E-reader to gain 'public notes' and 'real pages'

Amazon Kindle software update revealed

Amazon revealed a set of new features coming to the firm’s popular Kindle e-book readers in a forthcoming software update including real page numbers. 

The bookseller revealed on the Kindle Daily Post that the next update would enable so-called ‘public notes’ which "lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see."

Authors, fans and book reviewers will be able to opt-in to share thoughts on book passages. Amazon described the feature as a "new way for readers to share their excitement and knowledge about books and get more from the books they read."

Responding to oft-made criticism of the lack of correlation between Kindle page numbers and real page numbers in print editions, Amazon announced that it was adding real page numbers so that Kindle users can "easily reference and cite passagers, and read alongside others in a book club or class."

The new software update will also offer a new newspaper and magazine specific layout which promises "a quick snapshot of the news and helps you decide what you want to read first."

Amazon said that owners of third generation Kindle and Kindle 3Gs can try out an ‘early preview’ of the new features by manually downloading a software update from this page.

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