Amazon Adds Social Integration To The Kindle App [News]

Bakari Chavanu 30-07-2011

Amazon Adds Social Integration To The Kindle App [News] screenshot869In what is sure to disappoint many avid Kindle users, Amazon, in accordance with Apple’s new rules for its iOS devices, removed the links to its online store which appeared on the last page of sample versions of Kindle ebooks in the Amazon e-reader. When users tap these links they get a “not currently supported” message. This means users will now have to manually type or copy and paste the title of a book and search for it on Amazon via a web browser or on one of Amazon’s free iOS store apps, including the new Kindle Store app.


But perhaps to soften this blow, Amazon has added social network integration in the 2.8 version update of its popular e-reader app. Now users can send links to quotes and long passages from Kindle e-books in the e-reader app.

The passage or quote will not appear directly on your Twitter or Facebook account, but instead will be posted and linked to your Kindle account. You get the option within the e-reader application to add a note before posting your Tweet or Facebook update.

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You can share up to a full page of selected content, and it’s easy as selecting the text as you do for highlighting it. The new feature, however, does have an unstated limitation on how many times content can be shared from a particular Kindle e-book. If you go over your limit, you will be denied sharing for that particular e-book.

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Source: PadGadget

Related topics: Amazon Kindle, eReader.

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  1. Nevermore!
    August 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Whoops, I meant carte* blanche. ("Blank check" in more ways than one.) No pun intended unless you'd fancy a comparison between a modern-day Salinger's empty shopping carriage versus Amanda Hocking's unwarranted stockpile of Amazon gold...

  2. Nevermore!
    August 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Great, just what we need. As a writer myself who someday aspires to become a well-read published author, I am truly dismayed by this. One more nail in the coffin for the treasured simplicity of "social networking" within the world of the book itself, or at face-to-face book clubs and library events.

    Twitter is for dodos anyway. Now the featherbrained bloggers and Silicon Valley eggheads have cart blanche to make bird droppings out of The Raven. If I want to share a "good read" with someone I prefer word of mouth, not blather of beak. A pox on these cocky cuckoos for turning the one simple pleasure people have relished since time immemorial into bloatware and frivolity. Seriously, is nothing sacred, or is literature now just another sacrificial turkey at the temple of the Amazon/Digital River of doom?

  3. Joseslepian
    July 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Nook color has for a year enabled the the user to log directly into his/her Facebook account, without limitation, from its internal browser.

    • Bakari
      August 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Joseslepian, thanks for letting us know this.