Flash! Amazon announces 3.1 update…via e-mail

Flash! Amazon announces 3.1 update…via e-mail

I have to say, this was a welcome sight in my inbox this morning.

I can’t tell you the number of times when I’ve seen posts in the online forum when someone (often using ALL CAPITALS and multiple exclamation points!!!!) complains that the Kindle doesn’t do something…when it does.

I never quite see where being a “serial punc” (as I call people who repeat punctuation like that…I know, I know, but I think it’s one of my few prejudices) is going to help?  Can’t you just ask politely?  No?  Well, okay then…I know it can be helpful to express your emotions…in public…where many people would be happy to solve your problem if you just asked nicely.  😉 

Anyway, in some cases the feature has been added since the person got the Kindle.

That makes it more understandable.

I mean, I know everybody reads the manual front to back when they first get their Kindles 😉 , but you can’t be expected to just randomly go back and download the latest version.

Amazon updates (and significantly) Kindle software from time to time (no, not all of the models all of the time, but some of the models some of the time…so Lincolnian, right?).  😉 

What they haven’t been doing is telling people they updated it…unless they read Amazon press releases online, go to blogs, or go to the Amazon Kindle forum.

You know, these are the people who have been told they don’t need computers to use a Kindle.  🙂

Just kidding…but it’s been a complaint some people have had, and I have always thought they should do a better job letting people know about the wonderful things they’ve done.

Well, this time they’ve sent out an e-mail…I presume to everyone who has a Kindle 3 in the US.  It reads in part:

“We have a new, free software update for your Kindle that will be delivered via a Wi-Fi connection over the next few days. To receive the update, please turn your wireless on and connect to an available Wi-Fi network* (learn how to set up Wi-Fi on your Kindle). The software update will automatically download in the background and install when your Kindle goes into sleep mode. The update should take less than 10 minutes to complete. If a Wi-Fi connection is not available or you would prefer to transfer the update via USB, please view these instructions. “

They go on from there to talk about the features of the update, which you can read in

my post

from two weeks ago. 😉

Seriously, kudos to Amazon for continuing to improve not only your software, but your service.

* Note that they say “wi-fi network”, not wireless network.  If you have a wi-fi and 3G Kindle, you’ll need to either get this by wi-fi or download the update manually using your computer and transfer it to your Kindle using your USB cable.  Alternatively, find a public wi-fi hotspot…you can do that with http://www.openwifispots.com .

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

11 Responses to “Flash! Amazon announces 3.1 update…via e-mail”

  1. Jessica Says:

    So is this update only for the Kindle 3? I have a Kindle 2, and the previous update was for that as well, but the wi fi only comment has me wondering.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jessica!

      Yes, at that point, that is correct…this is only for the Kindle 3s. That doesn’t mean that the K2s won’t get page numbers in a separate update, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  2. Blonde Says:

    Who wants look for ways, who doesn´t look for excuses… you know…. it´s just people. I love Kindle. You love Kindle… we look for ways… but …..

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Blonde!

      Right, and I don’t think everybody should look for things. That’s my style, but being very focused on what you already know is another good survival strategy. 🙂

  3. Curtis Says:


    • Curtis Says:

      I mean Linolnian but that’s OK since you may have meant Lincolnian!?!?!?!?!?

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Curtis!

        Yes, thanks for catching that…simple typo. I meant “Lincolnian”…I was playing off pleasing all of the people some of the time…that idea.

        I appreciate you letting me know…I’ve fixed it.

    • Curtis Says:

      I caught the reference to Lincoln so I thought I knew what you meant but I couldn’t resist the chance to use iterative punctuation since you started by suggesting we not. The post did answer a question for me, however, since I have a Kindle 2 and my wife a Kindle 3 and she was wondering why I didn’t get the e-mail she got. Thanks for being informative as always.

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Curtis!

        Well, I should be clear…I think my reaction to “serial puncs” is unreasonable. I’m not suggestiing that people stop doing it…I’d rather get over my feelings about it. 🙂 I could do it if I made the effort…I just haven’t done it yet.

        I appreciate the kind words! I’m glad that was helpful for you.

  4. JoAnna Says:

    I own a K3 wifi 3G but did not receive the email from Amazon–though I did update manually over the weekend.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, JoAnna!

      Assuming you got it from Amazon and it is registered, I suspect you’ll get the e-mail in the next day or two. It takes them a while to send them out to everybody.

      I had manually updated mine a couple of weeks ago, I think.

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