You can read offline with the Kindle Cloud Reader
Not too long ago, I did a post on the
That’s Amazon’s free way to read your Kindle books in many browsers…no software to install, no cost.
Sure, it’s generally better to read a book on an EBR (E-Book Reader) like the Kindle Paperwhite or a tablet, like Amazon’s Fire line.
However, you may want to read something on a laptop or desktop.
It could be that it has detailed images…charts, maps, anatomical illustrations, and it will just look better on your larger screen.
It could be that you are at work, and not allowed to install one of Amazon’s free reader apps.
It works pretty well.
What you may not realize is that you can download the books…you could read your Kindle book while commuting on a train without connecting to wi-fi.
How you do it varies by browser. Chrome and Safari have easy ways to do it, with clearly labeled functionality.
This Amazon Help page
also has instructions for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Cloud Reader is becoming increasingly important. Amazon has “sunsetted” (retired) an older Kindle for Mac version, for example. One of my regular readers and commenters,, Lady Galaxy, asked me about that, and I checked with Amazon.
Their response was essentially that people with…older, non-supported devices/software could still use the Cloud Reader in their browsers to read the books they’d bought.
There are people who read e-books on laptops, so being able to download can have a real benefit.
Hope this helps…
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