Amazon now lets iPad and Cloud Reader users read content that was previously only available to Kindle Fire and Android users.
Today Amazon announced its iPad and Cloud Reader apps now support children’s books and graphic novels with Panel View. Now iPad and Cloud Reader users can read more graphical content on their platforms of choice.
The updates bring a number of children’s books to users with kids. The books feature large pictures to keep kids interested. The text accompanying the images are zoomable for easier reading no matter what screen their read on. Amazon’s children’s book collection ranges from Sesame Street to Freight Train and Olivia.
Graphic novels in the apps use Amazon’s Panel View like they do on the Kindle Fire. The feature makes it easy to read graphic novels panel-by-panel similar to Comixology, though arguably not as good. Amazon does have some content that Comixology doesn’t, however. Amazon has an exclusive on DC graphic novels, so it’s the only place to find full books like Watchmen, Superman: Earth One, The Sandman, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
It’s strange that iPad and Cloud Reader users had to wait this long for a children’s book and graphic novel support, though it does make sense in a way. Amazon wanted to keep some features to the Kindle Fire for a period of time before bringing them to other platforms.
There were always, and still are, other apps for both types of books, so there was never a big need for Amazon to add the functionality. It is nice to have access to some of the exclusive content, however.