A lot of people have been praising Amazon’s new Cloud Reader, an extension for Chrome and Safari which allows you to do pretty much everything you do on a Kindle or Amazon’s iPad app but using only your browser. They have (quite correctly IMHO) assumed that this was an attempt to evade paying the 30% fee Apple demands for in-App purchases on the iPad and iPhone by letting users read their Kindle books in their browsers and make purchases from there too. I don’t own an iPad so I can’t personally attest to how well it works on Apple’s magical device. What I can say is that this has one very useful side effect for those of us who use Linux. The Cloud Reader extension works just as well on Chromium as it does on Chrome or so my brief tests this evening lead me to believe. This means that effectively the Kindle reader has finally come to Linux, courtesy of the magic of HTML 5. Well done, Amazon. I salute you.