Latest Amazon Kindle update for iPad upsets readers?

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It seems, all is not well with loyal Amazon Kindle readers. In the latest update to the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone, the landscape orientation was adjusted to a two column mode for the iPad. The implementation is not exactly smooth, there is no divider separating the two columns and they are very narrow indeed. The idea is great, but you as you can see it’s implementation pales in comparison to iBooks.  Additionally iPad, users are used to looking at the screen in full in landscape, if you change something like this you should allow an option, to revert to the previous view.

Irish users, have yet to comment in the app store, but the US store is starting to get busy with upset customers, a few examples have been outlined below. What do you think, are you happy? Do you even read in landscape mode? Let us know in the comments.

Let us choose how we want to see the material. I can’t stand the two column in landscape. Please change this soon.

Hate the new two column view. The lack of that is why I picked the Kindle app and store over the apple iBooks app and store for my ebooks. Hopefully the next version makes it optional. I can see how others may like it but it is definitely not for me.

the two-column page was foisted on us. I realize that some people like it, but for me it just breaks up the page into two too-narrow columns, with no divider between them. It also limits my ability to appreciate graphics (maps, photos) that are in landscape. Since I do most of my reading in a landscape format, this is a real disappointment. If I wanted an app that looked like iBooks, I’d use iBooks. Could you please make this an optional setting on the next update? Soon??

Hat tip to George Fisher for the tip off.

John Ryan

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