Amazon Kindle lovers have long been able to access and read book purchase on PC’s, Mac, or online. With the introduction of the Google Chromebooks, which runs the Chrome OS, how you access Kindle books might be slightly different from your other PC. The Amazon Kindle platform is positioned as a platform-agnostic service to be accessed from any device. Amazon released official Kindle apps for Android, IOS, and Windows 8 and, of course, their own Kindle Fire devices.
Additionally, the company released a browser-based application to Kindle books known as Kindle Cloud Reader. The app has proven to be very compatible with Chromebook devices. Users can log in to the app using Kindle/Amazon account and access, download, and read materials in your library.
How to Read Kindle Books on Chromebook
In this post, we will give you a step by step guide on how to access and read Kindle books on Chromebooks. We will focus on two main ways:
- Kindle Cloud Reader Chrome extension
- Kindle Android App
Kindle Cloud Reader Chrome Extension
Kindle Cloud Reader is an Amazon web application that enables you to access and read your Kindle books.
- Customize the overall reading experience. That includes font size, text color, number of columns, background color, and much more.
- Whispersync technology. Your reading progress and notes are synced to every other device where you have the Kindle app installed.
- Create and edit notes, make highlights, and bookmarks.
- Search inside a book to find a particular word, character, topic, etc.
- Look up word definitions (English-language only)
Those are but some of the features you can expect to find with Kindle Cloud Reader. Now let’s look at how you install and get started the Kindle Cloud Reader Chrome extension on your Chromebook.
Step 1. Open the Kindle Cloud Reader extension page on the Chrome web store.
Step 2. A window will open, showing the Kindle Cloud Reader extension. Click on the Add to Chrome button.
Step 3. Once installed, you should see the Kindle Cloud Reader listed on your application menu.
Step 4. Right-click on it and select the option ‘Open as a window.’ That will open the Kindle Cloud Reader on its window with other tabs available, making it easier to navigate.
The Kindle Cloud Reader window will open. You will be required to sign with your Amazon/Kindle account. If you don’t have one, you can proceed to create a new account.
2. Kindle Android app
Please note: This method will only work for Chromebooks that have support for Android applications.
Launch Google Play Store from the application menu and search for Amazon Kindle. Alternatively, you can use the link below.
Once you have the app installed, proceed to launch it from the applications menu. One thing to note is that the Amazon Kindle app is not optimized for Chromebooks or laptop screens in general. Therefore, the general UI might seem a bit clunky. However, it still works best and has more features than the web application.
That’s it! You can now access and read Kindle books with more ease on your Chromebook.