Amazon quietly updated its Android Kindle app last night with two previously Kindle-only features: word wise and popular highlights.
Amazon’s word wise feature automatically displays the definitions of certain words, making it a selling point for parents (and their kids), non-native english speakers, and otherwise anyone who reads books written over a century ago (good for you, Aldous Huxley). “Parents are reporting that Word Wise is helping their kids expand their vocabulary and take on longer chapter books,” Amazon tells us.
The popular highlights feature offers a similar utility — if you have it turned on, the Kindle app will auto-highlight certain passages based on what other Kindle readers highlight. That’s totally not a privacy violation, right?