Today’s Kindle app update for both iOS and Android has received little notice inside the comics world, but it has been enhanced to include comics and children’s books.
Children’s books, comic books and graphics novels on the iPad are presented in full color. Over a thousand children’s titles are available, including “Brown Bear” and “Curious George,” in addition to popular comics like Superman and Batman from DC.
“Children’s books come to life with brilliant images, fixed layouts, and Kindle Text Pop-Up for supported titles to magnify text for easy reading on any size screen,” Amazon’s description reads. “Comics and graphic novels are presented in Kindle Panel View for supported titles, showcasing the artwork in a panel by panel experience that reads as the author intended.”
Superman and Batman were spotlighted in the update page, as you can see, and DC’s GNs are available, with added content via Shelfari, as are all GNs in the app. Because Amazon does not participate in Apple’s proprietary pricing scheme, comics cannot be purchased directly via the Kindle app on iOS, but will be available to read after purchase elsewhere.
Speaking of DC and their problematic Kindle Fire exclusive…is it now over? Is WATCHMEN back in B&N? And what happened to comiXology? The world will probably never penetrate all the NDAs involved to answer these questions.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.