Available Today: “Introducing Goodreads on the New Kindle Fires”
UPDATE Nov 19 Goodreads Now Available on New Kindle Paperwhite (via Goodreads Blog)
A new version of the Kindle Fire OS (3.1) became available this morning. Download here. Additional info here.
The new OS includes integration of Goodreads.
Goodreads CEO and Co-Founder Otis Chandler introduces the integration in this new blog post.
Goodreads on Kindle Fire is different from the Goodreads mobile app because it’s actually part of the Kindle reading experience. “What’s most exciting to me is that it’s the first time ever that Goodreads has been inside the book,” said Brian Rosenblat, director of product. “There’s no need to switch between the book you are reading and Goodreads. Goodreads on the Kindle is the first big step towards making it all one experience.”
Chandler goes on to highlight several key features including:
- Ability to Share Quotes
- See What Your Friends are Reading
- Rate and Review Books
- Track What You Want to Read, are Currently Reading, and Have Already Read
Other new features include: voice dictation; 1-Tap archive to quickly store items on your device in the cloud; and wireless printing of photos, PDFs, emails, contacts, calendars, and documents. There’s also new accessibility enhancements for the blind and visually impaired, and “dozens” of performance and battery-life improvements.
On the business front, the update delivers the ability to connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks, as well as an organization’s native VPN client and native SCEP (Simple Certificate Exchange Protocol) client. The new Kindle Fire tablets also include device management APIs that integrate with existing mobile device management systems to help IT departments to manage the Kindle Fire.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.