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This past week, Amazon made it a little easier for iPad users to access the Kindle Store. You probably already know that Apple enforced a policy earlier last year that prohibited iOS apps from integrating in-app links to third-party web-based stores. Thus, Kindle mobile app users now cannot link to the Kindle Store from within the app itself.

But now Amazon’s iPad-optimized Kindle Store app, officially called Kindle Cloud Reader (see below), provides a better browsing experience than if you link to the regular version of the Kindle website.

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This iPad-optimized version is not an app you download it from the iTunes App Store. Instead you get it by going here on your iPad and then adding it as a bookmark on your device’s home screen.

The iPad web version also links you to your downloaded Kindle books – the same ones that appear in your Kindle Reader Reading Ebooks on the iPad With iBooks & Amazon Kindle [Mac] Reading Ebooks on the iPad With iBooks & Amazon Kindle [Mac] Read More app. To access your Kindle books, tap the Cloud Reader button in the top-right side of the page. Likewise, your Cloud Reader can be accessed from any computer-based web browser as well.

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Interestingly, however, while you cannot make annotations to books in the Cloud Reader, you do get a better view of listed links to highlighted passages and bookmarks you make in the Kindle Reader.

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It’s unfortunate that Amazon can’t provide all of these features in one mobile app, but for dedicated Kindle and iPad users, the Web-based version is a useful resource.

Source: Macworld

  1. Antriksh Yadav
    January 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Actually, this has been out for a while now. Ever since Apple disallowed ebook apps to have connections to their online stores.

    I would guess these news are at least a couple months old.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 15, 2012 at 2:31 am

      Antriksh, I thought the same thing. But I think what was added was the direct link and optimization through iPad. I've had the Cloud Reader on my iPad for a few months as well, but I never used it. However, it does look like it was updated. Plus I don't think you could originally read your Kindle books through the app. But hey, I could be wrong. The story ran as recent news on several sites, in addition to MUO.

    • Antriksh Yadav
      January 15, 2012 at 2:52 am

      I don't use Cloud Reader anymore, but you could read books on it since it first came out. Hence the name.

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