Kindle for the Web
After recently upgrading its Kindle app for Android phones, Amazon today rolled out Kindle for the Web, which will allow people to view and share book samples directly through their Web browsers.
As well as encouraging readers to buy e-books, Kindle for the Web has a big social networking component. People can share book samples with friends via e-mail or through Facebook and Twitter. Users can also embed a book sample in a personal web site or blog and earn referral fees on sales.
To access book samples, users simply click on the “Read first chapter FREE” button while they are reading the overview pages for a selected book. A new window will open containing the free book sample. To buy the full book, you click the “Get Kindle Edition” button and you can download the book to a Kindle, PC or other reading device.
Kindle for the Web is currently marked “beta” but it works with all the main browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Readers can alter font size, line spacing, and background color and more features are likely to be added later. Kindle for the Web will eventually be made available for mobile browsers.
“With Kindle for the Web, it's easier than ever for customers to sample Kindle books – there's no downloading or installation required,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director of Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for the Web is also a great way for bloggers and authors to promote books on their Web sites by letting visitors read a chapter without leaving their site.”
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