Amazon, Google Offer Easy Web eBook Access

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eBooks are getting easier to access.

Amazon confirmed it will expand its Kindle for the Web feature in coming months to permit the full browsing and buying of eBooks from any Web browser without the need to download an app or software.

Plus Google launched its own Cloud-based eBookstore this week called Google eBooks. It lets you access eBooks from just about any device with an Internet connection and a modern browser, but it will NOT work with the Kindle, confirmed Google. It will however, work with Sony Readers and Barnes & Noble’s Nook and about 80 other eReaders, plus the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.

Google eBooks stores your eBooks in the Cloud and bookmarks them so they open to the last page you were reading across many devices.

In Amazon’s case, users will be able to read Kindle books on devices from within a browser without needing a separate app. It will work in iPads, iPod touches, iPhones, Macs, PCs, BlackBerrys, Android devices and the Kindle. All bookmarks, notes, highlights remain available. “Anyone with access to a web browser can discover the seamless and consistent experience that comes with Kindle books,” said VP Kindle content Russ Grandinetti.

Kindle for the Web will permit eBookstores to offer Kindle books from their own Web sites (and get referral fees from Amazon).

The first version of Kindle for Web was announced 2 months ago but it only lets users sample passages from books on the Web.

Kindle for the Web was demoed at Google’s Chrome event Tuesday.

Source: Amazon and Google

Photo: Kindle for the Web via Engadget

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