Though Amazon initially complied with Apple’s recent change to the iOS terms and removed a link to the Amazon eBookstore from the iOS Kindle app, it appears the online retailer was working on a web-based alternative.
Despite Amazon keeping mum, the Kindle Cloud Reader (a web-based version of the Kindle eBook reader app) is currently live. Thanks to HTML 5 users can read books from the cloud or download books for offline reading.
The app officially supports Chrome and Safari, according to Amazon, which means it works on PCs, Macs, Linux and Chromebooks. But most importantly it works on the iPad, with Amazon pointing this fact out on its website, claiming optimization for iPad and shopping capabilities.
Under the new terms, iOS apps cannot sell content from the developers within the app, i.e. no links to outside stores are allowed. With the Kindle Cloud Reader, Amazon has found a loophole. Users experience what feels like a native app, though Amazon does not have to adhere to Apple’s iOS regulations.
While the iPad is supported, allowing consumers the ability to switch back and forth between the store and their libraries, iPhone owners will have to use the native Kindle app to read books on their smartphones. Though the Kindle Cloud Reader is not currently available on the iPhone, Amazon could once again be keeping hush on its developments.
Users of Kindle books should keep in mind that the cloud version, along with the downloaded version, is still limited to a set number of devices. So if you are over the limit, you will not be able to read books in the cloud.