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Kindle cloudreader
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:58:48 PM »
Here's something different for Kindle owners - The Kindle Cloud reader. Don't switch off yet because this is mildly interesting!

Kindle owners can go to https://read.amazon.com/about and register. You will then be able to download books that you have purchased and read them in your web browser (Firefox or Chrome for PC/Mac/Linux, Safari 5+ on the Mac/PC, or Safari on the iPad). This will allow you to read your books on the computer via the browser.

Now I know some will say, "Why would I want to do that when I have the books on my Kindle"? You could also read them with software such as Calibre. Dealing with the last point first, most people will have one of the required browsers and so no additional software is required. You can read your books offline.

The real advantage comes when you have technical books with small diagrams or coloured images. I have been very disappointed how the kindle handles technical publications, especially books that I just want to dip into. This is perfect.

This is how Amazon describe it:

Buy Once, Read Everywhere
Kindle Cloud Reader runs in your web browser but looks and acts just like an app—and you can continue reading even if you lose your internet connection.
Shop over a million ebooks in the Kindle Store.
Already have Kindle ebooks? Read them in any supported web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

At the end of the day, it's free. Why not take it for a spin!

Bob
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Re: Kindle cloudreader
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 10:01:09 AM »
Bob, does that mean you can see photographs in colour on books you download via Kindle?
My main disappointment with my kindle is that photos,maps and recipes are in black and white.

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Re: Kindle cloudreader
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 10:08:27 AM »
Bob, does that mean you can see photographs in colour on books you download via Kindle?
My main disappointment with my kindle is that photos,maps and recipes are in black and white.

Yes it does but only when reading it on the cloudreader in your browser. I have used it to check out a techie book on scanning that I was really disappointed with on the Kindle. It was one of those books that I dip into now and again.

Using the cloudreader, I can now see all the coloured illustrations and read the minute footnotes etc.

As I say, as long as you use one of the browsers specified, why not try it? I use it with Chrome and it's brilliant!

The only caveat that I will add is that it only works with books that you have bought through Amazon so any that you have obtained elsewhere or converted from other formats will not be available to you. You will need to uses something like 'Calibre' for that!

Bob
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Re: Kindle cloudreader
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 11:15:19 AM »
I must try this with cookery books. I like to see what the finished article should look like which on the Kindle is very difficult.

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Re: Kindle cloudreader
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 01:07:17 PM »
Many thanks for the info that now means I can read hubbies Kindle books on my iPad.

Regards Denise
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Re: Kindle cloudreader
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 01:13:01 PM »
Many thanks for the info that now means I can read hubbies Kindle books on my iPad.

Regards Denise

Denise,

I never thought of that! I take it that you have tried it.

Bob
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