Kindle Vella sounds like a rather innovative project in a world where novels and other book formats are dominating much of the industry. Vella wants to give authors the option to publish short, interactive stories in a serialized format, created for mobile devices foremost. All mobile devices, you ask? No, in an unexplainable move, only iOS users get to fully enjoy this innovative new format, with Vella unavailable in the Kindle Android app. Read More
If you use Kindle, you've probably got a few unwanted or embarrassing books floating around — it's okay, we all do. Previously, if you wanted to get rid of those unwanted titles, you'd have to go through a convoluted method on Amazon's site to remove them. Now, it's as easy as a long press and a confirmation, right in the app. Read More
Avid readers on Android have some exciting new toys to look forward to in the latest version of Amazon Kindle. Update 4.8 adds some significant features to an already-packed app, specifically linked to in-book search. "X-Ray" is a proprietary system that downloads a pre-configured, collated file that includes information about the book itself, the characters, the setting, and the context of basically everything. For complex fiction, non-fiction, or textbooks, it's an amazing system previously reserved for the Kindle e-readers and tablets.
What's even more amazing is that it operates offline. Like Kindle's dictionary function, X-Ray is downloaded and stored locally. Read More
The ladies and gentlemen at Amazon would certainly prefer it if you read your Kindle books on a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, but for the several hundred million who have a regular Android phone or tablet instead, they've improved the eponymous app on the Google Play Store. Today's update to version 4.3.0 adds a few much-needed features, most notably better organization for your growing collection of books and other documents.
You can now group books into user-created Collections, which is basically a digital alternative to keeping sci-fi on one shelf and fantasy on another. When selecting books to group into collections, you can filter by author or title, and a single book can go in more than one collection. Read More