June 30, 2016 Last Updated 10:55 am

Publishing platforms update their apps, Harper’s gets update from 29th Street Publishing

Several digital publishing platforms, as well as some support apps, were updated this week. The flow of app updates will slow from here as the Independence Day holiday is Monday.

Amazon updated its Kindle reading apps, adding a new navigation feature called Page Flip.

Page Flip automatically saves the page you’re reading in a book, pinning it to the side of your screen for easy navigation. Flip back and forth in a book with confidence, knowing you can instantly jump back to reading with a simple tap of your pinned page.

“As an author, I love knowing that my work is presented with fluid clarity, freeing my readers from the page shuffling that can cloud and spoil the narrative,” said Laura Hillenbrand, best-selling author of Unbroken. “With Page Flip, books become vastly more accessible, navigable, interactive, and enthralling. As a ravenous reader and scholar, I savor the ease with which Page Flip allows me to keep thumbnails of maps and diagrams, my notes and highlighted passages, and bookmarked pages before me as I read, so that all I wish to see is accessible with the tap of a finger and my focus never has to leave the storytelling.”

Barnes & Noble also has updated its eBook reading app for NOOK, adding support for its own enhanced book format.

NOOK-feature-300I must note that it is incredible that here we are in mid-year 2016, and Barnes & Noble is finally realizing that they can’t continue to fight Amazon and Apple by pretending that eBooks, and the various forms they will take, will disappear. I have had conversations with B&N managers that were beyond incredible. Denial is too weak a word for what I encountered.

Sadly, B&N should have been a leader in the development of interactive eBooks, but only Apple showed any enthusiasm for the potential – and they stopped caring a couple of years ago.

Nonetheless, here is the update.

What’s New in Version 4.6.0
• Now supporting the Enhanced NOOK Book format (embedded video and audio clips)
• Search and download FREE books (including Free Friday books)
• Search for your books using iOS Spotlight search (iOS9 only)
• Find even more related books in product details page
• Serial Reads: Font Size Control
• New Evening Theme (easier on the eyes at night)
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Harpers-iPhone6-380Google has updated its Google News app, bringing it up to the easy to remember version number of 1.15.831, The update fixes a crash seen in the few people still on iOS 7, and making changes to the Spotlight and Week in Review sections.

Among the other Google app updates is one to Google Translate. The update brings the app up to version 5.1.0 and fixes several bugs. The app description also states that the app now offers offline translations for 52 languages, 13 of them new, and now instant camera translation for English to/from Chinese – both Simplified and Traditional).

Adobe has updated both their Adobe Capture CC and their Adode Spark Page iOS apps. Adobe does a good job of going through the details of what exactly they have fixed in these updates, a practice I wish other developers followed.

There have been very few publication app updates of late, but one of them is for Harper’s Magazine, which still uses the 29th Street Publishing platform. The update brings the app up to version 2.2 and says makes the app faster.

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