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Amazon unveils Kindle ebook web app

Read Kindle books online in web browsers

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Amazon has announced another way for users to read ebooks purchased from its Kindle online ebook store, in the form of a new Kindle web app, due to launch in 2011. 

Kindle for the Web uses HTML 5, and allows readers to read ebooks in their browsers, in full colour and including any pictures which are embedded in the ebook.

Amazon’s Kindle service already offers cross-platform compatibility, with ebooks purchased from Amazon.co.uk synchronised across all the user’s devices. Kindle iPhone and iPod Touch apps launched in 2009, apps for iPad, Android and BlackBerry were made available this year, and PC and Mac users already have access to desktop apps on their computers.

The Kindle web app announcement comes in the same week as Google launched its eBookstore, which also offers in-browser ebook reading, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

Like Google’s eBookstore, Kindle for the Web will also allow bookshops, authors, retailers, bloggers and other website owners to offer Kindle ebooks on their websites and earn affiliate fees, according to Russ Grandinetti, vice president, Kindle content. 

To learn more about e-books and e-book readers, take a look at our ebook reader reviews including the Amazon Kindle 3G.

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