Amazon today announced a major update to its Kindle app for Android and iOS.
“The all-new Kindle app makes it easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book so you can read anytime, anywhere,” an Amazon announcement notes. “The Kindle app is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to the most popular Kindle features. You can effortlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personalized bookstore and more.”
Key new features in this major app update include:
All-new look. The Kindle app features a new look and feel that Amazon says is inspired by books. It features larger book covers, new fonts, a new app icon, and new light and dark background themes from which to choose.
One-tap access. A new navigation bar on the bottom of the screen automatically displays an icon of the book you’re currently reading, so that you can return to the reading experience at any time. This navigation bar also lets you switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
Easy search. The Kindle search bar is now always available throughout the app, so it’s easier than ever to find it.
Deeper Goodreads integration. Goodreads—an Amazon subsidiary with 65 million members—is built-in to the Kindle app on iOS only, allowing you to find new books to read, connect with readers who like similar books, and share the notes and highlights you’ve added to your own books. (iOS only and US only; Android support is coming in a future release.)
In related news, Amazon is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original Kindle ebook reader by hosting a sale on most Kindle devices. Kindle ebook readers are up to 30 percent off, and services like Kindle Unlimited and Audible are also on sale for new members.