Kindle App Gets Dictionary, Search, More in Latest Update

Amazon’s Kindle app was updated to version 2.2 last night adding a number of new features. This update comes on the heels of Amazon’s announcement of a new Wi-Fi-only Kindle device priced aggressively at $139, emphasizing that the giant online retailer remains serious about ebooks on a number of platforms.

The full list of new features in this update is as follows:

  • Instant word lookup on included dictionary with 250,000 entries and definitions
  • Search inside the book on iPad
  • Improved experience for searching inside the book on iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Improvements to line-spacing on iPad
  • Look up words on Google and Wikipedia
  • Fast app switching and bug fixes on iOS4 devices

While the Kindle app is nearly on par with Apple’s own iBooks app in terms of features for reading ebooks, it still requires users to exit the app and use Safari to browse the Kindle book store and make purchases.

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