Kindle gets Native PDF Support, Battery Life Boost
Techtree News Staff, Nov 25, 2009 1611 hrs IST
You can now copy a PDF file to Kindle via USB and then read it as is
Amazon has announced two updates to its latest generation eBook reader Kindle. Now, Kindle will be support PDF (portable document format) files natively and also boasts of 85 percent more battery life. With Wireless connection turned on, Kindle offers battery life of a week while a battery life of two weeks in turned off state. We aren't sure which models (we suppose Kindle 2) the upgrade is applicable to since Amazon states - "latest generation Kindle" in the release.
The Kindle DX already had native PDF support which was one of the novel features in it. As per Amazon, the latest generation 6-inch display screen bearing Kindle will be offered with native PDF support. This might appeal to larger masses and especially the business guys who get number of PDF files through correspondence. The earlier versions of Kindle devices will get the native support via firmware update through Whispernet.
The native PDF support means one can copy a PDF file to the Kindle via USB and then read it as is. This PDF support doesn't mean one can easily zoom in and zoom out, create bookmarks and get the PDF files content indexed for search. However, the option of converting PDF files to Kindle format exists while sending them through an email. Amazon has buckled up against the Barnes & Nobles' Nook eBook Reader that offers native PDF support and ten days of battery life without using wireless connection.
Regarding the battery life boost, Amazon states, "Battery power management for portable wireless devices is a complex technical area, and the battery life improvement announced today is the result of a six month firmware improvement and testing program." With 3G connection active on the Kindle, users can enjoy reading books for up to a week.
Enhancements and updates can be expected in future firmware versions. Potential business of eBook reader has been tapped and new players continue to enter with their products. Amazon maybe the pioneer of eBooks but it needs to keep its devices up to the mark for surviving.
The new Amazon Kindle is listed for $259 (Rs. 12,480 approx.) at the Amazon site and there's no confirmation as of now when or whether it will hit the Indian shores.