Kindle Firmware version 1.2
Amazon is pushing out an update to the Kindle firmware that includes a few important and interesting features. The 1.2 firmware update is being pushed out to coincide with today's announcement of the Kindle 2.
The update apparently includes three changes that are important to my Kindle Formatting clients and other interested parties. The first is a zoom feature for images. If you click next to an image using the scroll wheel, the Kindle will make the image fill the page, even rotating it if the image is wider than it is tall. This is a useful feature that was previously only available to some books using the black-box Topaz format.
The second feature is the addition of a mono-spaced font that can be used for code sections. This is great for technical publications, and will be a feature I use in the Kindle version of my upcoming book.
The third feature is the ability to use Greek characters in Kindle books. This is a welcome addition, especially for the scientific publishers I work with, but I have not been able to figure out how to get it to work yet.