B&N Updates Nook, Yuzu Apps for iOS

YUZU-logo-tm[1]Barnes & Noble has stepped up its pace and recently released a couple updates for two of its 3 reading apps for iPad and iPhone. The new Nook app adds support for iOS8 as well as other features, and the changelog for B&N's textbook app mentions a number of bug fixes and new annotation features. (The Nook Kids iOS app hasn't been updated since July 2011.) Continue reading

iVerse Comics Plus app updated with support for PDF, CBZ, CBR

icon175x175[1]With the US digital comics market dominated by Comixology, iVerse has had to adopt a different strategy to catch and keep readers. That's why iVerse rolled out a new version of their digital comics app yesterday.

With the v8.0 update, the Comics Plus app for iOS and Android gains parental controls, improved filter and search functions, and more. Continue reading

Hands On With the New & Old Washington Post Android App

Screenshot_2014-11-20-08-50-45That rumored new Washington Post app launched today, bringing with it a free 6 month subscription for Fire tablet owners. Based on the time I spent with the app this morning I can say that the new app is a huge improvement over the old.

While the older app offers a basic but limited reading experience, the new app offers better performance and an ad-free reading experience with bigger pictures and more related content embedded in articles. Continue reading

Marvin Developer Appstafarian Releases New Reading App – Gerty

Gerty web icon The developer of one of the more feature rich Epub apps for iPad and iPhone released a second reading app last month called Gerty

While Marvin is designed to satisfy the most exacting typography nut, Gerty was crafted as a reading journal app. It's currently only available for the iPhone (the iPad version is coming soon) and according to the developer it was "designed for small devices first, unlike Marvin". Continue reading

Google Play Books Updated with New Skim Mode, Better Support for Non Fiction

google play booksGoogle first got its start in ebooks with the often maligned book scanning project, and with the latest update to Google Play Books it is returning to its academic roots.

The tech giant announced a new version of Google Play Books today which features better support for non fiction ebooks. (The apps have not been released as of the time I published this post.) According to Google, the new apps will enable readers to  easily skim an entire book, browse all their notes and highlights, and quickly jump back and forth between different locations in the book. Continue reading

Goodreader PDF App Updated

GoodReader[1]The best PDF app for iPad and iPhone was updated today with a bunch of bug fixes and new features.

In addition to direct support for loading files from iCloud, Goodreader also gained a couple new features which iPhone 6 owners will appreciate.  The iPhone version of Goodreader now supports a double-page view for PDF files, and there is an option for page rotation (landscape to portrait and back). Continue reading

iBooks Author Updated With InDesign and Epub Importer

ibooks author logoApple rolled out a new update for their ebook making app yesterday with a few major updates. The app is still limited to only running on OSX, but on the plus side it gained new features.

According to the changelog, iBooks Author offers a new ebook template and new options for linking inside an ebook. There is also mention of improvements to widget behaviors, including an option for autoplaying the media and keynote widgets (that would count as a dis-improvement, IMO). Continue reading

Kindle For Android Updated with Support for Dutch, Signalling Imminent Launch of New Kindle Store

kindle itunes logoDo you know all those rumors I have been repeating about Amazon launching a local Kindle Store in the Netherlands? Amazon just confirmed them.

The retailer rolled out a new update earlier this week for the Kindle app for Android. In addition to the usual bug fixes and improvements, the app also gained a couple new features. Users can now start listening to an audiobook before it is fully downloaded, and they can also tap on a highlight to edit it. Continue reading