Tips for Reading with Kindle on iPad

10 Nov

In a previous post I wrote about how to install the Kindle App for iPad and explained how to download Kindle books through the Cloud and onto your device.

kindle-app

Since then, the Kindle App for iPad has been updated with a slightly different layout and now offers some new features.

Whether you are preparing to go on vacation, commuting to work or planning to read books at home, I’m sure you will find the following tips about Kindle for iPad very useful. Let’s get started…

Open your Kindle App

If you don’t have the Kindle App on your iPad or want to know how to download new books, follow these instructions to get you started.

Understanding Cloud and Device

kindle-app-all-items-device

After you sign in with your Amazon account, the main screen (Library) will display a list of books. On the bottom of your screen you will find two buttons. Cloud and Device. Cloud refers to Kindle books purchased and stored on your Amazon account. They can be free or paid books. Device refers only to the specific Kindle books from your Amazon account that have already been downloaded onto your iPad.

Tapping on a book while on Cloud mode will download the book onto your device. Tapping on a book cover while on Device mode will open the book to begin reading.

Menus and Slider

At any time, while reading the book, you can tap once in the middle of the screen. The top menu and the bottom slider will appear.

kindle-app-top-menu
kindle-app-bottom-slider

Library – Table of Contents

The first item on the top menu allows you to go back to the Library, go to a specific book page (using Location…) and view it’s table of contents.

kindle-app-library-toc

Font Menu

The “Aa” menu controls the brightness options, font size, font type, background color (White, Black or Sepia), text width and line spacing,

kindle-app-view-options

Search Menu

The magnifier menu lets you search for specific text within the book.

kindle-app-search

Bookmarks and Notebook

The bookmark menu allows you to place a bookmark on a specific page. The “My Notebook” menu lists the bookmarks that you have so you can come back to them later.

kindle-app-my-notebook-menu

Page Slider

Since the Kindle App lets you choose font size, type and line spacing, instead of page numbers (that would frequently change), the App uses location % to indicate your overall position in the book.

kindle-app-bottom-slider

The slider allows you to quickly navigate the book without having to flip pages.

Highlighting, Dictionary, Wikipedia and Translate

To highlight a word or phrase, tap and hold on it, and then release. You can then select different highlighting colors, search for the definition in a Dictionary, Wikipedia or even translate it to another language. You can also insert a note on your Notebook or copy the word or phrase and paste it somewhere else.

kindle-app-highlight-dictionary-translate

Questions? Thoughts?

There are plenty of book titles available for Kindle. I still enjoy reading paper books but sometimes weight, space or price constraints makes it more convenient to get the digital format.

Have you tried the Kindle App for iPad? Which features do you like the most?

I welcome your feedback. Let me know by posting a comment below.

Tags: , , , , , ,