Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big (sort of) Kindle Update Announced

This update has been long awaited by Kindle users.  We can finally ditch those pesky Location #s, in place of real book Pages, to reference our book position. I guess if you use a lot of imagination, It will almost feel like your reading an old paperback.  Updated my Kindle and I have yet to find any book that displays Page #s, even with a new release I purchased today.  hmm.

Update: Today a co-worker came up to me to inquiring if I've seen page #s post update.  That's a big no.  From what I gather from Amazon's site, the ebooks will also need updating before we can see the change.  Funny, Nook readers have always viewed page #s.

Update II: I went wireless for a few seconds today and the new book, that previously only displayed location #s, now has page numbers co-located. I received the update via the computer, not wirelessly, so maybe more information was needed for it to work. Other older ebooks might still require a mod from Amazon for this fx to show up.

Other features include Public Notes & easy Publication of Reviews for Social Network Sharing.  You know, stuff that makes Gen-Y happy. The update is automatic for those who tend to leave their wireless on. Others who want a more immediate & direct approach, can go here to get update 3.1 now.  (This update is only for the latest Gen Kindle)

Real Page Numbers
Many titles in the Kindle Store now include real page numbers, making it easy to reference and cite passages and read alongside someone reading the print book in a book club or class. Page numbers will also be available on our free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps in the coming months. As with all of Kindle's features, we want you to lose yourself in the author's words, so page numbers and locations are only displayed when you press the Menu button.

Public Notes
This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. Any Kindle user -- including authors, their fans, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere -- can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community of people who love to read. To review and turn on Public Notes in your own books, view the Public Notes of people you follow, track your reading activities, see Popular Highlights and your annotations, and view your full library of books, go to https://kindle.amazon.com

Before You Go ...
When you reach the end of the book, you can now immediately rate the book, share a message about the book with your social network, get personalized recommendations for what to read next, and see more books by the same author.

New Newspaper and Magazine Layout
A new browsing layout makes it easy to scan newspapers and magazines more quickly.

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