I have a Kindle, much thanks to my in-laws. I wanted to share this with everyone that has one. While perusing through Amazon.com I saw a notice to Kindle Owners right on the Home Page. The rebel in me wanted to avoid the message and see what might happen. The responsible side of me said, “You better do this.”
So I did.
|Device and Year||Software Version Your Device Needs||Update via Wireless (2G/3G) or Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 1st Generation (2007)||1.2.1||Use Wireless|
|Kindle 2nd Generation (2009) *||2.5.8||Use Wireless|
|Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009) *||2.5.8||Use Wireless|
|Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010) **||3.4.2 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 4th Generation (2011)||4.1.3 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 5th Generation (2012)||4.1.3 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011) **||126.96.36.199 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) **||188.8.131.52 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (2013)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle 7th Generation (2014)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle Voyage 7th Generation (2014)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation (2015)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
* For these devices, even if you are running software version 2.5.8, if you have not connected to wireless (2G/3G) since October 5, 2015, please connect now.
What this update will contain
Kindles have been out a long time, with the only redesign being the hardware. It is about time they decided to give a facelift to the software. When you go to your home screen, you can still get to your library, but it isn’t going to be the only thing on the home screen. Based on the ebooks you have already purchased or downloaded it will now make recommendations for you on things you should buy from Amazon.
There will also be “Exclusive recommendations for you,” aka, “Buy this now!” at the bottom, which will rotate so you don’t just see four books. And at the top right, there are “Reading Lists,” which list books in your Amazon Wish List and any samples you’ve downloaded (Buy Me!).
A new Home screen section called My Reading List will show a list of books in the user’s Amazon Wish List, as well as samples downloaded. Those like myself, with Goodreads accounts, will also find the books on their Goodreads Want to Read shelf there. This is very helpful. I often go to book stores or retail stores and take photos of the books I want, then reserve them at the local library.
The gear icon in the toolbar also now gives quick access to certain settings, such as Airplane Mode, Syncing, and brightness adjustment. And you’ll also be able to share books or quotes via eMail, Facebook, and Twitter.
I always liked the fact that Kindle doesn’t force their content on you. You select the books that you want, and the store doesn’t force them down your throat. However, what I am reading is that this new update is going to make it more like iTunes (sorry Apple folks).