Amazon may be imperiously demanding that we update the Kindle for PC, but that cloud has a silver lining.
Amazon hasn’t formally announced what is in the 1.14.1 update, but Teleread has noticed, and I can confirm, that the Amazon Kindle Twitter account has been touting new features in the Kindle for PC app, including the ability to read children’s books and comic books.
A quick check of older versions of Kindle4PC confirmed that the latest version now lets you read comics books in Kindle format. The app let me read the several comic books I bought in the Kindle Store, and it even supported the guided reading mode that Amazon developed for the Kindle platform.
It’s really not a very satisfactory reading experience; your only option is one page at a time (as you can see I have enough screen real estate for more), and there’s no way to zoom in on a page and scroll around.
Comics usually have tiny text and I have old eyes, so the lack of options immensely annoying. And given that Comixology (and a lot of PDF apps) offer a significantly better reading experience, I have to wonder why Amazon bothered adding such a lackluster reading experience.
I mean, it was only a few months ago that Amazon merged your Kindle account into your Comixology and let you read all your comics in the Comixology platform. With that kind of support, you’d think Amazon would either add awesome support for comics to the Kindle apps or do nothing at all; there’s really no point to a half-assed effort, not when Amazon has a great digital comics platform down the hall.
But that’s just me; what do you think of the update?