Kindle For iOS Will Now Turn Your Favorite Books Into Audiobooks

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    Kindle For iOS Will Now Turn Your Favorite Books Into Audiobooks



    Amazon’s Kindle app for iOS hasn’t always been as accessible as Apple’s own iBooks, but that changed today with a new update that adds VoiceOver support, among other new accessibility features. Kindle will now read aloud over 1.8 million books, allowing those who are visually impaired to kick back and listen to their favorite titles.

    But that’s not all it’ll do for you. Thanks to the new accessibility features, it’s easier than ever to navigate your way around your library or your books; create notes, bookmarks, and highlights; use features like X-Ray, End Actions and sharing via social networks; and look up words in the dictionary or on Wikipedia.

    Check out the complete list of changes from Amazon’s press release:

    Read aloud over 1.8 million titles available in the Kindle Store using Apple’s VoiceOver technology. Over 300,000 of these books are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Over 900,000 books are less than $4.99; over 1.5 million are less than $9.99.

    Seamlessly navigate within their library or within a book, with consistent title, menu and button names; navigate to a specific page within a book and sort books in the library by author or title.

    Read character-by-character, word-by-word, line-by-line, or continuously, as well as move forward or backward in the text.

    Search for a book within their library or search within their book and navigate to specific text.

    Add and delete notes, bookmarks, and highlights.

    Use customer-favorite features like X-Ray, End Actions and sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

    Look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia.

    Customize the reading experience including changing the font, text size, background color, margin, and brightness.

    Use iOS accessibility features like Zoom, Assistive Touch, and Stereo to Mono, as well as peripheral braille displays.

    Amazon hopes that the introduction of these features will help the visually impaired enjoy Kindle’s vast library of titles.

    “We’re excited to introduce these new features to our Kindle for iOS app, making it easier than ever for our blind and visually impaired customers to access the vast selection of over 1.8 million books in the Kindle Store on their iPhone or iPad,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.

    “With this update, we’re also making customer-favorite features—such as X-Ray, End Actions, sharing, highlighting and bookmarking—more accessible. We look forward to continuing to develop and extend our accessibility features on Kindle Fire and our other Kindle apps.”

    The latest Kindle release is available to download from the App Store now. To take advantage of VoiceOver within the Kindle app, you’ll need to enable it in the Settings app on your iOS device.


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    Kindle For iOS Updated With Line-Spacing And Advanced Highlighting



    Amazon’s Kindle app for iPhone and iPad got a great update today, which adds a couple of much needed features.

    First, you can now set line spacing for your ebooks between three options: loose, normal and tight. Kindle has allowed you change the margins on e-books for a while, but this new option makes it even easier to change the settings for optimum readability.

    A smaller change, but a welcome one, is that you can now highlight long passages that span multiple pages. I rarely use this functionality, but that’s still a level up.


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    Kindle For iOS7 Is The Best Kindle App Yet



    There were so many app updates tumbling out into the new iOS7 app store on Wednesday that we didn’t have time to cover them all, but the update to the iOS Kindle app is definitely worth a look. I do most of my reading on an actual Kindle device, but I love the fact that I can pick up on any device thanks to Whispersync. And now the iOS Kindle experience is way less ugly than before.

    The big new feature is collections, and you can now create and organize collections that will be reflected on other iOS devices as well as Kindle hardware. This can be done in batches, too, making iOS probably the best place to manage collections (along with the Mac app maybe).

    But you’ll love the update most when you’re actually reading. The reading view is clean, with nothing but the book text and the title of the book (the author, too, in landscape mode). Tap the screen and the new top and bottom bars fade in. They’re clean, and just a little darker than the page they cover. This is where you’ll find the search and navigation functions, along with a new (as far as I can tell) My Notebook section, which gathers together all your highlights, notes and bookmarks into one screen. This is actually pretty great, although it’d be better if you could access the notes in all your books from one place. Somebody totally needs to make an app that pulls in the notes form all the major book apps.

    In the top bar is a hamburger button that pops over a sliding sidebar with the navigation options. Go home, to the cover, to a specific page, and access book extras and X-Ray features.

    When I first saw that the Kindle app has already gotten an iOS7 update, I cynically assumed that it would be a sprinkling of new UI chrome and nothing else. I was totally wrong. This is easily the best version of Kindle for iOS yet. Now if only they’d fix the typography.






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