Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader

Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader

Summary: Amazon has improved the battery life of the Kindle and added a native PDF reader via a firmware update.

TOPICS: Amazon, Hardware

Amazon on Tuesday said it has improved the battery life of the Kindle and added a native PDF reader.

The statement appears to be timed to get holiday shoppers off the fence about the Kindle as rivals like Barnes & Noble and Sony struggle to meet demand in time for Christmas.

Specifically, Amazon said it improved the Kindle battery life by 85 percent. In real world terms, that battery life equates to up to seven days with wireless turned on. Kindle said the improvement was delivered during a six month firmware improvement program.

The PDF reader means that Kindle users don't have to convert documents in the PDF format. Kindle users can transfer the PDF documents via email or USB.

And naturally, Amazon noted that the Kindle is in stock.

Topics: Amazon, Hardware

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  • Kindle DX already reads PDFs

    My Kindle DX already reads PDF documents fine that I drag over from my
    computer, without any conversion. Not sure what is new here, unless the
    6" has been unable to do that until now.

    Would be nice if Kindle had firmware upgrades so everyone with an older
    model could benefit from some of these improvements.
  • RE: Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader

    It does have firmware updates and you get them automatically if your wireless is turned on. We're on 2.3:
  • But Still Fails To Recognise ...

    ... that there is a geography beyond the borders of the good ole U S of A.
  • I'm still not going to buy one.

    I just don't see the need.
    • must not be much of a reader

      While I do not agree that kindle ebooks are DRM products but copyrighted via their ISBN numbers, and therefore am class-action suing amazon, nevertheless I love my kindle! Before I got the original Kindle as soon as it was available, my book-reading had reduced to about 30-60 minutes every other day, due to working in the computer industry since 1961 and having 'tired eyes'. NOW I have 153 kindle-formatted books and dozens of articles, and I read about 1-4 hours a DAY, as I did in my 20s-40s. It is an AMAZING reading tool. Plus I can read my yahoo emails (and reply to them), and also surf the 'net on my Kindle. These last two items save me megabucks a year, because I reduced my personal cellphone to the minimal apps level.
      I love my kindle, but I'm going to review the Barnes & Noble e-book reader when it is released since it adds 'color' to the equation (which may or may not mean I'll be buying a B&N reader, too.)
      Yeah, I'm a 'technie' in my 60s (kids never think that 'adults' especially 'aged adults' can be 'technies', but then they never consider who actually CREATED all the techie software/hardware, well, cause they are KIDS after all, duh.)
      • Must Not be Much of a Reader 2

        I agree with you. I am in my late 50's and I was one of the first people to support and use multimedia in the 90's. I have to say that I have an original Kindle which I bought right before they came out with the 2nd one. I was mad but when they came out with a Kindle reader for the iPhone, I now use that almost exclusively. Since I can sync up to 5 iPhones to my account, my husband and daughter can access my Kindle books from a Kindle reader on their phones (the iPhones are under my account). They just need to choose a book from the archive. Kind of handy. But, I downloaded the Kindle reader for the PC recently and since I almsot always have my laptop handy in the evenings and on the weekends I have been reading my Kindle books with the PC reader also. I don't plan on buying a new Kindle or anything else in the near future. And since Amazon always offers free titles, I am set for a while; although I still buy books from them too. I don't use the original Kindle because it sticks when I turn pages and the battery life sucks. So, I just use the Kindle account on different devices. Works for me especially since I just upgraded to Windows 7. The readers I had to access free library books don't work very well under Windows 7. Also, I hate to go to bookstores. They almost never have what I want. KG
  • RE: Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader

    I don't go anywhere without my Kindle! Love it.
  • Until you can trade & give books to others....

    Like you can now with paper books, I will not buy an e-reader. Used book stores & library sales are great places to find excellent books for pennies on the dollar. I want to be able to trade books with my daughter like I do now. Or buy a book for my son at a library sale that I am not sure he will like, but it is only $1 so no big deal.
  • RE: Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader

    While nice, the PDF feature is not zoomable, so its going to be of limited real-world effect.

    What WOULD be nice, but still missing is:
    * ePub support
    * Optional justification - currently the K2 is fully-justified only
    * Folders or some type of content organization structure.
  • Nice gesture, but too little too late

    Now that a bunch of ereaders that support more open formats are starting to appear, Amazon FINALLY stops using PDF support to push users into buying the $400 model? Give me a break. That still doesn't address the number one concern most people have about Amazon. They can STILL delete books right off your device without warning or reasonable justification. That killed any possible interest I had in buying a Kindle.

    I will NOT buy into ANY book store reader until I can use any book I buy on any device I own AND the price of ebooks is below the price of paperbacks. Those are BOTH deal breakers for me.
  • Native PDF reader for Kindle

    I don't have Kindle (and don't ever intend to buy it), and I write the following with the assumption (not necessarily true) that "native PDF Reader" means Adobe Reader.

    The 4 minor questions and 1 major question about Adobe Reader for Windows I have are:

    1) did Adobe ever notice that for years the market is full of 64-bit platforms, while their Reader remains a patched-up 32-bit version that probably didn't change much since Windows 95?

    2) did Adobe ever notice that use of dual displays is very popular in recent years, and viewing 1 document (in 2 page mode) on 2 displays, with 1 page on each display, is actually something that those users would like to have? Will this feature be available any time between 2010 and 2020?

    3) did Adobe ever notice that "Find" feature for searching a phrase is 100 times slower than if you use free 3rd party document indexing software, that also handles PDFs? You could flip the pages of a paper book faster to find what you need than Adobe does it.

    4) why exactly 30MB original download of Adobe Reader 9 does require 60MB patch?

    So to sum up, did Adobe ever notice that they PDF Reader could be rewritten in COBOL to make it faster and more modern? Oh, I guess they don't know the difference.