Amazon tends to release a slew of new programming enhancements when they release a new e-reader or tablets. Most of these new features never find their way to the official Amazon apps for iOS, but today we see something very relevant for students released, Flash Cards.
Flash Cards came bundled on the Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the new HDX tablets. It basically allows you to compile a list of text within an eBook or eTextbook. Amazon has brought over Flash Cards to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today in a new update, but it only works for digital textbooks only.
Amazon has also enhanced the searching procedure for textbooks too. The searching aspect in print replica textbooks is now faster and more powerful. Search terms based on the words in the book are suggested to students as they type. Results are almost instantaneous. Students will love the speed and convenience.
Although students received the bulk of the love in this new update, casual book readers also got some new features. At the bottom of the page you can switch between real page numbers and percentage of the book read. Readers who want to go deeper into the story will appreciate the updated experience. X-Ray characters and terms can now be sorted by relevance, alphabetically, or in order of appearance in the book. The dictionary has also received a facelift and looks really good for those of us using iOS 7.
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 CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.