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Back in April I suggested that Amazon might want to go the web-app route for Kindle.

Well, guess what Amazon just did?

Apple backed down a bit from their previous position -- if your app provides access to purchased content then you must make that content available via Apple, with a 30% cut going to Apple, and no discounts for customers who bypass Apple and go direct -- and the rule now is that you simply can't have any sort of in-app store or links within your app to a web store.

But presumably Amazon not unreasonably figured they needed a backup plan, and there it is. It's not bad. It's missing some features, but for a first cut it's a pretty decent effort. And it means they can support niche platforms like the HP TouchPad or RIM PlayBook without having to produce a native app.

I'll try reading the next few chapters of my current book with it on my iPad and see how it goes.

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