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This is according to TechNewsWorld:

"Kindle for the Web," as the service is called, doesn't allow customers of Amazon's e-bookstore to read their purchases within a browser window -- Amazon already has a software download for that purpose.

Instead, readers will be able to sample the first chapters of books via the Web before making a purchase decision, and without downloading any special software, Amazon said.

Also, the service will allow authors and others enrolled in the Amazon Associates Program to embed book samples on their websites. The site owners will get a referral fee for each e-book copy purchased through their sites.

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To view an example of how this works and what it will actually look like, click HERE.

Personally, this doesn't seem like breaking news or earth-shattering technology. Basically I see this as a glorified RSS feed being embed in a widget. This is nothing new. Who knows, maybe this will lead to websites featuring full length books and a better user experience. I, for one, don't want to read a book on a computer screen.

What do you think? Is this something you will benefit from or is this a gimmick?

asked Sep 29 '10 at 08:01

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edited Feb 04 '11 at 11:26


I don't own a Kindle and I don't read e-books. Call me old fashion but I like to read a physical book. My eyes stare at a computer screen enough as it is. As for this preview thing, I guess it's cool for those who do buy e-books.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 08:50

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I don't either. And I also prefer to read an actual book. Just thought this was interesting.

(Sep 29 '10 at 09:28) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

Since according to http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000579091 the feature of reading books via a browser is promised later this year, it sounds like Amazon is rolling out the preview feature to test the technology and work out some bugs.

answered Feb 04 '11 at 20:42

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