The Buzz

with Josh O'Connell

Kindle’s latest expansion: The web.

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Kindle software has been popping up on all sorts of devices for the past few years, but to use software on the PC, for instance, you still have to download the books to your machine.

While stopping short of fully resolving that problem, Amazon has begun testing Kindle for the Web, a service which lets you look through the free book samples that are available for Kindle books. Generally, the free samples give you access to a chapter or two of the book, in the hopes that the sample will drive you to purchase the full volume. I’ve found it very helpful in avoiding dreck, allowing me to skip books that don’t capture my interest.

Even cooler, an embed feature allows you to share the free sample on your own site or social network, making it easier to share what you’re finding a good read. This will surely help Kindle expand its grasp on the eBook market, and continues in Amazon’s aim to make reading more social.

This also works out to be a nice feature for those who prefer the printed word, as you can get a feel for a book before ordering it. It’s available for the 700,000 titles in Kindle’s library.

Although Gizmodo makes it sound like you can read full books through the browser, the product seems to be positioned for now on simply making discovering books you like easier, and then get you to purchase/download as normal to your Kindle-supported device of choice.

SOURCE: Amazon via Gizmodo

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