Amazon has announced that its new Kindle update will allow readers to share quotes and book previews through the use of social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsUp.
Users will be allowed to popularize quotes that they find interesting or share previews to books they like. The change allows Kindle users to socialize with friends and family using book topics in a more private way.
While the Amazon Kindle was already equipped to allow public shares on the customer’s private account many preferred not to use this option. Users wanted to keep information on their preferred books private, fearing that not all their friends would appreciate the recommendations and quotes.
The new update allows users who do not have a kindle or an Amazon account to see what books their friends recommended using any social platform they want. Using the Facebook messenger or other private conversation apps any user can simply paste a link to whatever book information they want.
However many users might still fear breaking privacy policies when sharing book quotes. Also there are numerous ways in which to pirate or steal an E-book content, making other users weary of sharing info on what they read.
Amazon has received many complains along the years concerning either rash decisions the company took or the overzealous behavior of some of its employees in combating pirated content.
Around six years ago Amazon deleted hundreds of copies of the books “Animal Farm” and “1984” from customer’s kindles generating a media frenzy.
Later it was proved that the content was deleted because those specific copies had been sold by a company that had no copyright claim and were essentially pirated versions.
Nevertheless, Amazon’s decision to delete the copies from the customer’s kindles without notice disappointed many customers.
Amazon refunded the amount paid for the pirated books to each affected customer, but the cryptic notification emails sent to these customers did not specify the reasons why the books were removed from the kindle or the name of the deleted books.
In another E-book scandal Amazon had to refund millions in damages to users who were affected by the “Publishers Conspiracy”. The refunds were part of an out of court settlement accepted by major E-book publishers.
Several publishers including Penguin and HarperCollins were accused of “price fixing” and “conspiracy” when it was discovered that they agreed to raise prices simultaneously on e-books breaking several antitrust laws.
The new Amazon Kindle update is aimed at increasing E-books popularity with book club members and other potential users.It is also the perfect way to keep the customers interested in using Kindle by increasing the amount of social interaction achievable using the gadget.
Image Source: whatnew.in