The Kindle Fire, the $199 Amazon tablet that was launched merely 4 months ago, is getting another software update full of goodies and changes. The new software version, 6.3, is available as an automatic over-the-air update, or for manual download on Amazon’s Help pages.
Two of the most notable new features are sharing and Book Extras. The new update brings the ability to highlight a passage in a book you are reading, and share it with friends though the toolbar. You can add notes to your highlighted passage, and share it with other Kindle users who are reading the same book, or even on Facebook or Twitter. Book Extras is a Shelfari-powered feature, which already exists on the Kindle Touch, and brings additional information about the book’s characters, places, author and more.
Other new features include an archive of personal documents (not books), a specialized Reading View on Amazon Silk for clutter-free reading, and Print Replica Textbooks – textbooks that maintain the same page numbering as their printed versions, while providing all the perks of an electronic textbook.
If you’re more into video content, you’d be happy to hear that movie-rental periods on the Kindle Fire will begin counting down only when you start watching the movie, and not on the day you downloaded the file. The update also includes other features such as quicker Wi-Fi reconnect after sleep, and general performance enhancements.
Try out the new version of Kindle Fire, and tell us what you think!