I love my Kindle book reader but I also, finally, took the plunge to discover the Amazon Online Reader. If you haven’t used this online service from Amazon yet, you should “upgrade your eligible books” to include the Online Reader version — especially if you’re doing hard research — because you can search the entire book and set a bookmark and you own the book for the rest of your life online:
Here’s the announcement that finally prodded me to click to “View your list of books.”
When I arrived on this page, I was able to scroll through my books and several of them looked like a good investment against future research.
Upgrading a book to Online Reader status varied for me between $6.00USD and $33.00USD — now I have these books in hardcopy form, Online Reader accessible form and I can read them on my Kindle, too!
I hope one day Amazon will offer the Universal Purchase program where
you pay one price for a book and then get access to it in any way and in
every possible format.
One powerful feature of the Amazon Online Reader is its fast search capability. I did a search in my Nazi book for “twins” and, less than a second later, I had this page of hotlinked returns for the book loaded in my browser:
The Amazon Online Reader toolbar gives you jump access to pages, copying, printing and even highlighting text.
After you highlight a passage, you can make Notes and create Tags in the margin.
I can’t get enough of the Amazon Online Reader, and it is a great thrill to watch Amazon slowly take over the world with the Kindle, ebooks and music and streaming media content.
The biggest internet wars are yet to come, and most of the biggest battles, I believe, will be waged between Amazon and Google as the upland delivery stream fights against the rising tide of the downstream results provider.