Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

02/10/2011

Kindle Getting Cool, Free, Functional Upgrades


If you publish material for the Kindle you will welcome these new, free, interactive, feedback upgrades. Kindle will be allowing readers to choose to make their notes and highlights of a particular book (or other content) visible for others to see. This option will be offered in an upgrade tagged “Public Notes”…

Kindle will also be offering “Book Rating,” which allows a reader to rate the book he/she just finished AND share it with their social networks.

This is true audience feedback and promotion (or demotion)! From the grassroots, if you will…I think it will be invaluable to writers/publishers for improving their craft.

This announcement by Peter A. Prestipino from Website Magazine :

Amazon announced an early preview of a free software update for its popular Kindle reading device. If you’re publishing content specifically for the reader, the updates will be welcome.

Public Notes will let Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. If you’re publishing content on the Kindle, Public Notes are most definitely something to start monitoring.

Book Rating is another new and very important feature which comes with the software upgrade. When users reach the end of the book, they will now be able to rate the book, share a message about the book with their social network, and even receive personalized recommendations on what to read next.

Latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G customers wanting to try an Early Preview of the new features can manually download the software update here. All latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G customers will receive the software update automatically via Wi-Fi once it becomes available.

View original article by Peter Prestipino for other comments

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