Flash! Update coming! Includes “collections”, social networking
Big, big news!
It has some things we’ve been expecting, and some about which we’ve speculated.
- Collections: this is the new organizational tool we were promised in the first half of the year. They don’t say how you’ll do it (I’m guessing tags), but you’ll be able to group your books into one or more collections
- PDF pan and zoom…zoom, woohoo! That’s been a big issue on K2s, where the text can be small. These are native, unconverted PDFs (we’ve been able to increase the text size on converted PDFs all along)
- Password Protection: one of the most requested features. For example, I can’t put some work things on my Kindle because it doesn’t have password protection. I’m guessing this will be optional, and will be set in the Manage Your Kindle page. “Pssst…swordfish”
- Two superlarge fonts! We’d been promised one, and they also say there will be improved clarity
- Facebook and Twitter…share clippings directly from your Kindle! Huge, huge, huge! I know a lot of you won’t want this, but it will sell many more books, in my opinion. If I “clip and tweet” a really cool quote, that might get people to want to buy the book (or get it free, if that’s the case). I’m guessing it will automatically link to where you can purchase it from the Kindle store. Hmmm…I have an intuition that it might not work with books not from the Kindle store…we’ll see
- Popular highlights…you’ll be able to see what a lot of Kindleers are highlighting. People love this kind of thing on the web, and it should make for some interesting analysis…I wonder how they’ll keep profanity out of it? I can see Howard Stern telling his listeners to highlight a particularly profane passage just so it shows up
It will update any Kindle (except a K1) automatically eventually through the wireless. It’s a little weird that it appears they’ve taken down the manual software update page for now, in anticipation of this one.
We were also told that audible menus are coming in an update, but that doesn’t appear to be part of this. I wonder if that will be limited to on-demand or maybe certification of a disability? I don’t think that will be the case, but it’s interesting that it wasn’t part of this one.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.