Amazon is soon releasing an upgrade for the Kindle and Kindle DX that makes things a bit easier to share with the social web. The new version 2.5 update is being sent to a select few Kindle owners already but a broader release is expected for later this month.
For what many such as PC World consider a ‘minor release’ the update contains some rather significant features. One feature is really rather neat because it will allow you to share passages from a book you’re reading with Facebook or Twitter and share them with your friends. This is not the only social aspect of the new update however, as there will also be a way for users to rate certain parts of the book.
Also included in the new 2.5 update is a security feature that allows you to password protect your Kindle and allow you to make sure no one is taking a peek at your reading material while you’re away from your Kindle. Visually impaired people should also appreciate the new font option which allows you to choose from two larger font sizes and zoom into PDF files.
Is this update in response to the iPad? PC World isn’t quite sure but considering Barnes & Noble’s new Nook features, I really have to wonder what Amazon’s plan is for the Kindle in the future. At least this update shows us a glimpse of Amazon’s plans and perhaps a preview of what to expect from a 3.0 update.