Amazon has announced that they are going to be pushing out a new firmware update for the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. They intend on dramatically improving the manga reading experience with a critical new feature.
Later this month Amazon will be introducing a new enhancement called Ultra-Fast Skimming. It will give users 33% faster single page turns, delivering a fast-paced, immersive reading experience that manga lovers are looking for. Also, by simply tapping and holding, readers can now rapidly skim through a manga at seven pages per second to find a specific place in the story, spending less time searching and more time reading.
This new firmware update will be pushed out globally but will play a critical role in a new Kindle that Amazon Japan has just announced. The Kindle Manga Model and is more or less identical to the regular Paperwhite, but comes with 32GB of storage that Amazon estimates is good for about 700 volumes.
The Kindle Manga Model is available to pre-order today for 16,280 yen ($157) or 12,280 yen ($118) for Amazon Prime members, 2,000 yen ($19) more than the regular Paperwhite. It will have two different color options, black or white.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.