Amazon has just redesigned X-Ray for the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The new interface is now streamlined and minimalist. The section does not have the graphics next to the terms, people or places that are mentioned in the book, but if you click on one of them you can see how many times they are mentioned in the book and then jump to that specific section. X-ray is now is now cleaner and more elegant.
The Kindle app has also gained a new background, green. Many popular e-reading apps for Android and iOS have a seaweed type of background, so it makes sense that Amazon would follow suit. Green joins Sepia, Black and White as the primary backgrounds.
The above image is the old X-Ray interface that has been on the Kindle app for iOS for years. Amazon considers the Apple platform as their flagship, so they always introduce new features first, before it’s eventually ported over to Android. This is odd because the Fire line of tablets only run Android, but I am sure there are more users who read on their smartphones and tablets, then they do with the companies own product line.
The old X-Ray design was quite busy, there was lots of graphs and information next to each section. The color scheme did not really jive with the rest of the app.
The new version of X-ray looks really clean now. You can see that all of the headings and sections not have any any borders and the navigation area is simpler. Basically, everything has been cleaned up to have black text on a white background.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.