Here are four things that changed about the new Amazon Kindle
Putting the device to sleep is different
You no longer use the “Alt + Aa,” combination, instead you pull the power key to on position once, let it go, it springs back and you device wakes up if it was sleeping or goes to sleep if it was awake.
The device speaks to You
This is called text-to speech. When you listen to it, It sounds kind of robotic, but its not bad for starters. It can read fast or slow allowing you to move through the content quickly. According to Amazon, it is experimental…I really don’t know what that means, but I welcome the change. When I am tired of reading, I can just listen.
Buttons are more user-friendly
The “Prev page,” and “Next page,” buttons are no longer in the way. You can actually hold the device and not have to worry about turning the pages.
The new 5-way select control key allows more friendly maneuvering of the content. There is now a bigger button for going “Home,” and the “Menu” has its own button as well…it is no longer built into the select key.
Also you can now highlight your content and annotate at the same time. The highlighted text is underlined and a number pops up beside it indicating that there is annotation.
…and you can actually move through the content with a cursor that allows more selective annotation. Gone is that ugly box that would appears when you annotate content.
Safer Kindle Cover
Gone is the old fashion Kindle cover with the weird elastic strap that holds the Kindle in the case to prevents it from falling out. In comes a simpler more sophisticated looking case that actually looks like a book cover and at the same time allows you to actually secure your kindle to it at one of the sides so that it does not fall out.
The device actually look more like a book now. When you hold it in your hand, you can actually flip the cover open just like you would any book…and nobody can tell you have a $400 device in your hand that holds hundreds of books which you can access at the click of a button…to me that really cool.