updated 05:15 pm EST, Mon February 7, 2011
Kindle update adds page numbers and more
Amazon on Monday posted a preview version of a new 3.1 firmware update for the Kindle bringing some of its most requested features. The e-reader will now finally have the option of real page numbers that match those from the paper edition. The markers give students a long-sought ability to refer back to the real page if they follow along in class.
Book notes can also now be made public. The approach creates a social aspect that lets a book club or friends see what others have said about a title.
Other changes bring a new layout for magazines and newspapers to provide a better overview and a way to quickly jump to a relevant article. Readers that reach the end of a book will get the option to rate it on the spot.
The update doesn't have a timeline for a finished version, but owners of the current, third-generation Kindles can try the preview immediately. The real pages should reach the iPad and other devices soon.