We reported back in October, that Amazon was working on a web based e-reading solution entitled Kindle for the Web. It seems the program is out of Beta and we will be getting a full preview of the new cloud based e-reading solution.
This is great timing to release the program out of beta, seeing as though the Google eBook store just came out yesterday. Kindle for Web allows you to read samples and full Kindle books right on your web browser. If you decide to purchase the ebook, not only can you read it on most internet browsers out there, but you can also read it on your Kindle, or Kindle app for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android.
If you want to preview an ebook, you can simply click the “Read first chapter FREE” button on a book product page on Amazon or on other referral websites, and the first chapter will open within the web page. Customers can change the font size and line spacing, adjust the background color, and share their favorite books with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail–all without leaving the book in the browser.
“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, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for the Web is also a great way for bloggers and authors to promote books on their websites by letting visitors read a chapter without leaving their site.”
So basically if you are an existing Amazon Affiliate or if you are web or ebook store owner, you can host ebook samples to your site if it supports embedded content. Apparently, if you can setup script tags on your hosting platform you can take advantage of this new program. This will be an excellent way you can have your readers stay on your Blog, Store, or Website and keep them there until they make a buying decision. If you are not an Amazon Affiliate you can find out more information on joining the program and its features HERE.
Check out more information on Kindle for the Web, HERE.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.