Amazon has been busy this last while, the latest measure of this work being an update to their Kindle iOS app. In addition to changes that promise improvements to stability and performance, students will enjoy iPhone and iPod Touch support for the well-loved Flashcards for Print Replica format textbooks functionality (there things were available for the iPad before, the restriction to which seemed rather arbitrary and unnecessary).
Think of Flashcards as a high-powered study-aid, allowing students to test their memory for key terms and concepts. Flashcards can be made automatically using the X-Ray file from a book, but can also be customized using personalized notes (with edit an delete functionality for each).
Also added for iOS users is the “Before You Go” experience, that offers suggestions for readers based on the book they just finished (plus options for learning more about the current material).
Most people would agree that the long-term reading experience on an iPhone or iPod Touch isn’t comfortable or convenient, but having access to Flashcards while on the go could be incredibly valuable.