Amazon has just developed a new Kindle Lite app for readers who live in India. It was designed to take advantage of 2G internet connections and the file size is barely 2MB. The app is in active development and is fairly barebones. It lacks features such as Flashcards, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Wordwise.
One of the benefits about this app is that you can start reading eBooks in Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, and Malayalam before they are completely downloaded. There is also a feature to monitor your data usage on Wi-Fi/mobile data and manage storage options. I especially like how the library and store experience have been stripped down and is completely optimized for smartphones running Android 4.4 or above.
Kindle Lite is unreleased and Amazon is encouraging users to test the app out and give their feedback before it has broad release. It is only available to download for customers in India and is not available to test. You can checkout the app listing on Google Play.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten 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.