You Kindle fans may remember my original blog post on the Kindle: Stopping the Amazon Kindle for PC Application from Crashing on Windows 7

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Here’s what happened since that post

  • A lot of people read the post
    • Most were helped by the instructions
    • Some said the instructions made no difference
  • Some months later, the problem simply disappeared from all my machines – I reinstall windows a lot and the next time I installed the Kindle for PC application it just worked.
  • As of today (2011/8/10)  you no longer need the Kindle for PC application to read your Kindle e-Books: Amazon has released the Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000579091

What to Know about the Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader

  • It’s free
  • It’s available now
  • You can start using it right now: https://read.amazon.com/
  • It is an HTML 5 web app
  • It supports offline reading – so you can read even when disconnected
  • It works with PCs, Macs, Linux, iPads – anything that uses Chrome , Firefox, Safari – that’s right it doesn’t work with Internet Explorer
  • It does most of the things you need in your Kindle for PC application, but not all

SCREENSHOTS

First go to https://read.amazon.com/

If you go there with Internet Explorer (even version 9), you’ll see they don’t support it (yet)

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Otherwise, here’s what you’ll experience in the application

Viewing your library – the default view

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Viewing your library – the alternate list view

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These buttons at the top control if you are looking at books online or offline

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The first time you look at Downloaded ….

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You’ll have to click Enable Offline

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After you’ve installed the Cloud Reader, you can see it in your browser extensions

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And then you can see the “Downloaded” list – again these are the books you can access offline

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Now let’s look at the reading experience. I’ll pick Peter F. Hamilton’s “The Dreaming Void”

The cover – not sure why the nice cover I saw in the previous screen is not shown.

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A page of text. You will NOT be able to select text from these pages and copy them.

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View Settings…

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Finding Text. There isn’t any visible “Find” button, but just hit CTRL-F and you’ll see an text entry box appear…

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I typed in “Inigo” – the name of one of the characters – and you’ll see his name is highlighted in the text

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Page Navigation. At the bottom you can move to any specific page.

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