Yesterday Amazon updated their already rather popular Kindle App for the Phone, iPod touch and iPad. The update includes the ability to play video and audio clips within Kindle books. Best of all, it doesn’t require downloading an update to the app itself.
Even though there are currently only 13 titles available in the store which embed video and audio, we are sure more will soon be available.
“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” said Amazon Kindle director Dorothy Nicholls. “This is just the beginning, we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”
The new audio-video functionality is already ready to go in the latest 2.1.1 update of Kindle, a universal 6.6MB app that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. That update also brought optimizations for the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, and more is coming with the next release, including instant word lookup (from an included dictionary as well as via Google or Wikipedia) as well as “Search Inside The Book” on the iPad.