Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Twitter for Kindle

Amazon announced today a forthcoming update for the latest generation of the Kindle. To me, the most exciting thing about this announcement is what you can do after you read a book.

So what is it? Well, you will now be able to seamlessly rate the book, share your thoughts about it on your social network, see recommendations, and view other books by the author.

This may seem like it is not too big of a deal. But, once you go to the Kindle Social Page, you can begin to see why this is going to be very nice. They haven’t dubbed it that name, but for all intents and purposes, that’s what I am calling it.

Here they have taken the concept of Twitter and Facebook and merged it into a social network for books. What makes this so great is that it is seamless. Now, I don’t have to go through a manual process like on Shelfari or Goodreads that requires me to enter in all the books I am reading, have read, or plan to read.

Do you have Kindle books on your Amazon wishlist? Have you purchased books for Kindle through Amazon? No problem. They will automatically show up on your Kindle Social Page. And you will still have your privacy. If you decide not to let others see specific books you have read or plan to read, you can hide them. But why would you? Don’t you want the world to know what you have enjoyed reading?

Also, any reviews you have written on the Amazon page for the book are automatically pulled into your account. Again, a seamless transition that prevents you from having to manually enter a review you have written. Along with this, you can share any highlights you have made in a book, and the comments you made, too.

But it doesn’t have to end there. Do you have a favorite author? Do you like to know what your friends are reading? Of course you do. Now you can follow your friends and favorite authors through this site. You’ll be able to see what they enjoy reading, allowing you to broaden your horizons of books to read.

All this seamless integration with the Kindle is exciting. This is just another evolution in the Kindle that makes it such a great device.

If you would like to follow me on your Kindle, just go to my profile page and click “Follow”. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what books you are reading!