The iPad has not really taken off as a platform for ebooks yet. Thus far the screen resolution has been high, but still not a match for the various e-ink screens available on dedicated ereaders. All this could well change with the release of the iPad 3 thanks to its retina display that packs more pixels than ever before. The latest version of the iPad may have only just been released a week after its official announcement, but the Kindle app for iOS has been updated to take advantage of the increased resolution.
The update helps to ensure that books and magazines look as crisp as ever but there are few other updates or improvements to enjoy. Despite the version number increasing to 3.0 – perhaps to match the third generation of the iPad – aside from the retina display support, the only other changes to be found here are a redesigned library and a new cloud view.
This last feature makes it possible to access all of your ebooks in the cloud, combining the collections you have amassed across your various devices. You are presented with what basically amounts to two separate libraries – the publications that are on your device, and those that you have acquired but are still online. Books stored in the cloud can be easily downloaded to your device.
There is also a new look for the library on iPad, while iPhone users have a grid view to work with. Pitted against the likes of iBooks, the Kindle iOS app is still found slightly lacking but the look brought about by the higher resolution is certainly welcome. This is first app update that could see the new iPad transformed into a more viable platform for ebooks.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the Kindle for iOS review page.