Amazon Cloud Reader: An Improved Reading Experience For The iPad

Just in case catching up with your reading wasn’t easy enough on the Kindle apps for iOS and Mac, Amazon has made it even easier. Previously, iOS apps turned the iPhone and iPad into Kindles, and allowed the same reading experience on a Mac. Now they have taken the experience one step further.

It’s not like it was ever a bother to launch the apps to read the same material you have on your Kindle. It was never even a second thought until Amazon launched a new Cloud Reader web app that somehow makes the old app outdated. In addition, they launched a new Kindle Store web app to make shopping for ebooks even easier.

KindleStore-WebApp

You can start off in this new experience by heading to the iPad-optimized Kindle Store page. Sure, you can get the same content at Amazon.com, but it’s doesn’t give you that same rich experience you’ve come to recognize from the iPad. Originally the Kindle app allowed you to buy new ebooks directly from the app, but they eliminated that option last year. Now you can once again have that rich experience, either on Safari or with a created app. It’s your choice.

KIndleApp-CloudReader

You can begin this new experience by heading to the iPad-optimized Kindle Store page. Sure, you can get the same content at Amazon.com, but it’s doesn’t give you that same rich experience you’ve come to recognize from the iPad. Originally the Kindle app allowed you to buy new ebooks directly from the app, but they eliminated that option last year. Now you can once again have that rich experience, yet do so in in Safari.

KindleApp-Memory

This message lets you know that you might not have enough memory allocated to the web app. However, it guides you through the process of changing that and allowing more memory. Not that it’s a difficult process, as it just comes up with a message letting you know how much additional memory it will allocate, and asking if that’s okay.

KIndleApp-Library

Once enough memory is allocated to the web app, it opens up your Kindle library, assuming you have an existing Kindle account. Again, it’s optimized for the iPad, and scrolling through your entire Kindle library is a cinch. It’s now easy to switch back and forth from your library to the store, just as it was with the original app, as a link back to the store is provided in the upper right.

KindleApp-Options

The text of your book is displayed in a very easy-to-read fashion leaving no distractions. Flipping through pages is made simple with swipes. Options are made possible with a long tap. This brings  up a menu across the top that includes bookmarks, and the pages are then indicated at the bottom. It tells you what page you are on and shows a percentage of how much of the book you have read. Sliding the bar left to right advances you through the book or returns you to earlier pages.

KindleApp-Text

You can customize the experience to fit your own preferences and needs. The type size can be adjusted through five different sizes, and the background color can be changed from white to ivory to black. Forget your reading glasses? No problem; just set the type to extra large. When you have them again, return to the type to a smaller font size.

If you don’t like having to access the Cloud Reader and Kindle Store on Safari on your iPad, you can use the Sharing link in the Safari browser to make an app that will sit on your home screen. You can either make two separate apps or just one. You don’t’ have to be limited to just reading on your iPad, however. It’s still just as easy to switch back and forth reading your books on the iPad, iPhone, PC or Mac, and Kindle device, as the place you leave off reading is kept and synced. No matter which device you use to read your book the next time, it will  pick up where you left off.