Kindle Cloud Reader

In the August 2011 Kindle KDP Newsletter, Amazon announced the Kindle Cloud Reader. He is what they have to say:

On August 10th, Amazon.com announced Kindle Cloud Reader, its latest Kindle reading application that leverages HTML5 and enables customers to read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser – online or offline – with no downloading or installation required. As with all Kindle apps, Kindle Cloud Reader automatically synchronizes your Kindle library, as well as your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights for all of your Kindle books, no matter how you choose to read them. Kindle Cloud Reader with its integrated touch optimized Kindle Store is available starting today for Safari on iPad, Safari on desktop and Chrome at http://www.amazon.com/cloudreader. The full press release is available by clicking here.

Although it took me three months just to get to the newsletter, as my inbox is a hot mess, I immediately signed into the Kindle Cloud Reader, and all my Kindle books magically appeared! Here are some directions.

These “clouds” are popping up everywhere, it seems. Since we all now have multiple devices, iPads, Smart Phones, laptops, desktops, work computers, etc., it’s wonderful to be able to access our content from any device. Apple’s switch from the frustrating MobileMe to the slightly less frustrating iCloud is one of these services, and as soon as I can justify the $40 with the risk of slowing down my already overworked MacBook Pro to update Snow Leopard to Lion, I’ll be able to sync my laptop with my iPhone and iPad, both of which automatically update each other with iCloud.

I suppose Dropbox can be considered the same, and I’ve been using this more and more as I travel and need to access documents from several places. Pretty cool, really. What do you think?

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