May 27, 2016

Kindle for iPad Now Supports Children’s Books, Graphic Novels


Amazon’s iPad and Cloud Reader apps now support more than 1,000 children’s books, comic books, and graphic novels in full color.

Titles include Ian Falconer’s Olivia (Atheneum, 2000), Donald Crews’s Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1993), the popular “Sesame Street” and “Curious George” series, Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” series, and comics featuring DC superheroes such as Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern. There’s also 40 years of Doonesbury comics available and eight picture books from Amazon Publishing priced at $1.99.

The books have zoomable text for easy reading on any screen, and graphic novels are viewed by panels.

“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,” reads Amazon’s description. “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.” These books were previously only available to Kindle Fire and Android users.

Children’s books, comics, and graphic novels first debuted on the Kindle platform late last year, with the launch of the Kindle Fire touchscreen tablet and its color display. This latest update makes all this content available on the iPad. The free updated iOS software is now available on the App Store as a 19.9-megabyte download that requires iOS 4.2 or later.

To purchase the newly available content, users must visit the Amazon website and download it through their account in the Kindle for iOS app.

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About Debra Lau Whelan

Debra Lau Whelan is a former senior editor for news and features at SLJ.

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