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Amazon Upgrades Kindle E-book Reader With Firmware

In a bid to prevent Barnes & Noble's soon to be launched Nook e-book reader from encroaching upon its turf, Amazon has announced that the Kindle e-book reader will be given an upgrade.

The upgrade, which will give it a battery life boost and PDF support, will be available to owners of new and first generation Kindle readers through a firmware update.

Amazon, in a press release, said that the Kindle will now have a battery-life of seven days with its wireless on as opposed to four days previously. However the battery-life of 14 days with the wireless turned off remains the same.

Kindle users will now also be able to read PDF files on the device and the files can be emailed to the user’s kindle account or transferred to the device via USB connection.

Earlier users had to convert PDF files to Kindle format if they wanted to read them, although the conversion option is still there if they wish to do so. To convert the PDF file, all the user has to do is type ‘convert’ in the subject and send the file to his or her kindle email account.

The users of the older Kindle 2 device and the original Kindle will get the firmware upgrade automatically downloaded on the device the moment they turn on its wireless access.

Our Comments

Competition sometimes works wonders as it is the case with the Kindle when it faces rivals like the Nook or the Sony Ebook Reader. Its most formidable foe though has yet to be announced. The Apple tablet is almost certainly going to be released next year.

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