If you're heavily invested in Amazon's book ecosystem, then you're probably an avid Kindle user. If you also happen to use Google Books, then you've probably noticed that Amazon's offering is lacking many of the features that make Books so good, like immersive mode. Well, Amazon stepped up its game today with a Kindle app update that brings that and much more:


  • Read books in immersive full-screen mode (Android OS 4.4+)
  • Tap the bottom right corner of a page to lock orientation
  • Control playback from the lock screen while audio is playing in the book
  • Choose system brightness in reader settings
  • Navigate table of contents by sub chapter
  • Pair with Bluetooth devices (Permission)

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Amazon, update your test device already. ಠ_ಠ

There definitely are some pretty solid improvements here, like orientation lock and better brightness controls. The update should be available for all users as of now, so jump into the Play Store to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Crispin Swickard

    Its just so hard to tap that update button...

  • ChicagoPete

    Even with all the different options out there, I use Play Books to read all my books - no matter where they were purchased.


      how can i "convert" kindle books i bought from kindle store to play books?

      • ChicagoPete

        Check out "Calibre"

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          How can Calibre convert protected, DRMed Kindle books? Never seen that option.

          • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

            It's not a baked-in option, but there are plugins which crack the mobi files using your Kindle's serial number. There are also separate programs that does the same thing.

            Then it's a simple matter of converting mobi to epub (with something like http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-epub) and uploading it to Google Play Books. That's what I do with the books I buy from Amazoni at least. (And I don't consider freeing my own purchases from the extortion called DRM "pirating" or whatever).

          • Ian Fay

            What Faruk said. It's not hard, and the right Googling can find some guides that walk you through it.

          • ChicagoPete

            Most sites are rightly concerned about the DRM topic, but if you google and find a blog by Apprentice Alf, you'll be on your way. The conversion part is baked into Calibre, and is dead simple.

    • Jiggy

      I use Play Books as well, but I completely **hate** the fact that it does not have offline dictionary support.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The Amazon PM who took the shots with the update symbol showing emailed us in shame and promised to fix them. I loled.

    • Kevin

      Can you explain?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        The screenshots in the article show the update notification which Cameron referenced. The Amazon project manager who took the screenshots emailed us.

  • jvj

    You still can't left justify the text. Primitive, stupid. Google Books & every other reader or there has this beat on android.

  • Dr. Fragle & MrShark

    does it have text to speech functions?

  • AOSPrevails

    Now bring DSP tunneling support to the Audible app plz, very disappointed that audible consumes significantly more battery than pocket cast for same length playbacks.

    • Floss

      I'm pretty sure that DSP tunneling isn't something app developers can choose to support or not support, it is an automatic feature. It probably consumes more battery because it is streaming vs Pocket Cast downloading it ahead of time. Or it might be something else altogether, but almost definitely nothing to do with DSP tunneling.

  • SuperMario7

    I updated this using the Amazon appstore yesterday, and then when I went into the Google Play Store it decided to "update" the Kindle app again today, and now when I click on the Amazon appstore it decides the version is out of date, updated again, and then went back to the Playstore and Google try and push an update again lol... what is this madness!

  • Carla

    What happened to the reading time in the latest update? It used to say how much time left in the chapter and book. Now nothing. Can I reset that somehow, or is that a "new feature"?