Amazon Kindle firmware v3.0.1 adds on-device registration

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Amazon is offering limited access to an "early preview" of their upcoming firmware for the third-gen Kindle, promising "performance improvements" from the new software.  Firmware v3.0.1 – available for both Kindle 3G and Kindle WiFi models – will also allow new owners to set up accounts directly from the ereader itself, rather than having to register online first.

That functionality could make for easier in-store or gift purchases of the Kindle, especially when the recipient is not familiar – or lacks access to – a regular computer.  As for those performance improvements, we're hearing that there isn't anything particularly noticeable that has changed after the update so we're guessing they're more like bug-fixes than anything else.

[via The Digital Reader]