Amazon has unveiled a program that allows Kindle electronic books to be sampled in a web browser, AFP reports. “Kindle for the Web” is featured on the online retail giant’s web site, Amazon.com, and book samples can be embedded on other web sites or shared through Facebook and Twitter. Users can click on a “Read First Chapter Free” button on selected Amazon books, and a browser window opens featuring the sample chapter. The eBook also can be purchased directly from the browser. “With Kindle for the Web, it’s easier than ever for customers to sample Kindle books—there’s no downloading or installation required,” Amazon Kindle director Dorothy Nicholls said in a statement. “Kindle for the Web is also a great way for bloggers and authors to promote books on their web sites by letting visitors read a chapter without leaving their site.” Bloggers or web site owners who sign on to “Kindle for the Web” can earn referral fees from Amazon when customers buy books using the links on their web sites, Amazon said…

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