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Upcoming Kindle software update offers major enhancements

April 29, 2010

Amazon has announced a fairly significant software upgrade for next month.  Version 2.5  will have the following enhancements:

  • Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections (instructions).
  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics (instructions).
  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it (instructions).
  • More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
  • Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle (instructions).
  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

The “collections” feature is something the Kindle community has been clamoring for ever since the Kindle was released. As a regular reader of pdfs, I look forward to the “PDF pan and zoom” feature–particularly for double-columned documents.  Since lots of owners “hack” their Kindles just to add more fonts, the addition of fonts will please many.

Some Kindle owners will receive the update in the near future, with the remaining Kindles receiving the update wirelessly and automatically in late May.

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