Critical Software Update for Kindle E-Readers


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.

Amazon

This is what clicking on the message provides you with:
“Important: If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device. “
The following devices require the latest software version:
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) ** 5.3.7.3 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) ** 5.6.1.1 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.

New-Kindle-Homescreen

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).

About the Author

Sherri Meinke

A long-standing Computer Geek with over 25 years of experience. Having owned her first Apple IIe and moving on up the ranks with a multitude of Windows-based pc’s to her latest toy, a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet with Windows 10. Sherri repairs, upgrades, and recycles computers as well as consults, trains & designs Websites. She is a Former AOL Community Leader and loves forums as well as online training. She created the “Camp Wired” computer training program at the Medina County Library system, 8 years ago. It is a free computer education program teaching technology in a relaxed atmosphere where students at all levels get to mentor other students and grow in their knowledge and understanding of technology. This program runs year round with no signs of slowing down.

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