Reading on Chrome – July 2012

There was a post on the Kobo blog earlier this week about the Kobo Instant Reader, their browser based reading app. The post was nothing new, just a reminder that KIN worked on Chrome and that you could find it in the Chrome App Store.But their post did remind me that it has been quite some time since I last wrote a roundup post on reading apps for Chrome. I last looked at Chrome reading apps in December 2011 and Chrome now has a hell of a lot more reading options now.

First and foremost, you now have 4 major ebookstores with a browser based reading app, and they all work on Chrome. I don't like the browser reading apps because the Kobo, Kindle, et al apps for Windows are better, but it is great to know that you have the option.

  • Kindle
  • Kobo
  • Nook
  • Google Play Books

But that's not all you can do. There's a bunch of PDF tools for Chrome, including ones which will let you read, edit, create, and merge PDFs.

There are the RSS feed readers,  a couple Google News readers, and there are apps for Instapaper, Readability, and Pocket. As for comics, I can see apps for AveComics , Marvel, and Graphicly.

The reading community Wattpad has a Chrome app, and so does its less well known competition BookieJar. And of course there are apps that can play audiobooks.

That's not a very broad selection when compared to Windows, OSX, or Android, but it's a lot better than it was only 8 months ago.

Chrome App Store


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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.”

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