Amazon updates the Kindle Keyboard, adding parental controls
Amazon has just updated the Kindle Keyboard, formerly informally known as the Kindle 3.
That may help alleviate some concerns people have about Amazon abandoning speakers (necessary for audiobooks, music, and text-to-speech) in its RSKs (Reflective Screen Kindles).
You can just wait for them to send it to you wirelessly in the next few weeks, or you can do the update manually here:
They’ve improved the instructions there, by the way. If you have questions about updating it manually, feel free to ask.
Do be careful to pick the right update…it’s different for European customers, and different for wi-fi only Kindle Keyboards, versus wi-fi and 3G Kindle Keyboards.
What does this one add?
- Parental controls, like those on the “Mindle“…you can lock down a device to prevent it from going on the internet or downloading books from the archives, but you can still send books to it by buying them on a computer. This is a good implementation of “parental controls”, although FreeTime on the new Kindle Fire line will be more sophisticated
- New crisper font
- KF8 (Kindle Format 8), panel view for comics, children’s books with “Kindle Text Popup”
- Whispersync for Voice: this is the new feature that lets your sight-read an e-book, switch to the audiobook and it picks up in the right place, then switch back again (picking up sight-reading where you finished listening). For more information on that, see http://www.amazon.com/wsv
Let me know if you notice anything else with this one…that sometimes happens.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.