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Old 08-10-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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FYI - Kindle now has a cloud reader. It seems to have basic functionality right now. You can create bookmarks and view notes/highlights. However, you can't add notes/highlights, and there doesn't seem to be dictionary support at this time. I'm using the Chrome Web App version. This definitely has potential.
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FYI - Kindle now has a cloud reader. It seems to have basic functionality right now. You can create bookmarks and view notes/highlights. However, you can't add notes/highlights, and there doesn't seem to be dictionary support at this time. I'm using the Chrome Web App version. This definitely has potential.
It has a Kindle Store button and it works on an iPad. I hope Mr. Jobs is gratified that HTML5 is turning out to be so versatile.
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It has a Kindle Store button and it works on an iPad. I hope Mr. Jobs is gratified that HTML5 is turning out to be so versatile.
His famous "you don't need flash just HTML5 support" statement might have bitten him in the butt!

I don't see a way to sideload books though. I doubt I'll try the app anytime soon as I've pretty much given up using the iPad for reading. I now just use my Android phone and the Kindle 3. I wonder if the Android app will get updated to function similarly?

Also, this new app is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer 9. It require Chrome or Safari to run on Windows.

EDIT: I hate the so-called cloud. I want total access all the time to my library, documents, photos, etc. I wish these cloud-happy companies would buzz off. It is merely a way to make the cellular providers even more wealthy.

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His famous "you don't need flash just HTML5 support" statement might have bitten him in the butt!

I don't see a way to sideload books though. I doubt I'll try the app anytime soon as I've pretty much given up using the iPad for reading. I now just use my Android phone and the Kindle 3. I wonder if the Android app will get updated to function similarly?

Also, this new app is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer 9. It require Chrome or Safari to run on Windows.

EDIT: I hate the so-called cloud. I want total access all the time to my library, documents, photos, etc. I wish these cloud-happy companies would buzz off. It is merely a way to make the cellular providers even more wealthy.
It can use improvement and I'm sure it will get it. 'Zon has their foot in the door, at least.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:58 PM   #8
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I hate the so-called cloud. I want total access all the time to my library, documents, photos, etc. I wish these cloud-happy companies would buzz off. It is merely a way to make the cellular providers even more wealthy.
I understand how you feel. As consumers, we need to become more and more tech savvy so that we can be sure to actually "hold on" to the things we've purchased.
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Also, this new app is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer 9. It require Chrome or Safari to run on Windows.
Please don't tell me you still use IE ... ...IE sucks ... I don't even use it at work.


Chrome and Firefox are faster and better, even more secure. Try any of those, and you'll see. The pages download faster and they even use less RAM.
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I tried it out via the Safari web browser on Windows 7. I'm not impressed. It is the same old stuff that Amazon cannot seem to get past, mainly lack of formatting. Still no font choices. Still no Kindle font. I sure hope their new Kindles, if they exist, have better formatting control. I was hoping this new app would, but nope.

I don't really care about a button to go to the Kindle store. Big whoop. I always shop at Amazon via a web browser on a desktop anyway, then download the files to my devices, or sideload them after stripping the DRM and making the format easier to read.
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I tried it out via the Safari web browser on Windows 7. I'm not impressed. It is the same old stuff that Amazon cannot seem to get past, mainly lack of formatting. Still no font choices. Still no Kindle font. I sure hope their new Kindles, if they exist, have better formatting control. I was hoping this new app would, but nope.

I don't really care about a button to go to the Kindle store. Big whoop. I always shop at Amazon via a web browser on a desktop anyway, then download the files to my devices, or sideload them after stripping the DRM and making the format easier to read.
Jack,

This came out a few hours ago. Look how nice Kindle for iOs look now. Not perfect, but took some time to refine.

This is by no means a Kindle device replacement, but think about this as another way to enjoy or read your Amazon books.
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Jack,

This came out a few hours ago. Look how nice Kindle for iOs look now. Not perfect, but took some time to refine.

This is by no means a Kindle device replacement, but think about this as another way to enjoy or read your Amazon books.
Kindle for iOS looks pretty much like this app, except with this app you cannot select text for dictionary lookup and highlighting and you cannot search within books. Otherwise Kindle for iOS is crap as you cannot change fonts are do much formatting. Not that it matters as I cannot read on my iPad anyway with that low resolution screen and lackluster text rendering. I mostly read on the K3 or my Android phone.
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Kindle for iOS looks pretty much like this app, except with this app you cannot select text for dictionary lookup and highlighting and you cannot search within books. Otherwise Kindle for iOS is crap as you cannot change fonts are do much formatting. Not that it matters as I cannot read on my iPad anyway with that low resolution screen and lackluster text rendering. I mostly read on the K3 or my Android phone.
Hmmm, I disagree.

I don't think Kindle for iOs is crap. Granted, I prefer my Kindle 3, is eink, but the Kindle for iOs does a decent job. Actually, I personally believe that the iOs version is better than the Android counterpart, now that you mention your Android phone, which for sure is more uncomfortable to read giving the screen size. I doubt your cellphone screen is bigger than iPad's.

I won't comment on the iPad resolution. I think is a great tablet though.
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This is great for a number of reasons

1) Books you actually buy from amazon you can get now on your laptop..so combined with calibre everything on kindles can be read on other computers

2) Notes and highlights I make on the kindle I can see in cloud... so I can look back

I have to wonder how many i.p's they'd allow per account at once. It could be interesting from a teaching perspective to put notes and highlights of a texbook and then let others see them
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