Kindle Paperwhite 2 update available
I haven’t had time to download, install, and test it yet, but there is a new update available for the Kindle Paperwhite 2…and it looks promising!
As usual, you should be able to just wait for the update, if you want, or you can get it and install it manually at the above link.
Amazon says it has:
- The ability to manage your Cloud Collections. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen the term “disaster” applied to the way Cloud Collections first worked on the KPW2. I’ve found them very useful on our Kindle Fire HDXs. This says that you’ll be able to “star” Collections to make them favorites…uniquely on that device. I’ll have to test this out to see if it resolves people’s concerns…let me know what you think!
- You’ll be able to see your Notes in a book from “the Reading Menu”. Does this mean you’ll be able to see them along with the text? My guess is no, that it is just an easier way to access them (rather than using “Go To”). Update: I can confirm: it’s just another way to get to the Notes. I don’t remember being able to select between Your Notes, Popular Notes, and Public Notes, but that’s now a choice. You could also use this technique to get to the Table of Contents
- PDF improvements
- You’ll be able to cancel the purchase of a book you do from a sample, as long as you do it before it finishes downloading
More information later, but I know people like to get these right away. 🙂 If you have feedback, feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
Update: I have now downloaded and installed the new update.
It went as expected, using the link above: the whole process was under five minutes, I’d say.
The first obvious difference was a series of dark stars appearing on the homescreen, next to each of the Collections (I have the Kindle sorted by Collections).
Unfortunately, the directions at Amazon only apply to when you are seeing covers on your device, which is not my choice. It talks about the star being in the “…bottom-right corner of the collection cover”. However, it’s obvious in either view.
I long pressed (holding a finger in my case, or you could use your stylus, on a Collection for about a second).
One of the choices is to “Show Only in Collections View”.
I did that with my TBR Collection, since this is my Significant Other’s Kindle Paperwhite 2. I was looking to make it not visible on this device (to simply things for my SO).
I got a message:
“This collection will only be shown in the Collections View. Select Collections under My Items to see it. You can press and hold on a Collection to change its view options.”
I tapped “OK”.
At that point, the Collection disappeared from the homescreen…the result I wanted. 🙂
To see it again on this device, you go to where it says “My Items” at the top of the homescreen…not where it says “Collection” on my currently (the sort order).
If I go to All Items under My Items, it shows up again.
That seems reasonable to me. You could switch to Collections to download things from a Collection which you don’t normally want to see. For example, you could have a “Read” Collection, and only invoke it when you want to re-read it.
So far, I like it. It’s not intuitive, but I think it works.
When you are sorted by Collections and filtered by My Items, you now see both Collections and items not in Collections…that’s going to confuse some people.
I think this may require a bit more explanation…unleash the tabular format! 😉
|My Items||Recent||24||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items show both inside and outside Collections, sorted by downloaded or accessed dates|
|My Items||Title||24||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items show both inside and outside Collections, sorted by title (no separation for Collections and individual items|
|My Items||Author||24||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items show inside and outside Collections, sorted by author (with Collections appearing after the individual items and the Collections also sorted alphabetically)|
|My Items||Collection||14||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items in Collections do not show outside them, sorted by Collections first, then individual items (looks like by Recent)|
|Books||Recent||12||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items appear and outside of Collections|
|Books||Collection||5||Unstarred Collections don’t show, items in Collections do not show outside them, sorted by Collections first, then individual items (looks like by Recent)|
|Collections||Recent||9||Unstarred Collections show, no individual items show|
I didn’t do all of the options there (yet), but here’s the bottom line: for most people, you wanted the filter to be by Books and the sort to be by Collections.
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