Amazon to launch Kindle platform for web

Amazon plans to demonstrate a new version of Kindle for the web that will reportedly also allow independent booksellers to sell Kindle e-books off their own websites.

An Amazon spokeswoman said via an e-mail to Computerworld that the new Kindle for the web will "enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books." The spokeswoman didn't elaborate.

The development came on the same day as the launch of Google eBooks, which will allow independent bookshops to sell digital books via Google's e-books platform.