This week, Amazon updated its popular Kindle app for Android, iOS, and the web (the Kindle Cloud Reader) to support reading children titles, comic books, and graphics novels. Up until now, this type of publications were only available on the Kindle Fire.
The update makes accessible over 1,000 comics and books to Android users, including classic titles such as Superman, Batman, or, in the kids-friendly category, Curious George.
Along with the new content, Android users will find that the new Kindle app is more versatile and flexible, thanks to a number of usability tweaks. These include the possibility to customize margins and line spacing, and also the ability to display two pages side-by-side in landscape mode (for Android tablets).
Version 3.1 of the app also brings a new Panel View, meant for reading comics and graphics novel in a way that closely mimics the experience of browsing through a physical comic book. For children books, that rely heavily on visuals, Amazon has implemented fixed layouts and a Text Pop Up feature that will make it easy to read text on supported titles.
The new features are great news for comic books lovers and parents of small children, but the latest Kindle update also comes with some bug fixes, including a particularly annoying one, that forced readers to re-register every time they returned to the app. Therefore, all users should benefit from it.
The Kindle for Android app is available from the Play Store here. If you already have the app installed, just check your My Apps section in the Play Store to get the update.
Any comic book geek reading us? Does this update satisfy your comics lust?