January 11, 2016 Last Updated 3:03 pm

Amazon adds sharing features to its iOS Kindle app in update previously released for Android

The iOS version of the Kindle app has bene updated today by Amazon to add more social sharing features, as well as the ability to download multiple eBooks at the same time. The update brings the app up to version 4.16.

The social sharing don’t go as far as Glose, but they are a step in the right direction:

What’s New in Version 4.16
Social Sharing: This feature makes it easier than ever to recommend a book to a friend or chat about a funny quote. Kindle book readers (or senders) can recommend the book or share a quote from the book with whomever they want – one friend, a group of friends, or more. Customers can choose from the apps they use every day to chat with friends like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as email, texting, and more.

Parallel Downloads: This feature allows customers to download up to 3 books simultaneously. Previous versions of the iOS app only allowed customers to download one book at a time (i.e. additional downloads would be queued and downloaded one at a time). With the new update, customers will be happy to see that the kindle app will download up to 3 books in parallel.

Audible: Minor UX improvements to how the player is shown/hidden.

The Android version of the app inside Google Play is on version 4.19.0, so the numbering is a little off between iOS and Android. The Android update released in December added the same social sharing features, as well as the improvements to audio books. But no mention is made of parallel downloads (which may or may not already be available for Android).

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