You no longer have to own a Kindle to be able to read Kindle books, all you need is the Kindle Cloud Reader. Ebooks have changed the way we read and Kindle has been at the forefront of that action.
Now more than ever, the majority of ebooks released are being sold on Amazon, those are the folks that also came up with that Kindle device. You can find all sorts of eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle Store from self-published books to the New York Times’ bestsellers.
Previously, if you didn’t have a Kindle, you couldn’t read a Kindle book. But that has all changed now, you can read all of the ebooks you want. All you need to do is get the Kindle Cloud Reader. Up next we’re going to show you how.
Overview of the Kindle Cloud Reader
In 2011, Amazon launched the Kindle Cloud Reader as an alternative to its smartphone app Kindle eBook. The most significant advantage of this is that it helps remove the need for a Kindle reader. All you need to read a Kindle ebook is a free Amazon account, a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and a browser.
How the Kindle Cloud Reader Works
Let’s look at just what you can get out of that before you start using it. Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is that it allows you to read any book you bought from the Kindle Store right in your browser.
Here are a few more benefits it offers.
- A smooth GUI close to that of dedicated Kindle apps.
- An offline mode that lets you read Amazon Kindle books without having to use the internet (which we’ll show you how to use in this post later).
- A learning environment that can be customized.
- The ability to highlight text, add bookmarks, and directly write comments in the app.
- Automatic synchronization of the operation of your Kindle.
In short, the Kindle Cloud Reader is a respectable web-based alternative to the Kindle in all respects but one. In the next section, we are going to talk about that.
What You Don’t Know About the Kindle Cloud Reader
Remember that the Kindle Cloud Reader does not allow you to read personal documents. Those documents can include any of the ones on the following list.
- An EPUB book that you bought from the online bookstore outside Amazon.
- A file sent to you by a friend.
- A MOBI that you converted from an EPUB only recently.
The Kindle Cloud Reader only lets you read books you purchased directly from the Kindle Store, which is perhaps its biggest drawback. If you bought an ebook from the Barnes & Noble bookstore or downloaded an EPUB from another site, it will not be included in your Cloud Reader collection.
How to Use Kindle Cloud Reader Directly Through the Browser
Fortunately, Amazon made it incredibly intuitive and user-friendly.
The only real prerequisite for using the Kindle Cloud Reader is an Amazon account. If you already have one, proceed straight ahead and skip to the next move.
If you don’t have an Amazon account yet, don’t worry, Amazon’s made getting one very convenient. First go to Amazon’s homepage. If you hold your mouse over “Account & Lists,” you will see a drop-down menu in the top bar. Click the “Start Here” button — then fill in the necessary details.
Using the Kindle Cloud Reader Through Your Browser
Once you have signed in, you can see a friendly, clean GUI. If you’ve purchased Kindle books before, they’ll all be listed in the Cloud tab. You may decide whether to sort your books by date, author, or title purchased.
Plus, you’ve got a few ways to access your library. The left corner of the Squares icon provides a “Grid View” which displays the book covers, as above. Clicking the Lines icon next to it will arrange your books into a “Collection View” through the Kindle Cloud Reader.
The Kindle Cloud Reader lets you read books online from Amazon. It’s free and web-based, meaning readers can access it from any of their favorite web browsers. This means there is one less device you need to own. Plus, you’ve got access to a giant library within a few clicks.