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October 14th 2011 10:18 pm

New Kindle Document Services

Hey guys!

I just got this email from Amazon informing me of some new improvements to documents that are launching as a part of the Kindle refresh.

Dear Kindle Customer,

As a past user of the Kindle Personal Documents Service, we are pleased to let you know about some improvements:
• Your documents are now automatically archived in your Kindle library (you can control this from the Manage Your Kindle page at www.amazon.com­/manageyourkindle).
• Archived documents can be re-downloaded from your archive to the all-new Kindle and Kindle Touch devices, as well as Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3rd Generation--requires the latest software update v3.3 from www.amazon.com­/kindlesoftwareupdates) – you will be able to find and download your documents from any of these devices that are registered to your account.
• Now (just as with Kindle books) Whispersync automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations for your documents (with the exception of PDFs) across devices.

We expect to extend these features to Kindle Fire and Kindle apps (such as Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle for Android, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for PC, and Kindle for Mac) in the coming months.

You can control these new features from the Manage Your Kindle page at www.amazon.com­/manageyourkindle where you can see a list of your archived documents, re-deliver documents to your Kindle, delete any document from archive, or even turn off archiving for your account.

Learn more about the Kindle Personal Documents Service from our help pages at www.amazon.com­/kindlepersonaldocuments.

Thank you for choosing Kindle,

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Looks pretty good! Any thoughts?

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I'd love it if they had announced .epub support. The one thing I wish amazon would finally allow users of their products to do is to side-load e-books purchased or downloaded outside of the amazon ecosystem.
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I get the feeling they'll never allow this because Amazon loses so much money on the readers, the only way they make it back is in media. If they were to allow epub, Kindle would never be profitable.
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Nook allows ePub, how much money are they hemorrhaging as a result?

Amazon also just started allowing library lending, a move that will not sell more media, though it will certainly move more devices.
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