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Kindle for iPhone and iPad gets its X-Rays on

Amazon has updated their ebook reading app for iPhone and iPad to Kindle version 3.5, and added their fancy new X-Ray feature to it, along with some improvements to manga rendering. Amazon says X-Ray lets you get "to the bones of the book" (yeah... ouch), which in less strained language means it hooks into Wikipedia and Shelfari. That means you can look up the people, places, and phrases, and descriptions from the book right inside the Kindle app. No switching required.

I mostly have comic books in Kindle, and the X-Ray button stayed grayed out for me even in the few standard books I have in my library, but if you've managed to get X-Ray working, let me know what you think of it, and how it compares to using X-Ray on Amazon's Kindle hardware proper.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

6 Comments
  • Reading a book on my kindle now about Omaha beach and D-day and it works there. If I highlight a word or phrase the definition box pops up and there are google and Wikipedia options at the bottom. Nice add amazon!
  • Reading "The Twitter Effect", X-Ray works fine, and looks very useful too. Good job Amazon.
  • X-Ray to "get to the bones of book." It doesn't get any better than that.
  • whoever took that photo should be given pat on the back.
    But for me, iBooks and Comixology is all i need.
  • I read a lot of books on my iPad with the Kindle App. So far, X-ray feature has remained greyed out, even with newer books
  • Okay, I found a book that is X-ray enabled. A cursory glance and I say it looks intriguing but I don't know about useful. Maybe if I had to write a book report . . .