Apple updated its own eBook reader app this week, iBooks, and now Amazon has updated its own iOS reader app to add in some nice new features.
The Kindle reader app continues to have one of the longest app names in the business – Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks – but the app was the preferred book reading application for many readers until iBooks got a nice improvement. But Amazon knows a lot of customers like to buy media from them, but then access that material on an Apple device, so the company needs to keep up.
The app update this morning adds some new font options. With the update, eBooks now will have a "Publisher's Font", the suggested font to use with the book. Another new font has also been added to the choices, Caecilia.
The most important updates, though, are support for Japanese, including vertical text and manga.
Amazon has also added its "X-Ray for Textbooks" feature to the iOS app. X-Ray allows the reader to access important terms and more.
Amazon describes their feature this way on its website: "X-Ray allows readers to explore "the bones of a book." Tap on any page as you read to find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia."