Just updated the software on my Kindle Touch to v22.214.171.124
This software update includes the following new features:
A new user interface
Whispersync for Voice
Enhanced Parental Controls
Enhanced book samples
Navigate graphic novels, and comics
The Time-to-Read feature is something I’ve been waiting for since I switched to ebooks. Basically it collects data on how fast you read, and then uses that to estimate how much time it will take you to finish the current chapter or the entire book. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter, and this feature lets me know how much time I need to set aside to make it to my next stopping point.
The updated UI is nice too. They made a lot of the buttons much bigger and easier to tap. The original Kindle interface was designed before the Kindle Touch, and they didn’t fully adapt it for navigation with fat fingers. This update goes a long way toward making it a touch friendly interface through and through.
Small, independent presses have undergone a real resurgence in the last few years. What are thoughts on this shift?
I love so many novels put out by the major New York publishers, and I love just as many novels put out by the smaller presses. Usually those titles are experimental or smaller in scope, and I like that, I really do. There’s a boutique quality to those books. A punk rock boutique quality if that makes any sense. And there’s so much more access to smaller publishers.