Kindle OS Explored

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App Overview

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In addition to their vaunted eReader, Amazon also has published an iOS app and an application for reading eBooks on any iteration of the Android operating system as well. It has all of the features mentioned on the last page, but with the added wrinkle that it can display limited images and different paper colors to make the best use of the LCD/OLED/AMOLED screens employed by the iPad and Android devices. If you prefer the color scheme of sepia, white, or black pages, you can experiment with these in the same menu that you control font sizes.

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Control Interface

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Unlike the Kindle Keyboard eReader unit, the touchscreens of iOS and Android devices unlock the ability to control the application through touch alone. This enables you to swipe your finger across the screen to turn pages backward or forward, or tap the edges of the screen if you prefer.

Tapping the top or bottom of the screen will call out an overlay that allows you to access a menu, scrub bar, and other options that are hidden from the main screen. The scrub bar allows you to quickly browse through the eBook much like one would flip through a longer title. Much like the Kindle eReaders, you can also select text and post it to your facebook wall or twitter feed should you feel like this is an appropriate thing to do.

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Differences in Tablet Platforms

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Though the Kindle App is virtually identical across all platforms, only Kindle Fire owners have access to the lending library. Members of the Amazon Prime service are not barred from their streaming content on other platforms, though. Consistency is a nice thing when importing content to different systems. All of the controls are the same, as well as the menus.

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