Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) recently launched a Kindle for the Web application that allows the reader to preview the first chapter of a book for free. The application is currently in Beta stage. If you like to try before you buy you might like the ability to just quickly access the application and preview the book.
Kindle for the Web also allows the reader to share book samples with friends on the web or through social networks. I think that in order for this feature to be fully utilized, Amazon needs to release the whole book, but I’m sure this feature will come soon with the full release. Kindle for PC and Mac already allow this option, but just don’t allow the computer to computer mobility that a web browser would. Installation is required for the Kindle for PC and Mac software and is not for the Web application.
Over the past week I spent a lot of time reading my Kindle, and really enjoyed the break from the glare of the computer screen. For pleasure reading I definitely think the Kindle itself still has a good foothold. The Kindle for the Web application will be great for short term reading or to grab samples to share with friends.
After checking out the interface for the application, I was pleased to find that it includes a font enlargement selection, and that all of the navigation and menu options are intuitive and easy to use.
On another note, Amazon has already announced plans to create an application for the new Blackberry Playbook tablet projected to come out in early 2011. It looks like the tablet market is finally beginning to heat up and competition for the iPad is on the horizon. I’m sure Amazon will be well equipped to provide Kindle applications for any future devices.