Kindle for iOS 3.8 update adds cross-page highlights

This just in:

An update this morning for the Kindle iOS app (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) contains a feature that I have been pining for ever since it first appeared on E Ink Kindles – the ability to make highlights across pages.

Version 3.8 of the free iOS app also adds the ability to adjust line spacing among loose, normal and tight settings, and there are Print Replica Textbooks notebook improvements. You can filter by type: notes, bookmarks, and highlights by color, and sync starred notes between devices. I have not tried these textbook features yet, but they clearly make sense in a homework environment.

The Multipage Highlights feature works just the way it does on a Kindle Paperwhite and other E Ink Kindles. You start a highlight on one page, move the cursor or your finger down to the lower right corner of the screen, and then the highlight will jump over to cover the entire next page. The action is faster on my iPad mini than on my Paperwhite, so I had to adjust my use of this tool in order not to zoom the highlight to yet another page. Once you reach the page where you want the highlight to end, you bring your finger, stylus or cursor up the screen a bit to stop where you want the highlight to end.

This is a feature that the Kindle Fire doesn’t have yet, so the Kindle iOS app takes yet another leap ahead of the Amazon tablet. An earlier iOS update enabled you to make highlights in four different colors – red, blue, yellow, and orange. That could be very handy if you wanted to highlight different types of content and have a color guide to what type they are.

I love making highlights and notes when I’m reading on my Kindles and apps, so for me this is a big advance. I hope it comes soon to the Kindle Fire!

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Comments 1

  1. casehappy wrote:

    The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.
    The highlighting feature is very useful tool.

    Posted 26 Nov 2013 at 2:50 am