Kindle cuddles Twitter
Post really weeny book extracts to the net - yay!
Kindle users will be able to post book passages to Twitter or as Facebook updates, as Amazon updates the device's firmware with ever more web-friendly features.
Kindle users don't pay for their data usage, so Amazon isn't about to start encouraging web browsing on the e-reader, but the latest firmware does allow users to select text to have it posted to a Twitter feed or Facebook page, for those who wish to appear well read but can't remember decent quotations.
It used to be that one would have to commit a good quotation to memory, then wait for the moment when one's wit and erudition could be displayed by quoting the author's prose. But now one just highlights the text and off it goes to the Twitter feed - showing off one's cleverness by association, and regardless of the recipient's circumstances.
The new Kindle firmware - which is being slipped out to users slowly via an automatic update - also offers to highlight the best bits of the book you're reading, based on how other readers reacted, so you don't even need to absorb the entire text to get to the best quotations.
But perhaps we're being disingenuous: selecting paragraphs from long documents is something journalists have to do a lot, so there's value in having them automatically filed even if it is to a Facebook page. Being able to see which parts of a book are most quoted is clearly a step towards what the Kindle wants to be - the vehicle for the next generation of socially-aware books. ®
Never mind cuddles
With books for the discerning mature reader, obtained second hand, a particular point of interest is where the book falls open naturally at this or that page, which is somebody's, um, favourite.
But that may not be the selling point that they emphasise...
Kindle uploads to Twitter
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Text Uploading To PC Would Be More Valuable.
While this highlight and upload text feature to Twitter is "nice", what is needed more is a "highlight" and upload to your PC/LapTop so that the uploaded text can be used for notes, or other purposes.
All of the e-book readers are missing many fundamental features that students and researchers need to obtain a boost in productivity that justify the prices of these devices. Twitter allows only 140 characters. What is needed is to be able to upload a whole page.
The whole idea of "productivity" enhancement requires more commitment than we have seen in the current generation of e-book readers. This addition to the Kindle is a half-step to a feature (uploading selected text from an e-book) that would make the idea of a state-of-the-art e-book closer to reality.