After a short-lived trial period, Amazon Kindle for the Web has now expanded, allowing anybody with access to a web browser to buy and read full Kindle books without the need to download or install any peripheral software, thanks to HTML5.
The news comes shortly after the Google eBookstore went live on December 6, and rather than attempting to compete directly, Amazon has teamed up with Google by embedding Kindle for the Web directly into the Google Chrome Webstore. In addition, Kindle for the Web is compatible with the Chrome OS and therefore compatible with the recently-announced Cr-48 Chrome notebook.
With the update, web browsers join Amazon’s host of various Kindle-enabled platforms, which include the iPad, the iPhone, the Blackberry, Android-based devices, and, of course, the Kindle itself. Like any of the Kindle applications on other devices, a cloud service can be utilized with Kindle for Web, allowing readers to sync up to gain access to their library, bookmarks, last page read, notes, and highlights.