What is Kindle Cloud Reader
Kindle Cloud Reader is familiar to those who often buy e-books at Amazon. Every time you select an e-book and choose a delivery method, you could see the "Deliver to someone's Kindle Cloud Reader" option. Generally we choose "Deliver to Kindle" so that we can directly read the book on our Kindle device. Some others may choose "Deliver to Kindle for PC" if they have installed Kindle for PC. For most people, these two methods are enough so that it seems like few people will notice the "Deliver to Kindle Cloud Reader" option. So what does the Kindle Cloud Reader do? Does it have some advantages? This article will tell you something about Kindle Cloud Reader and you'll get to know the charm of it.
1. What is Kindle Cloud Reader
Kindle Cloud Reader is a web app for online reading and library management. It's designed primarily for people who don't have Kindle device or don't want to install any extra software. Just choose "deliver to Kindle Cloud Reader" and then click "Read now in Kindle Cloud Reader" button, the splendid content will directly display in your browser.
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2. How to access Kindle Cloud Reader
Every time you type in the URL: read.amazon.com, you'll get access to the Kindle Cloud Reader. Save this site as a bookmark so that you don't need to type the URL next time. The Google Chrome also provides an extension. Search "cloud reader" in Chrome Web store and click "ADD TO CHROME". Then an icon will show at the top menu bar. You can click it to access Kindle Cloud Reader at any time.
3. Supported Browsers
Even though Kindle Cloud Reader is a web app, it isn't like a common webpage that you can open it in any browser. This is due to the fact that the Kindle Cloud Reader is based on HTML5, a new and strong web standard which some browsers don't support. At present Kindle Cloud Reader is available in Google Chrome, Apple Safari(both in PC and iPad), Mozilla Firefox. Yes, what you read is right-The widely used Internet Explorer isn't one of them! If you type in the URL: read.amazon.com in your IE, all you get is a notification like this:
As for reading experience, the Kindle for PC is not as brilliant as Calibre. It just provides some general settings such as font size, background color, line width, brightness. Although with simple functions, it do has some design of humanization like you can add notes and highlights and look up words with its built-in dictionary which is very helpful in learning foreign language.
4. Main features of Kindle Cloud Reader
1. Offline reading
Kindle Cloud Reader provides an offline reading mode. It can store content as much as 50MB. When the space is full, the older content will be deleted. First time you access Kindle Cloud Reader, you have to set up the offline reading. There is no complicated setting. Just do as it prompts.
Kindle Cloud Reader will automatically store the books you read recently. You can also store books by yourself. Right click or long press (on iPad) the cover of a book and choose "Download & Pin Book" option and the book will begin downloading. All stored book can be found at "Download" tab.
One thing must be pointed out is that the download content is stored locally by browser, not bound with your account. That means if you change the browser or computer, the download books will disappear. But all the books you bought and the bookmarks and notes will not lose as they are reserved at Amazon server.
2. Library management
We can easily manage books by Kindle Cloud Reader. Like native Kindle App and Kindle for PC, the Kindle Cloud Reader supports three sorting orders (title, author, recent) and two display modes (grid and list). You can also adjust the cover size (not supports iPad).
All your books are listed at the Cloud tab. Only the books you download will be stored at the Download tab. If you concern about the space (only 50MB), just right click or long press the book cover and choose "Remove Book" then the book will get deleted. This operation won't delete the book actually, you can download it again at Cloud tab.
3. E-book customization
Kindle Cloud Reader provides rich options for you to customize your reading. You can adjust font size, margins, color mode, or look up words, take notes and highlight text.
4. Sync with your Kindle
The sync feature makes us read seamlessly. Just click the sync icon and all your content such as new books, reading progress, bookmarks, will be refreshed. If you find that there is a delay when syncing, don't worry, just close the Kindle Cloud Reader and reload it.
5. Optimized for iPad
Amazon claims that the Kindle Cloud Reader can get a better experience on iPad. Besides some menu layout difference, this mainly refers to the Kindle Store. In PC browser, the Kindle Store of Kindle Cloud Reader links to a normal Amazon site. But on the Safari of iPad, the Kindle Store looks like a native app- UI elements are laid out in big, touchable areas and navigation is designed for the touchscreen user.