Amazon may not have given us Kindle 3 so far, but it is getting ready to release a major update for the current generation Kindle. Kindle 2.5 update, which will go into effect in May, introduces a few features that we have been asking for and more. For starters, Amazon is finally realizing the power of social communities. Facebook and Twitter are great places to share content on and get discussion going about books and articles. This Kindle update will enable Kindle owners to share their favorite passages with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers right from their device. It’s not clear how well this feature will work, but it is the right move (perhaps implemented a year or two late). Popular Hightlights is another exciting social feature for Kindle that enables readers to share their favorite passages with the world.
Amazon Kindle 2 may not be a multi-touch capable device, but that does not mean you should not be able to pan around and zoom into your PDF documents. Kindle 2.5 update will deliver that feature as well. It will also introduce the idea of collections, which means you can group your books and organize them more effectively. Password protection capability can be useful as long as there is an easy way to override the system if things go wrong.
Here is a summary of what Kindle 2 owners will be getting with K 2.5 update:
- Document Collections
- PDF Pan and Zoom
- Password Protection
- More Fonts
- Facebook Integration
- Twitter Integration
- Popular Highlights
So far, I have not been among the lucky few who will be getting this update ahead of time for testing. It is tough to say how well some of these features work without actually testing them. But this is a nice update for Kindle 2 owners. Considering all the social features Amazon is adding, can Kindle 3 be just around the corner?