Amazon released a minor update for its iOS Kindle app today, adding multimedia playback support for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. iDevice owners will now be able to play the audio and video that is embedded into some Kindle titles, such as children’s books.
With tablets and smartphones, it’s only a matter of time before our books and novels become more interactive, with supporting sound and video clips to enhance the stories that we read.
We’ve all seen books with photographs and fake text – such as the young adult series written entirely with text messages – but with the deep interactivity available on the iPad and other similar devices, we can expect to see books that are engrossing like never before as new media authors get more comfortable with the format.
For now, any Kindle content that has embedded video or audio will now work on your iPad. If you’re not a current Kindle user and want to try it out, you can download the iOS app from the App Store for free.