Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire explodes onto tablet scene - Chicago Sun-Times

An excerpt from an extensive Andy Ihnatko review, highlighting some of the reading-related advances in the new Kindles

The Touch includes a nifty-looking new feature for exploration. “X-Ray” is a view of the book that allows for slightly deeper analysis. Search your copy of “Code Of The Woosters” for “Madeline Bassett” and the Kindle’s X-Ray view will put up a timeline of the story, marking the patches of the story in which the character appears. X-Ray also lets you access supplemental info that Amazon side-loads onto books when you download them to the device. No longer will a mention of a location or a character or a historical event that you barely recognize send you diving towards Google. If Amazon imagines you might need a refresher course on the Boer Wars, there’ll be a couple of paragraphs lurking in the data somewhere, to help you out even if you’re not near an Internet connection with content harvested from Amazon subsidiary Shelfari.com.

Amazon Kindle Fire explodes onto tablet scene - Chicago Sun-Times

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