Test drive eBooks.com’s desktop reader app

eBooks.com was the first e-bookseller to enable users to read entire ebooks in a web browser, without having to install software

eBooks.com's online ebook reader app lets you read your ebook on any computer, anywhere. No downloading, no software installation. Just start reading.
eBooks.com's online reader lets you read your ebook on any computer, anywhere. No downloading, no software installation. Just start reading.

If you read ebooks on a computer, then eBooks.com’s online ebook reader app is for you. It lets you read ebooks in a browser, without installing software, without downloading anything. The book you bought just opens straight away, and you can start reading.

It’s a cloud-based app, which means you can start reading on your office computer and, when you get to the airport, flip open your laptop and pick up where you left off. And then, when you get to your auntie’s place for the weekend, you can continue reading it on her computer.

It’s a cloudy reader

We first started doing this in 2003. We were the first to think of it, the first to do it. Others followed and copied us as best they could.

Simple

Our customers love reading in a browser because it’s so simple.

To download an ebook takes a few steps. You need to install and “authorise” a reader app first. And then download the ebook.

But the online ebook reader app skips all that:

  1. Pay for the ebook…
  2. It opens in the browser.

That’s it.

Full featured ebook reading

Our online reader is packed with the features and functions you’d expect from an ebook device, yet it runs inside your computer’s web browser. In the coming months we’ll also release a mobile version of this online reader that will work on absolutely any tablet or smart phone – again, without the need to install an app or fiddle with files.

Of course, you can always download the whole book — there’s a big download button embedded in every page. But thousands of our customers who access ebooks on computers choose to never download.

It’s just for desktops, for now

Fully half of our members are reading their ebooks on a computer — desktop or laptop. So if you’re one of those, this thing is for you. We’re working on a mobile version for phones and tablets now, but that’s still months away.

Check it out

You can see the online ebook reader app in action here, thanks to our friends at The Floating Press:

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins in the online ebook reader app
Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Impeding piracy

eBooks.com’s online ebook reader app is popular with publishers because it addresses piracy concerns in a very elegant way. The actual text of a book is never downloaded to users’ computers. Each page is rendered as a single image, without underlying text.

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