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Amazon Kindle Fire update adds book note sharing, increases video rental period

News by Michelle Ruhfass on Wednesday March 28, 2012.

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Amazon is pushing out a new software update for its Kindle Fire tablet that adds a host of new features including book passage and note sharing, Book Extras, an increased video rental period, and general performance improvements.

Version 6.3, which is free and can be downloaded over-the-air, offers users the ability to share book notes and favorite passages directly from the Fire with friends or over social networks. Amazon's new Book Extras feature gives users descriptions of characters and informational glossaries related to the book they are currently reading. Students using the Amazon Kindle Fire can now purchase Kindle-compatible replicas of textbooks at as much as 60 percent off the cost of the print editions.

Amazon has also updated the Fire's video rental period, which now begins when a movie is first played rather than when it is downloaded for offline viewing, which makes it more feasible to rent movies for use on flights and on extended trips. Amazon's Silk web browser now offers a text-only reading option and users will also now be able to store personal documents in the Amazon Cloud for later use with Whispersync synchronization across multiple devices. And rounding out the software upgrade are general performance updates and fixes, such as one that will provide faster reconnects to Wi-Fi after the device has been in sleep mode.

To update the Kindle Fire, connect to a Wi-Fi network and ensure that your battery has been fully charged and go to the Quick Settings icon in the upper right corner of your device and hit Sync. For more, visit Amazon's update page.

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