Kindle For Android Updated With More Textbooky Goodness

Kindle For Android Updated With More Textbooky Goodness Amazon e-Reading Software Kindle Amazon rolled out a new update today for their Kindle for Android app, and based on the changelog I would say that they are still focused on breaking into the digital textbook market.

Along with the usual performance improvements and bug fixes, today's update significantly improves the app's supports for PDFs and digital textbooks; it adds features that a student will appreciate.

First and foremost, Amazon is boasting that they've improved support for magazines with glossy, full-color layouts. The app also has better support for navigating inside a PDF; now you are offered a thumbnail preview (I thought the app already had that). The textbook improvements include a new notebook for your annotations (note, highlights, bookmarks, and ritual incantations for a better grade). Students can now also highlight images and add the images to a note.

Kindle For Android Updated With More Textbooky Goodness Amazon e-Reading Software Kindle The reading view (at right) doesn't appear to have been changed, and the app looks to have the same formatting options as before. Here's the complete changelog:

• Bug fixes and performance improvements.
• Enjoy your favorite magazines with glossy, full-color layouts, photographs and illustrations.
• Easier PDF navigation with visual previews of each page.
Improvements for textbooks:
• Highlights, bookmarks and notes are organized into a notebook.
• Textbooks now support highlighting pictures.

It's been a couple months since the last update, which added the damned carousel view and prettified the menus. That wasn't much of a change, not compared to today's update.

By offering students a notebook for their folders, Amazon is moving into direct competition with dedicated digital textbook platforms like Kno, Coursesmart, Inkling, and the like. Amazon might not be able to offer textbooks dripping with fancy moving illustrations (unlike the 3 I mentioned), but Amazon does offer support for more platforms and a better selection of non-textbook titles.

I still haven't seen any sign that digital textbooks are being adopted in droves, but Amazon is clearly  laying the groundwork for the day that happens.

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About Nate Hoffelder (9946 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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