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.
Amazon has officially rolled out its Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The new program is like Netflix for books. Customers can get unlimited access to over 600,000 digital titles and thousands of audio books for only $9.99 a month. The service is available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the iPad and iPhone and Android devices.
Subscribers can cancel at anytime, and there are no browsing limits or restrictions on how many titles you can read within a month. This is a lot better than Amazon's current Kindle Owner’s Lending Library because you do not need to pay $99 to join Amazon Prime, and downloads are not limited to Amazon devices. Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial through Amazon.com.
Today Amazon announced it was sending out eBook credits as part of a settlement agreement between a few major publishers and a coalition of state Attorneys Generals. Amazon is not a part of the lawsuit, but the publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan have provided a fund for the credits after agreeing to settle on a price fixing lawsuit.
Anyone who bought an eBook from one of these publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 is eligible for a credit and should have received an email about the settlement from Amazon in March 2014.
You can change the brightness, font size, style of font, color of paper, line spacing and margin size by tapping the Aa icon on the top of your display while using the Kindle iOS app for the iPad. iPhone users can tap the middle of their display to bring up the the menu box then tap the Aa to access the same settings.
The Kindle iOS app will automatically save the last page you have read in a book across all your devices, but you can bookmark a special page by just tapping the icon in the upper right hand corner so it turns blue.
To take notes while reading a book using the Kindle app on the iPad just tap the text on your display until the bubble appears. You can then highlight the text you want to comment on. Once the text is highlighted just tap the highlighted area to bring up the tool bar. From here, tap the pen and paper icon to bring up the onscreen keyboard to type your note.
You can highlight text on the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad the same way you highlight any text on an iOS device. Just tap and hold the first letter of the text you want to highlight until the bubble appears. You can then drag your finger across the display of your device to the last word you want to highlight and lift your finger to finish.
Yes, you can read Kindle books on iOS devices using the Kindle app. The app also allows you to read newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs.
The Kindle app automatically syncs the last page you read across all your devices, allows you to buy books directly from the Kindle store, and allows you to read the first chapter of a book for free before your purchase it.
The app requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is also free to download.