Amazon Releases New Kindle App for iOS 7

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We just released a major update to our Kindle for iOS app. The app is optimized for iOS 7 and features an all-new new design, as well as Collections, which make it easy for customers to organize their books, documents, and magazines. Collections on Kindle are unique because customers can add their content to multiple categories, rather than just one – for example, put A Game of Thrones in “My Favorites” as well as “Fantasy Epics”.

Of course customers also get everything they already love about Kindle reading apps:

– Go to Amazon in your web browser to shop the touch-optimized Kindle Store for the largest selection of books people want to read: millions of books, including hundreds of thousands of titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store and over 1.7 million titles that are $9.99 or less.

– Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy via Kindle Free Sample Search.

– Customize your reading experience by choosing margin size, line spacing, background color, font size, font style, and either portrait or landscape format.

– Tap and hold text to quickly highlight important sections, easily edit or change highlight colors, and select long passages that span multiple pages.

– Exclusive to Kindle, X-Ray lets you see the “bones of the book” and learn more about notable characters, places, and phrases with descriptions from Shelfari.com and Wikipedia.

– “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere” – you can read your Kindle books on the largest number of devices and platforms: Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fires, iPads, iPhones, PCs, Macs, Android-based devices, Windows Phone 8-based devices, or in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

– Whispersync technology syncs your last page read, notes, bookmarks, and highlights across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

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  3. Wonder of wonders! I’ve been complaining very loudly and often online about how much worse my latest book looked on my iPad’s Kindle app than the same book from Apple looked on its iBooks app. That mattered because, to communicate the urgency of what I was writing about, the book has numerous pictures of hospitalized children. Good pictures make the book look better. Bad pictures make it worse.

    In iBooks, the pictures looked great. They were full-sized, placed properly and with great color. On the Kindle app on that same iPad, they looked awful. They were small, poorly placed and the color looked washed out.

    No more! With this new 4.0 Kindle release those pictures look great and the text layout seems much better too. There are also more options on how the text displays. No longer do I have to equate a Kindle book with ugly. No longer will I be encouraging other authors to download samples from Amazon and Apple to see how much better the Apple version looks.

    There’s still much work to be done though. In iBooks, the slider to move through a book displays the chapter number and name like it should. In the Kindle app, it displays Amazon’s typically huge and not-that-useful location number. My readers may want to go to \11. Eli, The First to Die.\ They do not want to go to \location 16185.\

    Also, Amazon needs to lend its support to ePub 3’s popup footnotes like Apple has. I’ve got about a dozen books I’ll be releasing digitally when InDesign CC supports footnote to popup note conversion for ePub export. If Amazon isn’t supporting that (via its ePub to KF9 conversion), those books (and probably ebooks from a lot of other publishers) will be iBookstore only. I simply refuse to release book whose footnotes are either placed just after the paragraph that has them (hideously ugly and distracting) or that forces readers into a clumsy jump-to-the-end, jump-back process to view that note.

    And finally, Amazon, Apple and almost everyone else needs to build some typographic smarts into their products. Graphics shouldn’t create strange page breaks. They should move effortlessly to the first page on which they will fit. Ebook readers should also understand that windows and orphans are a no-no. I read a book where a chapter ended with a page break followed by a new page with nothing but \ly\ on it. Surely, it can’t be that hard to make an ereader wrap that page early and have two lines of text on that last page. It’s what print books have been doing for centuries.

    My congratulations to Amazon’s Kindle team for all these improvements. They’ll make the Kindle reading experience much better.

    –Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer.

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