Amazon Brings Landscape Mode and Viewing Customizations to 'Kindle for iPhone'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon's Kindle for iPhone [App Store, Free] has been updated to Version 1.1, bringing several important new features to the popular eBook reader. Most notably, Amazon has added support for viewing in landscape orientation and the ability to customize text and background colors. The changes include:

    TechCrunch discusses the changes and includes several screenshots illustrating the text and background color customization options.

    Article Link: Amazon Brings Landscape Mode and Viewing Customizations to 'Kindle for iPhone'
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2007
  3. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Very nice. I like the Sepia text/background much better than black on white.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I downloaded this last night and used it and WOW. I love the lock feature in landscape mode as I generally read in bed so the angle that I hold my phone results in the screen rotating against my wishes. I love this thing.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    I want the lock feature for everything now!
    I HATE when the iPhone is constantly rotating orientations. I really hope Apple either adds a similar lock feature, or at least allows you to disable rotation.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    I wrote about the new Kindle update this morning for

    Really like it. The app just needs two features now. The ability to flick up and down as well as left-right/right-left and Instapaper Pro's text scroll.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    I agree. I may be willing to read a book now on my iphone, but I still wish they would let us buy newspapers
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2008
    I am glad the app has been updated for those that wanted new features, and in that, I am very glad that there is an option to lock the orientation. I won't ever use landscape mode, and I don't want my screen switching back and forth if I am laying down at a weird angle.

    However, I have submitted feedback because this lock option is not persistent, and I would really like an option to turn off the new tap to turn pages option. It allows for accidental page turning, where as the flick is a bit more deliberate, and I like that.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    The lock button is the best thing ever. I hate it when apps turn just because I want to lay on my side and view them. Great move Amazon.
  10. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Excellent! Will have to update. I like that they're pushing the envelope with this app... I do still use it, even though I have a Kindle.
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Excellent! Everything I was looking forward to. I'll have to re-download this and give it a shot (again).
  12. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    So is this the first feature they have brought over from stanza after they bought it?
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2008
    Great Update. There's still one thing I really want

    An integrated dictionary (optionally unabridged), giving one click look-up of any word in any book.

    That's the one feature of e-reader that I so miss and so want here. I'm surprised I'm the only one mentioning this.

    I do assume though that with OS 3.0 they'll make it easy to copy any word which then would be easily pasted into any other dictionary. That would be getting very close.

  14. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It's obviously possible, and not a new idea in readers, since it's a major Kindle feature (on the hardware Kindle). There may be commercial issues with having it be a locally stored dictionary (I'm presuming some small part of the cost of the Kindle bankrolls the copy of the North American Oxford Dictionary that is bundled on it, as some small part of an OS X license does likewise).
  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2008

    eReader is designed so that a small dictionary is included for one click lookup (when reading any OTHER book), but any eReader dictionary that you buy can be used as both a straight dictionary and the default dictionary for one click lookup. Such dictionaries are sold in the same way that all ebooks are sold on their site.

    I'd happily pay extra for a kindle dictionary. Until that feature is available, eReader will continue to be the first place I look for ebooks.

    Of course it IS very nice to have kindle's huge inventory available. When I get the urge to read a particular book, the odds that it's available for the iPhone has gone up by a factor of 4 since we've gotten kindle.
  16. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I hope you guys already know about this, but Stanza has a built-in dictionary. You tap and hold over a word to get its definition.

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