Yep, you read that correctly…an update for the Kindle Touch!
That model is no longer sold new by Amazon (it was basically replaced by the Kindle Paperwhite), but they are giving it a significant update. Here’s the information:
I’m hoping that resolves properly while I’m typing this on my Fire…we’ll see. If it doesn’t work, go to
or just wait…you’ll get it automatically over wi-fi.
It brings you parental controls, for one thing. Also, if you get a sample and then buy the book, the book will start where you left off in the sample.
The announcement thread above has more details about the features. Sorry I can’t reproduce them easily here…due to technical difficulties, I don’t have my usual resources.
Update: I’ve temporarily switched computers, so I can give you more details:
- Updated User Interface: they are bringing the Touch in line with some other devices, and will refer to the archives as the “Cloud” on the device
- Book Covers on the homescreen…you’ll have the option to see pictures of the covers there, rather than just a list
- Recommended content…I presume not everybody will like this. :) I’ll look for a way to turn it off
- Enhanced sample-to-book experience: as I mentioned above, you’ll be able to go from a sample to the same spot when you buy a book. People wanted that for a long time :)
- Parental controls: you’ll be able to turn off access to the archives and/or the Kindle store
- Whispersync for voice: this lets you switch between a recorded reading of the book and sight-reading…you typically pay extra for the recorded reading, although less than you would if you bought the audiobook separately
- Author profiles: while you are reading a book, you can look up info for the author (if available), and other titles by that author
- Children’s books get Kindle Text Pop-Up
- Comics get panel view
You can get the update manually (and instructions) here:
If you update and notice anything special, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. One thing I have seen is that it may require your Kindle to re-index. That can take a lot of battery charge, depending on how many books you actually keep on your device. I’d leave it plugged in over night after the update, if you have a lot.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.