Amazon Announces Long-Awaited Kindle Features Coming in May: Content Organization, PDF Pan and Zoom, Password Protection, More Fonts, Facebook & Twitter, Highlights!

What’s halfway between the Kindle 2 and the Kindle 3?

It’s the Kindle 2.5, a software update that will be coming in May to the Kindle and Kindle DX, with some of the most important features that we’ve been calling for since the first edition of The Complete User’s Guide back in early 2008, including an approach to the folders issue and the capacity for Kindle owners to network directly from the Kindle around what they are reading. Thanks to Paul Biba at Teleread for the heads up.

We’ll have more on these major developments in the next few days, but here’s Amazon’s announcement text directly from the Kindle Support pages:

Kindle Version 2.5 Overview

The 2.5 software update for Kindle and Kindle DX is coming soon. We are rolling out the new software update to a limited group of Kindle users and plan a broad release in late May 2010. Check back here for updates on the release schedule.

Here’s a list of the coming enhancements:

  • Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.

  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.

  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.

  • 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.

  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

     

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2 Responses to Amazon Announces Long-Awaited Kindle Features Coming in May: Content Organization, PDF Pan and Zoom, Password Protection, More Fonts, Facebook & Twitter, Highlights!

  1. morebon00 on April 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Fantastic news…I will be using every single feature this update has to offer. And I thought I was too attached to my Kindle now, I will never let it go! Progress is Awesome!!

  2. MacLifer on April 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I noticed this morning that when I go to Home > Menu > Settings > Menu that it now offers an "Update Kindle" option, which is currently grayed out… is this new or had I never noticed it before?

    Fascinated about the update. I'm already a super Kindle fan and am very excited about the new features!



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