Amazon Releases Impressive Update for iOS and Android Kindle Apps

The boy reading under the tree now faces in the other direction in the new iOS and Android app icon that will show up on your phone or tablet when you up update the app. Lots else is new, too.

Amazon this morning is releasing an “all-new” Kindle app at the iOS App Store and Google Play. On Friday’s episode of The Kindle Chronicles podcast I will have lots to say about the app, based on a virtual demo I received yesterday from two Kindle execs in New York City via Amazon’s Chime videoconferencing platform.

My initial take on the new app is that it is bookish, elegant, smart, and quicker to navigate than its predecessor. The design is easy on the eyes, from the switched-around boy reading under a tree in the opening Kindle icon to bigger images of your book covers and a more page-like appearance to the screens of the app.

The new app continues Amazon’s steady integration of Goodreads, acquired four years ago when Goodreads had 16 million members. The membership now stands at more than 65 million, and I bet most of them read Kindle books on phones and tablets. The updated app makes it easier than ever to switch from within a book to discuss it with your friends and the broader community at Goodreads.

Here is the press release released today at 9 a.m. ET:

Amazon Announces All-New Kindle App—Easier Than Ever to Read and Connect with Friends

All-new Kindle app turns your phone or tablet into a book—read anytime, anywhere

An app built for book lovers—with everything you need all in one place, seamlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more

Be part of a community of readers—with Goodreads built into Kindle for iOS
you can now discover and discuss books with friends, authors, and more

The new app displays larger images of book covers and, at the bottom of the screen, a thumbnail of the book you are currently reading.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 24, 2017– (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle app that makes it easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book—so you can read anytime, anywhere. The Kindle app is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to the most popular Kindle features—you can effortlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personalized bookstore and more. Also, with the Goodreads community built into Kindle for iOS, you can easily discover and discuss books with friends. The all-new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting this week.

“We’ve built the new Kindle app from the ground up for book lovers, giving readers easy access to everything they might want to do with their books, all in one place,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. “It’s now easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book and immerse yourself in an author’s world at any time.”

All-New Design

With the new Kindle app, it is easier to get to what you want. Whether it’s starting the next chapter in the book you’re reading or a quick search through your library, the all-new design makes switching back and forth seamless. Key updates include:

  • All-New Look—The Kindle app features a new look and feel inspired by books. Details include larger book covers, new fonts, a new app icon, and new light and dark background themes to choose from.
  • One-Tap Access—New bottom bar navigation automatically shows an icon of the book you’re currently reading, making it easier than ever to get back to reading at any moment. The bottom bar also provides quick access to Kindle’s most popular features allowing you to switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
  • Easy Search—The search bar is now always available throughout the app, so whether a book is in your library or among the millions of titles in the Kindle Store, it’s easier than ever to find it.

Discover and Discuss Books with Friends and the Goodreads Community on Kindle for iOS

The new Kindle for iOS app also helps customers discuss and get book recommendations from their friends, authors, and other readers with the Goodreads community now built right into the app. Goodreads, an Amazon subsidiary, is the world’s largest community of readers, with more than 65 million members.

“For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around half of them saying they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”

Reading is better when you can discuss it with friends. In Kindle for iOS you can now:

  • Find New Books to Read—Browse the new Community tab to keep up-to-date with what friends and readers you follow are reading. When you find a book you are interested in, you can add it to your Want to Read list for quick reference when you are ready to start your next book.
  • Connect with Readers Who Like Similar Books—To help you get recommendations from readers who like the same books, Goodreads also suggests people to follow, including authors and popular Goodreads reviewers.
  • Share Your Thoughts About Books You’ve Read—Post notes and highlights from your book for friends to see and comment on. Easily share when you start reading a book, as well as your rating/review when you’ve finished a book.

Starting today, the Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features are available on Kindle for iOS (in the US only), and will be coming to Kindle for Android in a future release. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anytime, anywhere visit

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NOTE from Len: Information from the demo was embargoed until today (Tuesday) at 9 am ET, just as Darlene and I are due to board the Acela with our Wyoming friends Tom and Tish, bound for NYC to see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and attend the musical Come From Away. I’m not sure how quickly this post (drafted Monday night) will go live. It will depend on how reliable Amtrak’s WiFi service is on the train. Fingers crossed!



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Comments 5

  1. jane wrote:

    Hi Len~

    What do you think of the new Kindle Oasis? Have you any advanced product information, or experience with the new Oasis?

    Love the podcast.


    Posted 26 Oct 2017 at 10:44 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I held one briefly at the product demo a couple of weeks, Jane. It’s an impressive redesign, and I think I will enjoy the larger screen size. I will have lots to say about it on Oct. 31 when they ship!

    Posted 26 Oct 2017 at 10:57 am
  3. Dan wrote:

    I have the new app but the pages are plain white, black or sepia. They don’t appear with shading as in the video. Was that because of the specific book in the video? Or are everyone’s pages plain still?

    Posted 28 Oct 2017 at 9:54 pm
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I think he was talking about the app screens showing the list of books in you library etc, not the pages of an actual book.

    Posted 29 Oct 2017 at 4:18 am
  5. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Dan, the shading that Set talked about is of the pages that are in the app, not in the book itself. Like the library listing of books. It’s a very subtle bit of design that I had difficulty seeing in the demo. I think I can see it now on my iPhone, but I may be talking myself into it, because I so like the fact they even thought it up.

    Posted 30 Oct 2017 at 8:33 am