Thursday, 23 June 2016

Amazon updates its entry-level Kindle & announces software enhacements

Amazon announced the release of a new entry-level Kindle. Judging from the release details this is a worthy upgrade without any cost increase. The updated model is lighter, thinner, and comes with Bluetooth support and twice the RAM. Hardware improvements and excellent firmware makes the Kindle, already the choice entry e-reader, further ahead of similar models from other manufactuters. Kobo might update their Kobo Touch 2.0 to keep-up with Amazon but this is not likely. Kobo tends to run less frequent updates and the Kobo Touch 2.0 was released late 2015.

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Amazon also announced the enhacement of notes and highlights management, with the ability to export notes to your email and to save them in PDF format. According to the Amazon Kindle team:
It’s now easy to export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail, so you can always have them on-hand for reference. Receive your notes both as an easily printable PDF that’s ready to bring to your book club, and as a simple file you can open in your favorite spreadsheet app.
This software enhacement is a great feature that other e-readers neglect. Amazon already pushed enhanced notes and highlights management features to the Kindle application for Android, iOS and Fire tablets, so it is useful to see these features natively supported with the Kindle e-readers.

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