Amazon this morning has announced an important software update for the new Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX. It includes “deep integration with Goodreads,” according to the press release. “For the first time, Goodreads is integrated directly into the reading experience, so there’s no need to leave a book and open a Goodreads app,” the release continues.
I’m having trouble manually updating my Kindle Fire HDX 7″ using my MacBook Air, so I can’t tell you yet what the Goodreads integration looks like. It sounds promising. You will be able to capture and share favorite quotes with Goodreads friends from inside the book, see what your friends are reading, addd books to your want-to-read shelf, rate and review books for your Goodreads friends immediately on finishing a book, and import all of the books you’ve purchased from Amazon, print and eBook, into your GoodReads account.
There are other features listed in the release, for second-screen viewing, enterprise uses, Cloud Collections, voice dictation, wireless printing of photos, PDFs, emails, contacts, calendar and documents, and accessibility enhancements.
I was surprised that the Mayday tech I just spoke to on my Kindle Fire hadn’t heard about the the software update yet. He was going to check into it and call me back by phone, but so far I haven’t heard back. So I’ll hit the Mayday button again and try to figure out how to get this update on my Fire HDX. It will roll out wirelessly “in the coming weeks,” Amazon says, but I’m not willing to wait.
I will be interviewing Otis Chandler, Goodreads founder, this week for the Kindle Chronicles podcast, so there will be a chance to learn lots more about what he and his team have created since Goodreads was acquired by Amazon earlier this year. Stay tuned!