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Amazon releases Kindle 3.1 software update

Users will now receive book recommendations


Amazon Kindle DX Graphite

Amazon has released a software update for its latest generation of ebook readers, the Kindle wi-fi and the Kindle 3G.

The free Kindle software update (version 3.1) includes a new feature known as Public Notes, letting device owners share their thoughts and ideas on book passages with family and friends and the wider Kindle community.

It also includes a Real Page Number feature which matches the pages in an ebook with those of its printed counterpart. 

‘Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class,’ Amazon said.

Before You Go

Other features include ‘Before You Go’, allowing users to rate the ebook they are reading before they reach the end of the book, share a message about the book with their social network, and receive personalised book recommendations based on their previous reading habits.

Amazon has also used the software update to introduce a new and improved layout for newspapers and magazines, offering device owners snapshots of the news, helping them quickly decide what to read first.

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