Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kindle for PC update v1.7.1 and for Macs - PDF features and Kindle Print Replica content. UPDATE


This Kindle for PC update, version 1.7.1 and the update for Kindle for Macs (I see no version #) offer:
  • "Support for Kindle Print Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition.  See more detail on Print Replica content here.
  • Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks.

By the way, I've read that it's best, when finishing a book within the PC for Kindle app, to use the top menu's File/Close process, which is said to not only log to your computer your latest activity on the book but will activate sync'g of your session's work with Amazon servers.

It's similar, in a way to reading on the Kindle, in that pressing the Home button, when you're through reading, closes the book and -- while doing so -- logs, on your Kindle, your last-page read and any highlights and notes during the session that haven't been saved.

  In this case (on the Kindle itself), Amazon doesn't see this latest info until you turn Wireless 'On' later and select the Sync and Check process (although sync'g will be done if your wireless is 'On' and Amazon servers happen to do a check of your Kindle during a connected session).

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's)   K3 Special ($114)   K3-3G Special ($139)   DX Graphite

Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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1 comment:

  1. Some news seems to raise more questions than it answers. That's the case here. Being able to read Kindle Print Replica ebooks on Kindle for the PC/Mac raises two questions:

    1. When is this coming to Kindles? My hope would be that it'll come with the same hardware upgrade that'll let us check out library books.

    2. How do authors and publishers create Kindle Print Replica titles? If it's just PDF wrapped in a database, can we just send Amazon a PDF meeting certain specs?

    I might add that I'm delighted by Kindle Print Replica. I've got several titles whose layout is far to complex to represent properly with ePub or Amazon's mobi. In most cases that complexity is absolutely necessary. I can't simply force the books into a format designed for novels.

    PDF is also a very mature format. After over a quarter of a century in use, it "just works." That can't be said about either Amazon's mobi or everyone else's ePub. The talented geeks who do the eBook Ninjas podcast, may love that as an opportunity to get into the raw code. I don't. I like code tweaking about as much as I'd like a root canal from a dentist.


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