New Kindle app for iOS turns your iPad into a better e-reader

Amazon today updated its Kindle app for iOS with a "brand new look built around the books you love," according to the release notes. Version 6.0 of the app also includes a new light theme, one-tap navigation for features you use most and Goodreads integration.

The "new look" features larger book covers, new fonts and a new app icon. Kindle readers can also now choose between light and dark background themes.

The app now includes a new bottom bar navigation option that shows an icon of the book you are currently reading, and it provides quick access to other Kindle features such as your library and bookstore. The search bar is also now available throughout the app allowing you to quickly look up other books in your personal library or the Kindle Store.

iOS Kindle users can now get recommendations and discuss books with their friends and the rest of the Goodreads community directly from the app.

“For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around half of them saying they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”

Amazon acquired Goodreads in 2013 and it is now a subsidiary on the internet giant.

The Amazon Kindle app is available for free on the Apple App Store. It supports all iOS devices running iOS 9.0 or later.

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