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Enhanced Features for Kindle Books

Some books sold in the Kindle Store have enhanced features including audio and video clips, Kindle Text Pop-Up for children's books, Kindle Panel View for comics and graphic novels, X-ray, and Text-to-Speech. These enhanced features may not be available on all Kindle devices or free Kindle reading applications.

If a Kindle device or Kindle reading app is compatible with these enhanced features, you may need to update your software to the latest version in order to access the feature. For more information on updating your Kindle, visit our Kindle Software Updates page.

Some of these features are supported exclusively by Kindle content that is created using Kindle Format 8 or KF8 for short. KF8 is Amazon's next generation file format, offering a wide range of new features and enhancements, including HTML5 and CSS3.

Kindle Text Pop-Up for Children's Books

Some Kindle children's books now feature Kindle Text Pop-Up for reading text over images.

These titles are currently compatible with Kindle (running software version 4.1.0 or greater) and Kindle for Android (running app version 3.5 or greater).

Books that support these features will be available from the Kindle store over the next few weeks.

Kindle (software 4.1.0 or greater)Kindle for Android (version 3.5 or greater)

For information on navigating Kindle Text Pop-Up books on your Kindle, please click here.

For guidance on reading Kindle Text Pop-Up books using Kindle for Android, please click here.

Kindle Panel View for Comics and Graphic Novels

Some Kindle comic books are available with Kindle Panel View. 

These titles are currently compatible with Kindle (running software version 4.1.0 or greater) and Kindle for Android (running app version 3.5 or greater).

Books that support these features will be available from the Kindle store over the next few weeks.

Kindle (software 4.1.0 or greater)Kindle for Android (Version 3.5 or greater)

For information on navigating Kindle Panel View books on your Kindle, please click here.

For guidance on reading Kindle Panel View books using Kindle for Android, please click here.

X-Ray

X-Ray lets you explore the structure of a book on Kindle Touch; its most essential ideas, people and topics.

At this time, the X-Ray feature is only available on Kindle Touch. Some titles may not have X-Ray enabled.

While reading a compatible Kindle title, tapping the top of the screen will reveal a toolbar containing an option to use X-Ray.

Tap "X-Ray" to view a list of all passages from the book that mention the idea, person, or topic you're interested in. You’ll also be able to view more detailed information from Wikipedia and Shelfari: Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.
Learn more about X-Ray.

Text-to-Speech

Your Kindle device can read your books, newspapers, blogs, and personal documents to you using the Kindle experimental application Text-to-Speech. If a Kindle book has Text-to-Speech functionality, this information will be displayed on the book's product detail page in the Kindle Store.

This feature is available with Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle DX and Kindle 2nd generation.

  • To turn on Text-to-Speech while reading on your Kindle Touch, tap the top of the screen and then the Menu button. Select “Turn On Text-to-Speech” and use the options displayed at the bottom of the screen to adjust the speaking voice and speed.

  • To turn on Text-to-Speech on your Kindle Keyboard or older device, press the Text key (Aa) while reading. Use the 5-way controller to turn on Text-to-Speech, then press the Text key again to adjust the speaking voice and speed.

Kindle Editions with Audio/Video

Some Kindle book titles are labelled "Kindle Edition with Audio/Video." This means the book contains audio and/or video clips.

Currently, these titles are compatible with the Kindle for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch app and may only be downloaded through a Wi-Fi connection.

Most titles include a table of contents or index to help you locate the audio and/or video clips, and pages with clips will display a "speaker" or "play" icon. When you tap the icon, your clip will play automatically, and you'll see player controls appear on your device's screen.

You can play and pause the clip, and adjust the volume. The player will automatically close at the end of the clip.

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