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Amazon’s Kindle for iOS gets update

Features background downloads, access to free books as well as public domain books, file support and more

US based multinational electronic firm, headquartered in Seattle, Washington Amazon, on the 10th of January 2011, and announced a major update to the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The app post the update, provides access to a plethora of free books as well as public domain books, like allowing access to millions of books which are part of Project Gutenberg's collection. Project Gutenberg's collection is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. The app further allows support for raw files. In addition it is capable of loading supported text from Mail or Safari. The iTunes' File Sharing can also be used for sideloading books from a computer. Apart from the above, the update makes it possible for users to experience enhanced quality in terms of the zoom feature, as well as take advantage of a new book indicator and several unspecified bug fixes.

The 2.5 update on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone, takes advantage of iOS 4 and will finish a book download in the background. There is still no word as to when the company expects the updates to reach Android, Windows Phone 7 or other platforms that carry its mobile app.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)