Amazon has given iOS readers a nice present by updating the Kindle app to version 4.6.
Easily the biggest improvement is Goodreads integration. That allows readers to share book progress, selected quotes, and more from the Kindle app. Users can connect to the popular Amazon-owned site by heading to Settings, Social Networking.
New Kindle users can now also start reading more quickly. A new service, powered by Goodreads, will show users personalized book sample suggestions that they can download and read for free.
Just for iPad/iPad mini users, the Book Browser mode allows readers to view more information about a book by simply tapping its cover. Some of the details you can find out include the book description and customer reviews.
Here’s a list of other changes:
• Next In Series Information: Customers finishing a book in a series like A Game of Thrones can learn about the next book, A Clash of Kings, and instantly add it to their wish list from the “Before You Go” screen.
• Book Detail Pages in the Library: By customer request, book details can now be viewed by long pressing a book cover in the library and selecting “Book Details.” Customers can now see a synopsis of the book, Amazon reviews, and more.
• Audible Progressive Play: Start playing audiobooks as they’re downloading (no need to wait for the entire download). Audiobooks can be played once you’ve downloaded past your current reading location.
The Kindle app is universal and designed for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
Before today’s substantial update, the last major version of the app arrived back in September with version 4.5. That offered iOS 8 support, a Notification Center widget, in-app translations, and more.
For other app news and reviews today, see: Stitch clips together for fast and easy video with Clips Video Editor from Fly Labs, Rev your engines in Mini Motor Racing WRT coming this Thursday, Dec. 18, and Readdle’s PDF Converter updated with universal support for iPhone and iPod touch.