Amazon has rolled out an update for its applications on iOS, Android and Kindle Cloud Reader that helps them better support books that are heavy on images. This will greatly improve the reading experience for anyone using Kindle Apps to read children’s books, graphic novels and comics.
People using Kindle apps for children’s books will notice that they added fixed layouts, better image displays and pop out text that will scale to fit the screen. This will allow parents to better create the feeling of reading a physical book to their children, which has always been something eReaders lacked. For text, eBooks have been fine in the past, but as soon as a book got image-heavy, it just didn’t look so great.
Comics and graphic novels have their own separate improvements. Supported titles are presented in a Kindle Panel View. This will enhance the reading experience by showing artwork panel by panel. This way the reader is not missing out on half the enjoyment of the comic, which is looking at the fine details of the art.
If you are using an Android tablet or Cloud Reader, Kindle have added a two page view for wide-screen displays. There are a couple more tweaks that apply to only the iOS version, such as improved margins on the iPad version to offer a better viewing experience and help you focus on the text. They also reeled in library search by title and author.
Amazon has more than 1000 children’s and comic books available, so there are plenty of choices out there to help you take advantage of these new features and improvements. What do you think of the update?