In a recent press release, Amazon announced that its Kindle e-book readers would allow users share quotes and books with their friends or social network peers through either texting or mobile messaging apps such as WhatsUp, Yahoo and Facebook’s messenger.
The move marks a new trend as more and more people are less willing to share more sensitive aspects of their lives with the entire world on Facebook or Twitter.
Kindle’ SVP Russ Grandinetti said that in the past the device had allowed users to share book quotes on larger social networks. But as the “perfect quote” or recommendation may be relevant to a certain person rather than to an entire social network, Kindle team thought it would be better to restrict the quote sharing ability to private messages.
And some Kindle readers couldn’t agree more. Additionally, book groups can benefit from the new feature, which may help them brainstorm the content of a particular piece through messaging apps and e-mails.
Moreover, Kindle users now have the option to share the quotes that touched a cord with people that truly appreciate and can resonate with them without fear of negative comments or social humiliation as it happens on larger social networks when posting a status update.
The new update will be instantly available for Kindle for Android users, but later this year the users of Kindle e-reader and other devices may also enjoy it.
What’s more, there’s no need for you to sing in, register, or install an app to see the quote or recommendation your friends shared with you from their Kindle, the company said. You can immediately start reading the recommended book with no additional hassle.
The mechanism is strikingly similar to the http links we share with our friends. So, when a user receives a quote or recommendation, they will see a free preview of the book in the browser which they can access from their mobile phone, PC or tablet.
Though the update may seem minor, the company hopes that more people will soon convert into dedicated Kindle users, especially those that will receive the quotes and recommendations via their favorite messaging apps. And the ease with which they may share their thoughts when reading their favorite book may just do that.
You can test the new feature and initiate meaningful conversation on the books you are reading by accessing Amazon’s dedicated page. The company has offered some free samples of quotes from three very popular books – The Hobbit, the Book Thief and Divergent.
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