Amazon has updated their Kindle for iOS app with a new design for reading magazines on the iPad, along with the capability to “[r]ead print replica textbooks” with support for rich text formatting and for notes, highlights, zoom and pan, and a linked table of contents.
The addition of magazine reading for iPad gives users access to over 400 magazines and newspapers right on their iPad, similar to what iOS’ integrated Newsstand offers — and it’s even under the same name. The magazines included range from Food Network Magazine to Popular Science. If you’d like to take a look at the available choices, then head over to Amazon’s official store page here. More coverage on this app update is available after the break.
If you’re not an iPad user, then you’re not left out with today’s update because Amazon has included some new features for iPod touch and iPhone users as well. (Please take note that the following features are also available on iPad and are not limited to the iPod touch and iPhone.) First up, you can now email documents to your Send-to-Kindle email address and Amazon will deliver them to your iOS device automatically.
Kindle for iOS has also gained support for reading PDF files from the Mail or Safari apps, those transferred from iTunes, and even emailed documents using the aforementioned method of Send-to-Kindle. Kindle for iOS’ PDF reader sports a table of contents and thumbnail navigation to allow for swift page moving throughout the file.
Lastly, Kindle for iOS has received a new library organization feature that allows you to manage your Kindle Books, Newsstand and Documents easily within the app. Sadly, there is still no integrated store in the app, which leaves things far too difficult to purchase a book when it should only be one or two taps. It is hoped that this will be added in a future update.
Kindle for iOS version 2.9 is available free in the App Store here, so go grab it now or check for updates if you already have it. The official list of changes is available after directly below.
- New Design for Magazines: Kindle for iPad customers now have access to the huge selection of over 400 magazines and newspapers that are available on Kindle Fire. Magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Popular Science and many more are displayed in rich full-color pages. Customers can buy a single issue or subscribe to popular magazines and leading newspapers and have them wirelessly delivered to the Kindle for iPad app.
- Read print replica textbooks including rich formatting and layout of the print editions and support for notes and highlights, zoom and pan, and linked table of contents.
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch:
- Email documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. The documents are automatically archived in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download on your iOS or supported Kindle devices.
- Open PDFs from Mail or Safari, by transferring them from iTunes, or by sending them to your Send-to-Kindle email address. The Kindle PDF reader supports PDF table of contents and thumbnail navigation for quickly jumping through the document.
- New library organization allows you to view your Kindle Books, Newsstand, and Docs.