Computerworld is reporting that Amazon will demonstrate a new version of Kindle for the Web today. A beta version of the service launched in September, so it is possible that a demo means it is coming into full release. The demo comes one day after the launch of Google’s eBookstore, which lets readers read eBooks on a Web browser.
Computerworld has more: “An Amazon spokeswoman said in an e-mail to Computerworld late Monday that the new Kindle e-book reader will ‘enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books.’ The spokeswoman didn’t elaborate, although it was clear that the device isn’t ready for sale. It could get an official launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, said Allen Weiner, an analyst at research firm Gartner. The Kindle for the Web concept first surfaced about a month ago and seemed like a ‘natural evolution’ of Amazon’s e-book strategy, he said.”
Google’s new eBookstore operates on a cloud system and lets readers access its books from various devices through an open ePUB format. Amazon accounts are also available on a number of devices through apps, but Amazon’s format is AZW, which is not as fluid.
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