Amazon just released the 6.3 firmware update for the Kindle Fire tablet, and it brings more than the average amount of goodness to the table, so we've put together a video covering the new features. For those who like to read, here's the list of changes compiled by Amazon and yours truly:
- Sharing: You can share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book. Simply highlight a passage and select "Share" or choose the "Share" option from the toolbar within a book, write a note if they choose, and select which social network to share with. Passages or notes a customer chooses to share will be displayed to other Kindle readers viewing the same book, and customers can also choose to share via Facebook and Twitter.
- Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon's community of book lovers, Book Extras make it easy for customers to see supplemental material about the book they are reading, without even leaving the book. You can view descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more. To view Book Extras from within a book, customers simply tap the top of the screen to bring up the toolbar, tap the menu button and select "Book Extras."
- Archive of Personal Documents: Your personal documents will be stored in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download at any time from the Documents tab on Kindle Fire. Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync will automatically sync notes, highlights and last page read for personal documents.
- Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook. Print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting, color and layout of the print editions, with features including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, real page numbers and whispersync of notes, highlights and last page read.
- "Reading View" for Amazon Silk: There is a seemingly endless array of interesting and engaging content available on the Internet. Sometimes, unfortunately, that business article, blog post, or sports recap you clicked on is surrounded by a host of competing material. With Reading View on Silk, the content that you're interested in is elevated above the clutter. When invoked by the customer, Silk will load the body of the page in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing the reader to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.
- Movie Rentals: The rental period for movie rentals that are downloaded to Kindle Fire now starts when a customer starts watching the movie, rather than when a customer starts downloading the movie.
- Additional Enhancements: This update will also bring some of the features customers have requested, including even faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.
- Keyboard layout changes
- Still no on-device collections
- By default, the Amazon App Store now silently downloads and installs updates unless there are permission changes. You can change this if you want to be notified of newly installed updates or want to update manually.
- There are still no page numbers in books, only location numbers in books.
- You can make the display dimmer than before, which is easier on the eyes when reading in a dark room.
- The Adobe Flash plugin is now turned off by default in the web browser settings, but you can go into settings and turn it on.
- Note to those who have rooted their Kindle Fire. You'll lose root when this update is installed, but 6.3 is rootabe using the latest version of Kindle Fire Utility and via other methods (visit XDA Devs to learn more).
Here's our video walkthrough of the Kindle Fire with the new 6.3 firmware features: