Kindle, the iOS app from Amazon which allows iOS device owners to access their Kindle library on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, has received a useful update today.
Now, as of version 4.1.2 of the application, e-book readers can download, play, and pause their Audible audio books without leaving the page they’re currently viewing. This, of course, makes for a far better reading (or, rather, listening) experience in the Kindle iOS app, and is a feature audiobook fans will be pleased to see launch.
Aside from the improvements to Audible, Kindle 4.1.2 has also benefited from performance and stability enhancements. This means the app should run better than ever on your iOS device.
Amazon’s Kindle iOS app is a great option for anyone looking to use their iOS device as a makeshift e-book reader. For me, personally, weak eyes mean the iPhone and iPad’s backlight renders the e-book reading experience in Kindle’s iOS app an unpleasant one. Though lots of folks, including our own Aldrin Calimlim, are big fans of Amazon’s application. In fact, in an App Smackdown article, Aldrin even went so far as to crown Kindle the e-book reader’s iOS app of choice (over Apple’s own iBooks application).
Amazon has been expanding the feature set of Kindle for iOS through the years, and in doing so has made the app a more than worthy competitor to iBooks. And at least in this edition of AppAdvice’s App Smackdown, Kindle emerges victorious over iBooks by virtue of its offerings that, for the most part, exceed not only users’ expectations but also Apple’s own efforts.
Today’s update indeed means Kindle’s iOS app is better than ever.
You can download Kindle free of charge on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.