Kindle Software Update Brings 'Real Page Numbers, Public Notes, Magazine Layout' and More!

Amazon pre-released a software update for Kindle e-readers running the 3.0 software which updates the interface for magazines and newspapers, adds a quick review section at the end of each book, and adds page numbers that match Kindle books with their print counterparts.This update is very minor, and the only new feature that takes effect […]

Amazon pre-released a software update for Kindle e-readers running the 3.0 software which updates the interface for magazines and newspapers, adds a quick review section at the end of each book, and adds page numbers that match Kindle books with their print counterparts.

This update is very minor, and the only new feature that takes effect immediately in all content is the "before you go" review section. Here, when you reach the end of a book, you're presented with the option to review your book, or send out a tweet announcing that you just completed the book.

The addition of "real page numbers" that match the numbers in printed books and have already been added to tens of thousands of books, including the Top 100 best selling books in the Kindle Store. The page numbers show up alongside Amazon's 'locations' system, which until now was exclusively used to figure out your reading progress. Real page numbers will be available for Amazon's Kindle apps in the next few months.

The update to the Kindle library page lets users make their highlights and notes browsable by friends and individuals, or the general public. A 'following' system has been implemented here, akin to that pioneered by Twitter: you can follow different Kindle users' public notes. To do that, as well as turn on Public Notes in your own books, go to kindle.amazon.com.

Newspapers and magazines have received a new layout that gives you a quick snapshot of the news to help you quickly decide what you want to read.

When you reach the end of a book, you can now immediately rate that book, thanks to a new Kindle feature called Before You Go. This will also let you share your thoughts about the book, see more books by the same author, and get personalized recommendations for what to read next.

Now that Kindle books can be loaned to other users, equally included in book clubs and classrooms, shared on a dedicated Kindle site or on social networks, the format has come a long way toward complete integration into the social bookworm's life.

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