Kindle Update Coming In May, Social Networking In Tow

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Sound the alarm. Raise the roof. Do a jig. And have a seat for some exciting Kindle news.

Sometime towards the latter half of May, Kindle owners will receive a notification to update software to v2.5. A handful of folks around the Web were quick to jump on the social networking integration, which is nice and all but the other improvements in 2.5 have far more significance than telling your friends what you’re eating for breakfast. Actually, the book passage sharing via Facebook is pretty neat. Telling your friends you successfully tied your shoes for the seventh time in your 20+ years is not. But I digress.

Here are the updates that really matter:

• Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.

• PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.

• Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.

• More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.

• Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

A select group of Kindle and Kindle DX owners are getting the update early and if you’re one of them, please let us know how the update is. Also, the update should take less than 10 minutes from start to finish.