Amazon today announced a new update to its Kindle reader app for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, enabling Kindle e-books to be embedded with video and audio clips. The first books to take advantage of this new technology, including "Rick Stevesâ€™ London" by Rick Steves and "Together We Cannot Fail" by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com: Kindle Editions with Audio-Video.
In the new Kindle audio/video edition of Rick Stevesâ€™ London, for example, the embedded walking tours enable customers to listen to Rick as they explore the sights of London.
â€œWe are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch. Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today - from 'Roseâ€™s Heavenly Cakes' with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to 'Bird Songs' with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birdsâ€™ appearances. This is just the beginning - we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.â€
Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle.