Four Changes that Impact The Amazon Kindle

kindlefaceHere 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
texttospeechThis 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
img00116Gone 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.

You Can Now Read Kindle Books on Your iPhone or iPod Touch!

iphonekindleapplication Whether or not you own a Kindle, you can now read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

To do this, you will need to first download the  “Kindle for iPhone  application” from the iPhone App  store to your iPhone or iPod touch..

Here’s how

  1. Tap the App Store icon on the home screen of your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Do a search for “Kindle for iPhone” or choose it from the alphabetical list of applications.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to install.
  4. Tap the Kindle for iPhone icon that now appears on your iPhone or iPod  screen to launch the Kindle for iPhone application for the first time.
  5. Log in to you Amazon.com account and your iPhone or iPod touch will be registered.

You can now access your Kindle library of books store at Amazon if you already have one.

If you don’t already own a Kindle, chances are you don’t have a Kindle library at Amazon, so you will need to build one.

To do this you will  need to…

  1. Visit the Kindle store, from your computer, choose the book you want,   go to the the product detail page, and click the “Buy now with 1-Click” to buy.
  2. Next choose the iPhone application as your download device and your  purchase will be completed and automatically sent to your iPhone.

If you already own a Kindle and have a Kindle book library your amazon account, you are ready to download any of the content to you iPhone or iPod touch from the library.

Note:  The key here is to make sure that your iPhone or iPod is registered at amazon.com…by registered I mean that you are logged-in to your amazon account from  you iPhone or iPod touch …or you registered it the old fashion from your computer.

So why is this cool?
For a couple of reasons. First you don’t have to own a Kindle to read books on your iPhone or iPod touch  and second, you have access to all the 240,000 plus…books at the Kindle store.

What if you already own a Kindle?
That’s even better. You can download the contents that you already bought for that Kindle to the iPhone or iPod at any time.

You can also make your purchases from you Kindle and have them delivered to your iPhone or iPod touch.

You can also synchronize both device so that you don’t loose place in your reading if you read a book on one device and you have to switch to another.

You can download content to any device you choose at anytime. All you have to do is make sure both devices are registered to your account.

What about the quality of the content on your iPhone/iPod?
I don’t have an iPhone at this time so I have not tried it…but I suspect that the quality may not be that great, since this is a totally new idea.

I personally cannot imagine reading a book on such a small device as the iPhone or iPod touch…and I do wonder how  the battery will hold up for page turns.

…and what about newspapers, magazines, or blogs? …there is  no mention of access to that content…which simply means that perhaps there is none.

I am quite sure there are a lot of questions to be answered about this new  iPhone/iPod touch/Kindle application which incidentally was launched yesterday March 6th…so it is brand new…but the point is we will find the answers to all these questions as we go along.

Of course we will keep an eye on the  feedback given by those who’ve actually tried the application and see where that leads.