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Apple forced the other ebook stores to either remove the 'buy it now' button from their eBook apps or pay Apple 30% of each ebook sale. The whole amount of the cut that the other eBook stores would get for such a sale. Apple, of course, wouldn't have to pay anyone for books sold on their devices through the iBook store, so they'd get to keep not only their cut, but everyone elses' as well.
So what the other eBook stores did was to removed the 'buy it now' buttons from their Apple Apps. You can still go to their web sites and log in and buy books, then download them to their apps, but it's an extra step customers didn't have to make before.
Amazon, to get around the whole App issue, has created the "Kindle Cloud Reader". Basically, it's their reader App only online and accessable by most (but not yet all) browser, including Safari.
You go to Safari, go to https://read.amazon.com/ and log into your account. From there, it looks to me like their app. You can see your library, download books, read, sync up your books between devices, and now you can browse and buy books from Amazon without Apple able to snag a cut of the sale.
Kindle Cloud Reader: First impressions
I've got it loaded now, adding it to my home page like I've loaded other web pages. (Like the PBS forums)
But I don't have time to play with it much. Anyone else interested in testing it out to see if it's worth ditching the Kindle App and going with the Cloud version?
Last Edited on: 8/11/11 2:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 1