Kindle Cloud Reader Goes International – Now Works With All Kindle Stores

kindle-icon1[1]Amazon must be truly distracted by their ongoing issue with Hachette, because they had a major product launch yesterday with almost no fanfare.The Kindle Cloud Reader, Amazon's browser-based reading app, is now compatible with most (all?) local Kindle stores. I have reports coming in from the UK, Germany, India, and Australia, and a brief check of Amazon's websites for Spain, France, Italy, and Canada confirms that this reading app now works with most local Kindle Stores.The Kindle Cloud Reader can be found at read.amazon.com, or a local variation thereof.

This app was initially launched in August 2011 as a response to Apple demanding a 30% vig of ebook sales. At that time the app only worked with the main Kindle Store at Amazon.com, and only on certain web browsers (in particular, Safari), but as time went by Amazon expanded support and released a Chrome web app.

That web app has been updated this week, so it too should work with local Kindle Stores. (I'm told Amazon also took the Kindle Cloud Reader and then turned it into the Kindle app for Windows 8, but I cannot confirm that.)

Kindle Cloud Reader has proven to be a fairly useful backup to Amazon's other Kindle apps, but it has never gotten the same attention as Amazon's other apps. It still lacks support for personal docs (I just checked), and it doesn't support all types of content sold in the Kindle Store. And unlike Kobo's competing app, the Kindle Cloud Reader frankly isn't as good as, for example, the Kindle app for the iPad.

Given the lack of attention from Amazon, it's not clear what purpose the Kindle Cloud Reader serves, other than perhaps an early test bed for the idea of a cloud reading app. But at least with the international launch this week readers now have another option.

 

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Kindle Cloud Reader Goes International – Now Works With All Kindle Stores

  1. At least for Canada, the Kindle Cloud Reader has been available since launch. I use it as a Chrome app, in fact, and have for quite a long time. I am based in Toronto.

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