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Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?
December 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes."...

Kindle for Android finally adds font choices
March 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

font choicesOne of the first articles I wrote for TeleRead was a comparison of Kindle for Android and Kindle for iOS. In that article, written in January of 2013, I discussed the various ways the Android app lagged behind the iOS app. To refresh your memory, there were three areas: Other than the "Send to Kindle" applet, no way to sideload into the Android version Little to no library organization Only a single font choice Collections were added to both apps, so library organization has been the same for a while now. Sideloading is still an issue for the Android app, but that was never...

Thank you, Amazon For Making Book Buying Easy
August 9, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Amazon, my iPhone and the easy integration between the two made a huge difference in my life yesterday. I was running errands and stopped at the bank. When I finished depositing checks, my truck wouldn't start. Thus began the adventure which started with a jump, moved to a tow and ended with my husband's battery dying too. Not my best day ever. Usually, I don't leave home without my iPad or Nook. However, my trip was so short that I didn't think I'd need either of them. Naturally, I did have my iPhone, and I had the Kindle app installed. While waiting for...

Kindle app for Windows 8 does not read user-generated content…yet
July 12, 2013 | 10:14 pm

The Kindle e-reader client for Windows 8 does not support loading user-created MOBI format content. Writer Patricia “Pooks” Burroughs discovered this recently, and when she contacted Amazon to inquire about it she received an email from Amazon support saying simply that Kindle for Windows 8 did not support user-generated content at this time and they are “really sorry about it.” She subsequently posted an open letter to her blog blasting Amazon for removing this ability. In terms of breaking news, this is pretty much a non-story. The sky is not suddenly falling. All indications are that the issue is...

Why I’m giving up on the iBooks App
January 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

This has been a year of tech experimentation for me. I gave up my clunky-but-serviceable Kindle Touch in favor of a slick, front-lit Kobo. I relegated my iPad 2 to work functions, and picked up a more ergonomic iPad Mini for home use. And I experimented with various apps in search of a perfect reading platform. I didn't find it. It is with mixed feelings that I declare the Kindle app the 'winner,' and give up on iBooks. Here's why: The Kindle can sync personal documents. That's it. That's the killer feature iBooks and Kobo and all the rest lack, and it...

San Francisco Public Library Stands Up to the Big Six Bullies
September 9, 2012 | 4:21 pm

I can't even begin to explain how incredibly proud I felt of my native San Francisco after stumbling across a San Francisco Chronicle article from mid-August titled "Libraries to try buying e-books directly." If you're not familiar with the struggles public libraries throughout the U.S. are dealing with in regards to e-books, this is a story you should probably read. And if you are familiar with the situation but just don't find yourself caring all that much, well ... this is a story you should absolutely read; it might get you pumped up enough to change your attitude. Here's the takeaway: "Popular demand isn't determining...

Review: Kindle for Android
August 28, 2012 | 11:45 pm

By Jon Jermey Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after all the hype surrounding the launch of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon ended up making more money via their free reading software on other platforms? After all, we have the Kindle Cloud Reader as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac offline applications for non-Linux desktop PCs and laptops, and now Kindle for Android tablets and phones. I couldn’t find comparative figures, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find that people are spending more time reading Kindle books on non-Kindle devices than on the...

The TeleRead Review: Visual Land Prestige 10 Internet Tablet
August 25, 2012 | 2:45 pm

The TeleRead Review: Visual Land Prestige 10 Internet Tablet By Howard Whitman I’ll freely admit that when it comes to tablets, I’m more familiar with the kind The Flintstones wrote on than the newfangled, touchscreen, sorta-computer-thingy ones. Yep, I’m a technology curmudgeon—a man who didn’t start using an iPod until 2011 (although I do love it). But when it comes to tablets, iPad or otherwise, I didn’t have one, didn’t want one, and didn’t see the day when I would. Well, call me convinced. The opportunity to “kick the tires” on Visual Land’s Prestige 10 Tablet for review has been a revelation, because this...

More free Kindle apps from Ereadplus
October 25, 2011 | 8:47 am

Free We previously reported on Ereadplus' free Kindle apps.  Well, I just got an email from Steve Coleman saying that some new ones have been added: EReadPlus.com have issued now less than 3 more free apps today, specifically designed for Kindle and other e-readers . We've got a great SODOKU game for you. Perfectly optimised for e-reader screens. You can play at 4 different skill levels here: http://ereadplus.com/sodoku.php Next is another game - a simpler, quicker version of Sodoku - this one called "FIFTEEN'. Try it here: http://ereadplus.com/fifteen.php And finally, there is a new WEATHER FORECAST tool. Currently cities here are fairly limited, but we...

Kindle apps for the PC and Mac now support Japanese language
May 31, 2010 | 10:57 am

By Stephen WindwalkerOriginally posted to Kindle Nation Daily 5.31.2010 Potentially big news for international readers here. Although Amazon has yet to make an announcement about it, the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac apps now render the Japanese language and alphabet. And thanks to an email that I received overnight from Mr. Toru Suzuki with my Japanese publisher Nikkei Business Publications, I'm happy to announce that one of the first Japanese language texts available to read with the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac apps is a lengthy free excerpt from the Japanese translation of my bestselling Kindle guide.   So,...

Kindle app coming to Android, will allow in-app book purchases
May 18, 2010 | 1:51 am

androidkindle TechCrunch reports that a Kindle app is coming to Android devices sometime this summer. It will require version 1.6 or later and an SD card, and will offer many of the same features as the other Kindle apps—instant download of books and free samples from Amazon as long as you have a working net connection, Whispersync to keep your reading place synchronized across multiple devices, and so on. Like other Kindle apps, it will not support newspapers, magazines, and blogs. However, unlike the Kindle apps for iPhone and iPad, it will allow purchasing books directly from Amazon without...

Kindle iPad App available in the App Store
April 3, 2010 | 7:05 am

Screen shot 2010-04-02 at 9.34.55 PM.pngThe app became available last night. According to the description, these are the additional iPad features: New beautiful user interface tailored to the size, look and feel of the iPad New Home library view with pinch, zoom and scrolling support New page turning animation that replicates the look of turning a page in a book. Customers who prefer a simpler, unadorned reading experience can use the default "Basic Reading Mode" option to turn off animation Adjustable screen brightness within the app to help reduce eye strain This initial Kindle for iPad release has only been tested on the official iPad simulator provided by...