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Amazon Releases Kindle Software Update

February 9, 2011

Online retail giant Amazon released a preview of a software update for its Kindle e-reader that puts page numbers on digital books that match actual page markers on their printed counterparts.

“Rather than add page numbers that don’t correspond to print books, which is how page numbers have been added to e-books in the past, we’re adding real page numbers that correspond directly to a book’s print edition,” Amazon told AFP.

“Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class,” the online retailer said.

The update helps Kindle readers stay on the same page with print readers, which will allow them to share book and page notes more easily.

Amazon is also upgrading the Kindle layout for digital magazines and newspapers. The preview of its software update was available Monday at Amazon.com. A final version of the update will be available automatically which Amazon will send out to Kindles when the time arrives.

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