Amazon rolled out a new update today for their bastion against the tyranny of Apple. The new version of the Kindle app for iPad and iPhone gains several feature, including ones which have been requested by users.
The app now supports the new syncing behavior which was added to the Kindle Paperwhite last week; it now syncs to the last page read and not the furthest page read.
Kindle users will also enjoy the new thumbholder feature which makes it easier for you to skip to a different location in an ebook and then return. There’s also a new option to export your notes from a Kindle Print Ready ebook but sadly that option is only available on Amazon’s PDF format (and not all Kindle ebooks).
And finally, if you search on a term in a Kindle ebook, any relevant Wikipedia entry will be shown on a smart card at the bottom of the screen, next to smart cards with a dictionary definition and the relevant X-Ray entry (if it exists).
The following screenshots will show you what two of the new features look like. You can find the app in iTunes.
- Sync to the most recent page read – Any books you are reading on Kindle for iOS will now sync to the most recent page read across all Kindle devices and/or reading apps registered to your Amazon account. Customers can still manually sync to the furthest page read from the left navigation menu.
- Kindle Placeholders – Allow customers the freedom to explore other areas of the book without losing their current place. Jump directly to previous locations with “placeholders” on the progress bar.
- Notes Export – Studying for the next exam or writing the next term paper just got easier. Students can now export notes, highlights, and more to e-mail from their “Print Replica” textbooks, giving students easy access to their information.
- Wikipedia Smart Lookup – Select a word and learn more from Wikipedia in the Info Card at the bottom of the page.