Amazon updates Kindle for iPad, iPhone/iPod touch with video and audio

Summary:Amazon has sweetened up the Kindle application that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with some extra multimedia support.

Amazon has sweetened up the Kindle application that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with some extra multimedia support.

The latest version of the Kindle app, which is available for free in the iTunes app store, will allow for the support of embedded video and audio clips. So that includes stuff like hearing random bird calls to some awesome extras like an on-scene tour with Rick Steves' Rome guidebook.

This seems like a great step in making e-reader apps (and e-book readers themselves) more exciting and better learning tools with more features to take advantage of. Clips will have to be small in size though, depending on the target gadget's hard drive space. Hopefully Amazon expands this to more titles soon as well, as only 13 titles are tagged with "Kindle Edition with Audio/Video" at the moment.

Topics: iPad, Amazon, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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