Update available for the Kindle Paperwhite: 5.3.0
they’ve announced that there is an update available for the Kindle Paperwhite. As always, it will happen automatically (eventually), or you can go to
and update it manually.
I did the update myself, so I could tell you about it.
Here are the things they list:
- Improved fonts: interestingly, these fonts also affect the menus, not just the books. There are now six: Baskerville, Caecillia, Caecillia Condensed, Future, Helvetica, and Palatino. You do this by tapping towards the top middle of a “page” when you have a book open and choosing Aa
- Turn off recommended content in Home. This is under Home – Menu – Settings – Device Options – Personalize your Kindle
- Smoother sample to book experience: I think everybody is going to want this one. When you finish a sample and then buy the book, the book will start where you left off the sample, and it will delete the sample. People have wanted this since the Kindle 1 came out in 2007
- Easier access to settings. This now makes it possible to turn Airplane Mode on and off from within a book. It was awkward to have to go to Home just to turn the wireless on and off. While this doesn’t put that option on the front menu, you can at least get to it by tapping Menu in a book and then tapping Settings
- Support for simplified Chinese
- Improved manga formatting: you can choose “fit-to-screen”
- Separate refresh setting for manga and comics from the setting for books
These are largely minor changes for most people, I think, but people are going to like the new sample method.
This did not make the screen evenly lit at the bottom: I think that’s a hardware issue and won’t be fixed with a software update. I don’t find it to be a problem (it doesn’t interfere with reading), but I know some people don’t like it.
If you notice anything interesting using this, or you have questions about how to do (the instructions at the software updates page are pretty good), feel free to comment on this post.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.