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Kindle updates to new version with page numbers.



Kindle has just released a prieview version of it's newest software (3.1) I have included some information from the Amazon site providing details of the update and how you can instal it on your Kindle.


  • Public Notes — This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. Any Kindle user — including authors, their fans, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere — can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community of people who love to read. This is a new way for readers to share their excitement and knowledge about books and get more from the books they read. To review and turn on Public Notes in your own books, view the Public Notes of people you follow, track your reading activities, see Popular Highlights and your annotations and view your full library of books.
  • Real Page Numbers — Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class. We’ve already added real page numbers to tens of thousands of Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions and thousands more of the most popular books. Page numbers will also be available on our free “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle apps in the coming months. If a Kindle book includes page numbers, press the Menu key in an open Kindle book to display page numbers.
  • Before You Go … — When you reach the end of the book, you can immediately rate the book, share a message about the book with your social network, get personalized recommendations for what to read next, and see more books by the same author.
  • New Newspaper and Magazine Layout — We’re introducing a new and improved layout for newspapers and magazines. This new layout gives you a quick snapshot of the news and helps you decide what you want to read first.

Steps To Update Software Version 3.1 Of Amazon Kindle:

  1. Determine your software version: From Home, select Menu, then Settings. On the Settings screen you will see the Kindle version at the bottom of the screen. If you see “Version Kindle 3.0.3″ or earlier (3.0.3, 3.0.2, 3.0.1, or 3.0)
  2. Download your software: Click on the appropriate link below to download the software update file directly to your computer:

  3. Kindle Wi-Fi: Download 3.1 (Early Preview Release)
    Your serial number will start with “B008″


    Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) – U.S. and Canadian Customers: Download 3.1 (Early Preview Release)
    Your serial number will start with “B006″ 

    Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) – European Customers: Download 3.1 (Early Preview Release)
    Your serial number will start with “B00A” 

    Your Kindle serial number is visible at the bottom of the Settings Screen. From Home, select Menu, then Settings.


  4. Transfer software to your Kindle: Turn your Kindle on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Drag and drop the new update file from your computer to the root Kindle drive. (The drive contains a number of folders – such as “audible,” “documents,” and “music” – and is typically displayed as a “device” icon).
  5. Monitor file transfer and disconnect: Check your file transfer progress to ensure file transfer to your Kindle is complete before disconnecting. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect Kindle from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle and your computer.
  6. Start the software update: Go to the Home screen, press the Menu key, and select “Settings.” Press the Menu key again, and then select “Update Your Kindle.” (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.) Select “Ok” when prompted if you want to perform an update. Your Kindle will restart twice during the update. After the first restart, you will see “Your Kindle is Updating”.
  7. Once the update is complete: Your Kindle will automatically restart a second time. When you go to the Settings page, you should notice Version: Kindle 3.1 at the bottom of the screen. Once you see this, you know your update is complete.


Managing your e-book collection


While I have been waiting for my Kindle e-book reader to arrive I have been looking around the internet for tools to manage my soon to be e-book collection. Today I found a very useful program called Calibre. This program allows me to sync my collection with my portable e-book reader as well as converting e-books from one format to another. You can also read book and other publications from the built in Calibre reader. If you are currently exploring e-book readers I suggest you take a look at Calibre if you find it valuable why not make a donation to the developer to help continue the development of this product. To find out more about Calibre I have included a link to their site.

To Donate


While I was looking around the net I found a very useful Wiki that gives a lot of information on the various e-book formats and what portable devices support what format. In fact this Wiki is a real one stop information centre for all things e-book. To start your journey into e-books again I have provided a link to the Wiki.

If you have other sites please share them here.

See my previous Kindle post





This year Santa brought me a Kindle (well he will when it gets here in early January) but in the meantime I have been looking for book sites that I can use when it arrives.

For those that don't know what a Kindle is it's an e-book reader that is made by Amazon. You can purchase books from Amazon and download them to your Kindle but there are also free book sites that also work with the Kindle. I have selected a few to list here.


  1. Project Gutenberg: 33,000 free e-books, including all of the classics, available in Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
  2. Google E-Bookstore: The free section is filled with thousands of free, scanned copies of books, available in Kindle-friendly PDF formats.
  3. Internet Archive: Millions of primarily rare, out-of-print works in multiple languages and formats (including Kindle), especially useful for academic work.
  4. Open Library: 20 million user-contributed items in multiple editions and formats (including Kindle).
  5. Nearly 30,000 titles, many of which have been pulled from Project Gutenberg. Has a good collection of little-known Creative Commons works.
  6. LibriVox: Thousands of free audiobooks.

(thanks to Mashable for the list.)

Do you already have a Kindle? If so what do you think of it and what book sites do you use to populate your Kindle with good holiday reading material?