Amazon's Kindle for iOS Adds Magazines and Print Replica Textbooks for iPad

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Amazon today updated its Kindle app for iOS, taking on Apple's Newsstand feature by adding compatibility with hundreds of magazines on the iPad. In addition, Kindle for iPad can now handle "print replica" textbooks, preserving the original formatting and layout from print editions for improved usability.
    In addition, Amazon has added support for Send-to-Kindle on all iOS devices, allowing users to send documents to their Kindle devices and apps for reading while also storing them in the cloud. Finally, Kindle for iOS now sports a new library view and support for PDF import and viewing.

    Article Link: Amazon's Kindle for iOS Adds Magazines and Print Replica Textbooks for iPad
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2003

    Sounds interesting ... Really it is just the look and feel of the iBook App (the smoothness of the page turning etc) that keeps me interested. The Kindle, though a bit more clunky has a much greater selection and I can read it on my computer!
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    I don't see it competing against newstand as much as maybe Zinio. I've already got enough invested in Zinio that I'm not going to change up now. Besides, I like Zinio's interface better just as I think iBooks interface is nicer. Just with things were DRM free so we could use the apps we want to view content...
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2008
    What's great about this update is personal documents can now be downloaded. This used to only work on hardware Kindles.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    I love this update. Never thought they would allow it.

    I have a Kindle but sometimes I don't have it with me.
    So nice to have my iPad 2 synch my personal document books were I left off on my Kindle Touch.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    Do you prefer to read on your Kindle or on your iPad? Why?
    Just curious.
  7. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'm interested to check out this new feature, too.
  8. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2011
    Having tried both, I have reached the conclusion that I prefer reading proper books rather than staring at screens all day long.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    I like having my entire library in one spot, synced between all my mobile devices and computers, along with a tap dictionary and the ability to see what other people thought were important. I also like the money I save from buying the Kindle version instead of the print version.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2011
    I too like the convenience of having all of my documents with me at all times, that's why I got an iPad in the first place. Carrying all of my library is neither here or there; I do not need access to all of the books I have ever read or might read all of the time. Actually studying or reading an academic book on the iPad has not been a satisfactory experience to me. Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned when it comes to books.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Nov 23, 2009
    I have an iPad 2 and recently purchased a Kindle Touch for reading. I love the Kindle and only wish I had purchased it sooner. Especially for night reading, it seems easier on the eyes. No bright screen to absorb and keep you awake. Plus, it's much smaller and easier to hold.

    I like being able to sync all my books across all devices, too. And that now includes a Kindle Touch. Works great!
  12. macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    I'm really enjoying my Kindle Fire. I take it with me to appointments, out on my sailboat, when traveling....and I keep it on my nightstand for getting in that before bed reading session.

    Moving to eBooks was the last step in going digital for me. I haven't bought a CD in at least 5 years, quit buying DVD's a couple years ago, so books/magazines were the last step. I get all my music via iTunes, movies are rented/purchased through iTunes and AppleTV2 or Netflix, and now books/magazines are through Kindle.

    I can keep stuff on the device or in the Cloud...nice because I can use the Kindle App on my MBP to read the books/magazines if I'm not using the Kindle, if I ever move to an iPad I'm not losing any investment in content.

    I love the form factor of the KF. I have it in a nice case so it's the size of an average paperback book, maybe just a little bigger, easy to hold and does web, email, apps, streams Netflix as well as being a great eReader.

    I have no issues reading on it. I keep the brightness turned down and use the tan background so it's very, very close to reading an older, slightly yellowed paperback. I spend at least 2 hours every night reading in bed before going to sleep.

    Why would an Apple Fanboi buy a Kindle Fire and not an iPad? Mainly because I have a 17" MacBook Pro. If I didn't have the MBP, would be a different story. The iPad just doesn't give me anything my MBP can't do, except the cool form factor. Spending the $$$ on an iPad compared to the cost of the Fire...just for an eReader....just couldn't see it. It was the right decision for me personally, my needs, and budget.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2008
    I took a quick look and compare two issues of the Official Xbox Magazine app, and an issue of the magazine in the Kindle app.

    I noticed the Kindle Newstand was of a lesser quality. Comparing the Editors Letter, the text on the Kindle app was harder to read. I did not take a look a similar issue in Zinio.

    It's too bad that's the case, since I like having my magazines (and books, but the book quality is fine) in a multi-platform format. While I'm sure it works out the same financially, subscribing to a magazine and getting charged only $2/month instead of the money all at once is appealing.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    I prefer e-ink always but don't always have my Kindle Touch with me.
    Regardless, it's nice to have a choice.
    I can pick up my phone or iPad and it will know where I left off in my book.

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