kindle software update

Oh sweetness, there has been a Kindle software update.  It has some pretty good features.  I’m looking forward to the screen rotation stuff.  I am surprised at the longer battery life feature.  Since switching to the 2nd generation Kindle I have taken to not turning it off.  The charge seems to last forever with the screensaver on as opposed to Kindle 1st gen that died pretty rapidly when left on standby.

Here are some of the new features:

  • Longer battery life for Kindle (Global Wireless): You can now read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks.
  • Built-in PDF reader: Your Kindle can now display PDF documents without losing the formatting of the original file. Send PDF documents directly to your Kindle (via your @Kindle address) or drag and drop PDF files from your computer to your Kindle (when connected via USB).
  • Manual screen rotation: The Kindle screen can now manually rotate between portrait and landscape views so you can see the entire width of a web page or magnify the page of a PDF file. The page-turn buttons work the same in either orientation, and the 5-way controller movements are switched to match the orientation.
  • Option to convert PDF files to Kindle format. If you prefer to have your personal PDF documents converted to the Kindle format (so that they can reflow), type “Convert” in the subject of the e-mail when you submit your personal document to your address.

For those on the global Kindle, seems that you have to update via USB.  It is pretty simple stuffs, instructions here.