Amazon Updates Kindle App for New iPad

One day ahead of the release of Apple’s new iPad, Amazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS devices to take advantage of the new device, including the Retina Display’s 2048 x 1536 resolution. The company has also brought some of the cloud storage options found in Amazon’s own Kindle Fire and the browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader to the app, and given it a new interface.

The new version has been labeled version 3.0, and the new interface includes the ability to see just what has been downloaded to your iPad or iPhone or view everything you have purchased i the past that is stored on Amazon’s cloud.

New features, according to Amazon:

  • New for iPad: Customers now have access to the huge selection of over 400 magazines and newspapers that are available on Kindle Fire. Magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Popular Science and many more are displayed in rich full-color pages. Customers can buy a single issue or subscribe to popular magazines and leading newspapers and have them wirelessly delivered to the Kindle for iPad app.
  • New for iPad: Read print replica textbooks including rich formatting and layout of the print editions and support for notes and highlights, zoom and pan, and linked table of contents.
  • New: Email PDFs & other documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. The documents are automatically archived in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download on your iOS or supported Kindle devices. You can also read PDFs from Mail, Safari, or by transferring them from iTunes.

As our new iPads are inexplicably still sitting in FedEx holding pens, we can’t actually show you the new interface or side by side comparisons, but we assume the update will look pretty spiffy on the new device.

That said, here’s a screenshot of the new interface on the old iPad:

Kindle for iPad

Kindle 3.0 for iPad

Kindle app is a hybrid app for iPhone and iPad, and it’s a free download.