Even if you do not have Kindle e-reader or the application on your tablet or smartphone, you can easily access Kindle books without a hitch. For this, you have to open a special URL address on your web browser.
Kindle Cloud Reader is a web-based application that you can access on your Amazon account.
The interface is similar to the Kindle app and you don’t require an Amazon Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader. You can say goodbye to the small screen of smartphone now as you get a large screen to read comfortably.
Many users get confused with Kindle Cloud Library, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Amazon Cloud Reader. Let’s have a closer look at each of them.
Kindle Cloud Library
The books that you add to your Kindle account is stored on the Amazon servers, not on a particular device. And, you can access this remote archive, which is known as “cloud” from any Kindle app or device.
Just visit Amazon account setting page and browse your books under ‘Manage Your Content And Devices’ section.
Amazon Cloud Drive
This cloud service is similar to Dropbox or Google Drive and has no links to the Kindle books. In here, you can store your personal documents as well as pictures. With your Amazon Cloud Device account, you can access them from any device.
Kindle Cloud Reader
It’s a webpage which lets you access your Kindle books via the web browser on your computer.
Facts of Kindle Cloud Reader that you are unaware of
1. Using a web browser, you can access Kindle Cloud Reader service on any computer
You do not have to own any device to use Kindle Cloud Reader. As you can use it on any computer. Even if you are in a public place like the internet cafe or a library, you can smoothly access to your Kindle cloud anytime.
You just have to open a browser and enter ‘read.amazon.com‘ URL. Sign-in to your Kindle account with your Amazon credentials and surf the books that you have bought on Kindle under the ‘Cloud’ section.
2. It is available globally
Doesn’t matter in which part of the world you put in, this service is not limited to amazon.com customers. Kindle users from around the world, including France, Germany, UK, and India, can access their eBooks on any computer.
Moreover, the URL pattern is same for all Kindle Stores, just type ‘read’ before the domain of your local Amazon website.
However, in some countries, Amazon has launched localized Kindle store. This has created a confusion among the Kindle users. They presume that they can access Kindle books from either of their accounts. Unfortunately, it is not true.
There are two different accounts, one is from Amazon local website and another one is Amazon.com. And, you can access eBooks with your locale Kindle Store.
For instance, if you are a citizen of Germany and sign in to Amazon.com, you will see books that were brought to American Kindle Store. And, to access Kindle Store Germany, you have to sign-in on Amazon.de with your credentials.
3. You cannot add or read your personal documents
It is possible for Kindle users to add the personal file on the connected Kindle app or device. For this, you only have to send those files to a special email address. Easily, you can download them from the Kindle cloud to the particular Kindle application.
But, this feature isn’t available on the Kindle Cloud Reader. Here, you only get purchased books from the Kindle Store.
4. Read books for free by adding them from Kindle Store
You can add any free book to your Kindle Cloud Reader from the Kindle Store. It can be:
Any book from Cheap Read for Kindle section.
Free sample of any book from the Kindle store.
A book from Amazon Best Sellers section.
Simply, go to the book details and click on ‘Deliver To’. Select the option, ‘Kindle Cloud Reader’ and at last click on ‘Buy’. This will automatically save your book to Kindle Cloud Library.
Now, whenever you’ll sign in to your Kindle Cloud Reader, you will see all the titles under the Cloud tabs.
5. You can also read them offline
By default, Kindle downloads a few books that you are currently reading to the browser. Therefore, even if you lose your Internet connection for a little while, you can access them smoothly.
Moreover, you can decide which book you want for offline reading, by clicking on ‘Download’ tab. Afterward, select the ‘Enable Offline’ option. For instructions, click here.
6. Copy your highlights
In Kindle Cloud Reader, one will find very basic features: notes, highlights and search within the eBook.
Kindle Cloud Reader gives one amazing feature – without leaving the web browser, you can copy the highlights.
When you highlight any text on your eBook, automatically, it will get added to your Kindle activity account. Moreover, to view notes and highlights, you have to go to read.amazon.com/notebook.
The highlighted text appears in ‘Your Highlight’ section and from here, you can paste this text anywhere you want to. For instance, you can use them to write an essay, blog or your own book.
7. At the same time, you can access two Kindle accounts
Let’s take the example of the German user once again, who has accounts in German and US Kindle Store, both.
Now, it is very inconvenient to switch Store every time. So what can a user can do?
If you are a Mac user, you can log in to Kindle Cloud Reader with your Amazon.com credentials on Kindle for Mac app and with Amazon.de on Safari. For this, you do not even have to download the Kindle Application.
However, if you are willing to run Kindle Cloud Reader on the Android tablet using the Chrome browser, unfortunately, you cannot do so. As it will keep on showing a message to download Kindle for Android application.
Know about the download books from Kindle Cloud Reader contact customer support.