Amazon launched a redesigned Kindle application on iOS and Android, featuring a more readily accessible search bar, an updated bottom navigation menu (containing a button allowing users to quickly return to their current book) and more.
While both the iOS and Android versions of the Kindle app have received the visual redesign, the iOS version has also been updated with Goodreads integration, bringing a variety of social features to the experience. Amazon acquired Goodreads, a popular social network for readers, in 2013.
With this integration, iOS users can now browse a new Community tab to see what their friends or users they follow are reading. If users see books they’d like to read, they can add them to their “Want to Read” list for easy reference later on.
Goodreads will also help users connect with readers with similar tastes by recommending people for them to follow. These suggestions may include authors and “popular Goodreads reviewers.”
Finally, the iOS app allows users to share when they begin a new book, as well as share ratings and reviews of books they’ve finished. Users can also share notes and highlights from the books they read, which can be viewed and commented on by others.
In a press release, Otis Chandler, co-founder and CEO of Goodreads, commented: “For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends. When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around one-half of them saying that they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”
For now, the Goodreads integration is only available for iOS users in the U.S. It will come to Android in the future.