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Kindle for iPad and iPhone Updated for iOS8

kindle-icon1[1]Do you know all those nifty-sounding new reading features Amazon announced last night alongside the new ereaders and tablets? Well, they haven’t added the features to the Kindle app yet, but Amazon did roll out a few other goodies.

In addition to support for iOS8, Amazon also added a new widget for your iDevices home page, copy&paste, and more:

  • Kindle Today Widget (iOS 8 only) – Multi-book readers can now surf between books from anywhere on the device by pulling down the ‘Today’ view and tapping on one of the three titles in the Kindle Widget. They can choose from their most recently opened library titles, like the ‘jump’ function on a TV remote.
  • Copy & Paste – Customers asked and we listened. Version 4.5 includes the ability to copy passages from your books and add them to the iOS clipboard for pasting into a text message, e-mail, social media, or other iOS applications outside of Kindle.
  • Smart Lookup Translation Card – Authors often include phrases in other languages to add depth or meaning to a story. Readers can now get a full understanding by selecting the word or phrase and viewing the translation card.

You can find the update in iTunes. The app requires iOS7 or iOS8; if you’re like me and have yet to upgrade from iOS6 you will need to deal with that first.

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Tom Semple September 19, 2014 um 4:27 pm

Copy & Paste showed up in the Android app prior to this. You really need that as there are otherwise no Sharing options. I’d like to see something like the widget on Android as well (sent them this very suggestion a few weeks ago).

Unfortunately, one very common (but dead) language used in books is Latin, and Bing doesn’t translate that.

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