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Amazon's Kindle app has just received a significant update, bringing the reader up to version 4 and introducing a refreshed UI, among other things.

Just when I'd decided to try switching to Play Books (despite giving up things like quick two-finger brightness adjustment), Amazon has introduced a redesigned library that's much more lively than a simple grid of book covers. The new library interface has your books plus a nice "carousel" up top for recent items. The navigation panel has also been expanded for quick access to documents and Newsstand items, along with items that used to hide under the overflow button. Elsewhere, the interface has been tightened up and polished.

The reading interface, being just a page of words, remains mostly unchanged, and all the customization options you'd expect from Kindle are intact. Oh, and there's a new launcher icon too.

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If you're already a fan of the Kindle app, grab the update below. If not, (assuming you haven't heavily invested in another book library) the app is definitely worth checking out.

Note: Some users are reporting that version 4.0 will force close. If this happens, simply force stop and clear data, and you should be good to go. (Thanks, Zombie)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • nsnsmj

    That new library page is ugly, and a waste of space. Looks just as bad as the Fire's home screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      That's probably the idea. XD

  • andy_o

    The one thing that really needed changing remains unchanged. The reading interface on the Nexus 7 has a lot of wasted space.

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    the new update is not that bad it could be better but it's not holeable but that dam recommended section is annoying.

  • omegavesko

    No reason? Do you think Amazon's marketing team hasn't thought of that?

    It's obviously to make people *want* to buy the Kindle. Amazon isn't stupid, if they saw profit in bringing it to other devices, they would have.

    • McLean Riley

      No, it is anti competitive. They have it for the iPad. Did that force any Kindle purchases? And my fault, should have said no good reason. They sold a ton of kindles, now they are just being ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    I do the same as well for ePubs but I make sure the ePubs are not DRM'd and use the open source epub reader FBReader

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      Oh yeah, I get rid of all that crap too! :D

      I just use the Amazon De-DRM thing

  • umataro42

    This reminds me that I haven't read anything that wasn't a comic book or strip in a while. I'd been reading Gods of Mars, but will probably have to start over. Which isn't that much of a fall behind anyway.

  • ins0mn1a

    am i the only one who thinks the carousel is one of the worst user interface ideas ever (i am looking at you too, google play magazines)? it doesn't let you see the library, just what's on top. the only way to go through the items is one by one, in linear order, but slowly because otherwise they fly too fast to register what the title was.

    and the bestsellers section in kindle app? it looks like a bag of soap opera dvd's vomited on your tablet. are those actually books? and people read them? wow. luckily it seems that the kindle app home page (carousel + bestseller list) can be almost completely avoided (you just go to one of library pages and open items from there).

    in short, the new kindle app home page is a real winner. you don't even have to choose between bad UI and bad literature, you get both on the same page! but i guess it could have been worse. they could have placed the ebooks on a fake wooden shelf.

  • Bakaouji

    Dropbox + Moon reader pro. Loving it :)

    • RitishOemraw

      same combo here (although sometimes I airdroid them directly on my device)

  • Dave

    Am I the only person who finds the Kindle font on Android very difficult to read. Google play is far, far sharper! Agree?

  • morjoie

    I definitely agree that it is way past time for Amazon to make an instant video app for Android tablets. Makes no sense for Amazon to leave that many eyes on the table.

  • Stephanie Gunter

    So what you're saying is that they've made the app look like the fire?

  • http://twitter.com/Progress_4_USA Progress

    Cool! If Google Play allowed us to upload and sync our personal documents then I would leave my Kindle App. Until then, Kindle rules the nation!