchased within the app, and Apple takes a 30 per cent cut.