Amazon built a nice business on their dedicated readers in the Kindle line of devices. Kindle devices are designed to help users focus on reading and to the extent possible on a digital tablet type device, mimic the reading experience one gets from a hard copy book. However, if one is willing to forego the refinements available from a Kindle device, readers can use the Kindle software as an app on their existing smartphones, tablets or computers. Amazon announced a new version of this Kindle app that adds some new tricks to the reading experience.
Overall Amazon has made several revisions to the user interface. These are designed to give users quicker access to content features by making them accessible through single taps for common functions. Amazon also added a new “light” interface so users can choose that or stick with the traditional “dark” interface.
Unfortunately, one new feature that is only present on the iOS version of the Kindle app is the incorporation of Goodreads and other social network type features. These are designed to help bring a sense of community to the reading experience so users can share and discuss what they are reading with others.
One new feature that Amazon is highlighting is called Page Flip. This is meant to make it easier for a user to move around in a title and then quickly return to where they left off reading. This is accomplished by creating a small thumbnail of the page the reader is on and then floating it on the screen near the edge. Users can then manually swipe through pages or zoom out to view several pages or sections at once. When done looking for something in a title, they can tap on that small thumbnail of the page they were on to return directly to it and resume reading.
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