ONE SMALL STEP
I've been an avid user and fan of Amazon's Kindle book reader since the original launch, having now bought and read hundreds of books on the Kindle and the excellent Kindle for iPhone (free) software App.
One of the big differences between reading a book on the Kindle (either generation) and the iPhone App has been the ability to highlight the content of the book and write notes in the margin as it were (can't do all that on the Kindle App...yet).
But once the notes are in the Kindle, attached to a specific book, they're kind of trapped in there. The opportunity around making this stuff available on the web is of course a no-brainer. Today Amazon took a baby step in this regard, as this TechCrunch piece explains:
While this opens up all sorts of possibilities, Amazon is taking a
very conservative approach. You can’t share your notes with others. You
can’t even edit them in your browser.
All you can do is read them. That
makes the feature little more than a Web archive of your notes and
highlighted text snippets. It is a convenient feature, but why not
Why can’t I share an excerpt with my friends on Facebook or Twitter (with the beginning of a quote and a short link)?
Amazon needs to connect the Kindle to the rest of the Web. Hopefully, this is the first step in that direction."
Couldn't agree more. Hope Amazon's listening.