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Kindle for iOS Update version 3.8.1

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Initial post: Jun 5, 2013 9:28:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2013 2:55:24 PM PDT
Kindle for iOS 3.8.1 is now available in the Apple App store. New features include:

* Line Spacing - loose, normal, and tight line spacing options change the page layout to suit your reading preference
* Multipage Highlights - highlight long passages that span multiple pages for added convenience
* Print Replica Textbooks notebook improvements - filter by type: notes, bookmarks, and highlights by color; Sync starred notes between devices
* Accessibility Improvements - select a higher maximum font size, bug fixes
* Bug Fixes/Stability Improvements

If you need assistance with this release, please visit the Kindle Help Community:

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 11:26:12 AM PDT
rons says:
And still no collections :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 11:35:56 AM PDT
John says:
Unbelievable isn't it ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 12:40:42 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
None of the other mobile Kindle apps have it either. Not what I'd choose, but hardly unbelievable.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 2:20:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2013 2:21:37 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I don't see any apparent problems with the update, but I think they mishandled the line spacing option.

The default line spacing on the previous version is now the smallest line spacing available. They should have provided finer control over line spacing and included one or two that are smaller than before. There is enough vertical space to do this and it would help to maintain a good number of lines per page at large font sizes. Perhaps a +/- option as they use for the fonts would be a good approach.

I also think that a couple of even larger fonts sizes would be nice for those with extremely compromised close-up vision. They might not look pretty, but could change someone's life.

Other than that, great update and great ongoing work. This IOS development team has come so far in making this the IOS reading app of choice for people with vision problems. I thank them from bottom of my heart because I did not want to abandon Amazon e-books, but that's where I was headed before all of these wonderful changes were made.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 12:51:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013 12:59:58 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
The new highlight across page boundaries works great, unless you want the highlight to end at the very end of the page. In that case, I found it difficult to stop it from going to the next page. The easy fix is to just do the highlight backwards, starting at the end of the page.

Another tip. Although there is no copy to clipboard function, no doubt to prevent easy copying of the entire book, you can highlight up to twelve words and copy them to Google or Wikipedia search. From those search boxes, they can be copied to the clipboard. It's an awkward, but viable way, to copy text for attribution in academic documents.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 9:02:07 AM PDT
Ed says:
Dorsie, you are a veritable cornucopia of valuable tidbits of helpful information. Thanking you 'anticipatorially' (or - 'anticipatorilizationally')

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 4:34:33 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
Thanks, Ed! Does anticipatorially mean that you liked the tips I already posted or that you are anticipating another one, 'cause I'm fresh out.

(iBooks lets you copy and paste as much as you want. They're not supposed to. Shhh. (conspiratorially.))

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 4:54:11 PM PDT
Warwick says:
Will a future update possibly include the "dustcovers" of books? I have loads of books that I buy in anticipation of reading, but have no idea what the books in my library are about once they are bought, as there is no summary. Or am I looking in the wrong place?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 5:07:19 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Warwick, that's a frequently-requested feature for all incarnations of the Kindle (Kincarnations?), both hardware and software. Having to access the Kindle Store for summaries is often inconvenient, and sometimes not possible.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 6:21:26 PM PDT
Ed says:
Dorsey, yup.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 9:21:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013 9:22:39 PM PDT
One thing I've noticed in the last two updates is the inability to download mobi files from my sugarsync or dropbox to my kindle for iPad. These are regular mobi files generated from calibre and stored online. It seems I can open them up on the kindle ap for iphone, but not on the iPad. When I download the mobi file from dropbox on my iPhone, it asks what I want to open it with and lists the kindle iOS application, I click on that and it opens the mobi document in the Kindle app. However, the same prompt shows up on the iPad and it refuses to open the mobi file in the Kindle app. Perhaps a bug, but no problems opening calibre generated EPUB files in iBooks using the same method. Strange.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 11:08:39 PM PDT
I can't find a way to add bookmarks in this latest version. This worked fine before... What's up?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 11:28:27 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I don't have Sugarsync or Dropbox, but I am able to e-mail Baen and Calibre converted mobi's to both my iPad 4 and iPad Mini, covers and all. Both iPads are on iOS 6.3.1.

The reason I stopped using Dropbox was problems like this when I first tried it about a year ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 11:43:29 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
You tap the upper right corner just as before. I did notice that on the iPhone it only shows the tiny folded corner when you create the bookmark. That is very hard to see if you are reading white text on black, especially at low brightness. To see the blue chevron bookmark, tap the center of the screen to bring up controls. This was probably done to save precious margin space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 12:07:27 AM PDT
Yes, I've tried that... but on the iPad mini the bookmark area seems to be missing entirely. Haven't tried it on the phone yet.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 12:52:53 AM PDT
Wayne says:
I just got a Kindle fire and while I am impressed by the screen and quicklness etc. I feel like I have stepped back with this purchase. There is not apparent way to put my books in a category to aid with search. I want categories, call it Librarys if the would make you feel better but I need a way to group my books. For instance I have a group "Current Reading" It obviously is how I think of books (ie by category), so why is it so hard to please a customer?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 12:58:46 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
I can't duplicate the problem on my iPad Mini either, but in the Apple app store some reviews are coming in saying that it is an intermittent problem that goes away if you close the app from the multitasking bar and open it again. But they say the problem starts up again after a while.

One reviewer noted that when he updated, the older version was running. Since you've already updated, you would have to delete the app and reload, and that can be a pain. I do most of my reading on the Mini so I'll keep an eye out, and I'd like to know if you get any more information.

One thing I do on all my iThings is to completely close all apps, power them off, and restart again every day or two. It clears memory and solves all kinds of problems. I hope you find something that works and thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 1:07:56 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
There must be some problem of which we are unaware, because none of the mobile apps or the fires have collections. I suspect Amazon is trying to figure out how to sync collections between any and all devices, because that would be the first complaint if they didn't.

People are used to and demand syncing of all info from one Kindle (app, reader or Fire) to another, and collections could pose a daunting cross-platform problem that Apple doesn't have to deal with and Nook ignores.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 7:12:37 AM PDT
helping hand says:
I am a disability coordinator at a university. I have a blind PhD student with a long list of books that cannot be purchased through the library. My question is: Will the new kindle apps for pc enable her to underline, bookmark, etc. with audio?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 8:40:49 AM PDT
Thanks -- killing/restarting the app worked!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 12:54:30 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
Great. Let's hope it stays fixed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 12:59:46 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
This thread is about Apple mobile Kindle apps, so the users here are not experts at the Kindle for PC.

You should post this question in the Kindle Help Forum.

Make sure to post it as a new question. If you scroll past the active threads, you will find an Ask a New Question tab.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 2:54:15 PM PDT
I would not be able to read a line if not for the large font. I am so thankful for it. I am house bound so all I have is my e-books and computer which I can't see unless the pages can be enlarged.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 8:44:06 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I also love my iPad for the Accessibility Zoom option that lets me zoom anything on the screen by double tapping with three fingers. I almost switched to Android but couldn't find an app that would do that. Now I'm so glad I stayed with iPad because the Kindle for iOS app has become Best in Show.
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