You Kindle fans may remember my original blog post on the Kindle: Stopping the Amazon Kindle for PC Application from Crashing on Windows 7
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
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)
Otherwise, here’s what you’ll experience in the application
Viewing your library – the default view
Viewing your library – the alternate list view
These buttons at the top control if you are looking at books online or offline
The first time you look at Downloaded ….
You’ll have to click Enable Offline
After you’ve installed the Cloud Reader, you can see it in your browser extensions
And then you can see the “Downloaded” list – again these are the books you can access offline
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.
A page of text. You will NOT be able to select text from these pages and copy them.
Finding Text. There isn’t any visible “Find” button, but just hit CTRL-F and you’ll see an text entry box appear…
I typed in “Inigo” – the name of one of the characters – and you’ll see his name is highlighted in the text
Page Navigation. At the bottom you can move to any specific page.