Kindle EBR update 5.7.2 menu map
Despite a near disastrous update to our sixth generation Kindle Paperwhite, I was able to get the new software version working. This is a significant update, affecting the current EBRs (E-Book Readers):
- Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
- All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*) (and the earlier Paperwhite, but not the first generation)
- Kindle Voyage (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
While there are different versions of the update (for example, different ones for the eligible versions of the Paperwhite), I think the end result is essentially the same. It makes sense to me that, where possible, Amazon gets that standardized. It can’t be exactly the same…the Paperwhites and Voyage need a screen light adjustment, the unlit “Kindle” least expensive model doesn’t. My guess is that this menu map will be helpful for anybody who can get the update.
In my Menu Maps, I go through the interface to find out where things are (there are sometimes new things, and sometimes things move), and give you some context. I’ve found some very interesting things in the past, and I’m curious as to what I’ll see here…so let’s get started!
Oh, one more thing: I did do a factory reset as part of my update, so my previous choices are likely not affecting this much.
Getting through the “sleep screen” seemed the same to me. I saw a Special Offer, I could have tapped on it, I swiped to unlock, and I could have a passcode required.
Once inside, that’s where the changes are first quite visually apparent.
There are “tiles” or sections of information.
At the top, there is
- The device’s name
- The wireless strength indicator
- The battery level indicator
- A clock
Below that is a toolbar:
- Search (a magnifying glass)
- Three dots, which are a menu indicator. Within that menu…
- My Library
- My Reading Lists
- Kindle Store
- Kindle FreeTime
- Vocabulary Builder
- Experimental Browser
- View Special Offers
- Create New Collection
There was also a tile with “MY LIBRARY>”, and it showed me three recent titles.
There was a tile for “MY READING LISTS>”. That showed me three titles from a Wish List, and noted that there were 99+ more.
A third title showed me “BOOKS FROM GOODREADS FRIENDS>”, but I know that rotates.
Believe that was an ad (I have one of the more popular ad-supported versions).
Now, working through, starting with the toolbar:
- The Home button just takes me home…it doesn’t, but the way, rotate the one which was currently “YOUR GOOD READS FRIENDS”
- The left-facing back arrow doesn’t do anything until you’ve gone somewhere
- The brightness setting (it looks like a sun…or, unfortunately, a bit like the settings gear we see in many programs) let me choose up to 24 levels of brightness. Basic rule of thumb: the brighter it is where you are reading, the brighter you want your Kindle. Your Kindle is fighting with the sun…in bright light, having your Kindle brighter will make it easier to read. In a dark room, you need less light on your Kindle to read. Tapping that also opened a choice to turn on or off Airplane Mode, to “Sync My Kindle”, and “All Settings”…which unfortunately, did use a very similar, if not identical, “sun” or “gear” symbol. I’ll come back to All Settings later when I cover Settings
- Goodreads brought up the Goodreads app…which started with showing my personal recommendations. Tapping “Next” let me connect Goodreads to Facebook…I skipped that. Next, I was shown Readers to Follow. Next, I finally got to my information: Updates | Shelves | Recommendations | Friends
- Store started out by updating my Kindle store experience. I then saw “Recommended for You”, and had a choice of Books | Kindle Select 25 | Today’s Deals | Kindle Unlimited | Editors’ Picks | Best of the Months. Scrolling down, I saw Best Sellers | Recommended For You in Kindle Unlimited | For You in Science Fiction & Fantasy | For You in (a few genres probably based on my reading habits) | New for You. Scrolling further, I had More to Explore: Recommendations | Monthly Deals | Kindle First | New & Noteworthy | We Suggest | Kindle Singles | Magazines | Newspapers. Hitting the menu while in the store gave me an interesting different set of choices (the menu is “context sensitive”…it changes based on where you are). They were: Storefront; Books; Kindle Unlimited; Newspapers; Kindle Singles; Magazines; Kindle Owners’ Lending Library; View Wish List; Store Settings; Gift Card Balance. Under Store Settings, I could change my 1-Click Payment Method and Country Settings
- When I went to Search, I put in “Alice”, and it defaulted to “Search Everywhere”. That found me books in my Cloud (and it would have been on the device) with Alice in the title or in the author’s name, and suggested that it could search for “alice in wonderland” in the store. When I tapped the “Search Everywhere” at the bottom, I got much more nicely arranged search results. It broke it out into My Items (6), Kindle Store (9,221), Goodreads (22,878), Text in Books (0) (there may be a setting to change for that), and Dictionary and Wikipedia
Tapping the menu from the homescreen…
This one showed me ALL | DOWNLOADED (so I could choose), ALL ITEMS (3,229) with a dropdown (I’ll cover that display option shortly), and a sort choice which defaulted to RECENT.
Below that, by default, I saw the covers of recent books….and I was on page 1 of 539.
Tapping where it says ALL ITEMS, I get the choices of
- Grid View or List View | All Items, Books, Periodicals, Docs, Active Content, Collections. Huh…tapping on Active Content actually did show me choices. The Paperwhites haven’t worked with the Active Content. However, tapping on one just gave me an error message showing me that “This item is not compatible with this device”. In the past, I think incompatible items haven’t shown on the device. Does this suggest greater control of Cloud content from the devices?
- Tapping on Collections (my normal view) showed me my Cloud collections when I was on ALL, and correctly told me I didn’t have any Collections on this device when tapped on DOWNLOADED. Tapping a Cloud Collection’s menu symbol, I as able to Add/Remove Items, Rename, and Delete…without having to download the Collection to this device. That actually concerns me…I’d rather that be only done by people who get to the account settings (they need the username/e-mail and password). Tapping one of the Collections, I could toggle between what was in the Cloud and what was downloaded…that’s something people wanted to be clear, and is quite helpful. As I would anticipate, if I download the Collection, that does not download the books in the Collection
My Reading Lists
Tapping the “>” for My Reading Lists showed me
- SAMPLES (not just on this device)
- GOODREADS WANT TO READ
- AMAZON WISH LIST
and “Find books you want to read with Goodreads”
I’m going to jump down in the Menu to
- Airplane Mode on or off (that will disable or enable wireless connectivity…having it off saves you battery charge)
- Wi-Fi Networks: tapping it will give you choices of available networks. Tapping Other will let you get to Advanced, where you can manually enter parameters
- Registration and Household: adjust Household and Family Library, or Deregister Device (this would be a register choice if the device wasn’t already registered)
- Device Options: Device Passcode; Parental Controls (Kindle FreeTime | Restrictions to the Experimental Web Browser, Kindle Store, Cloud, and Goodreads)
- Personalize Your Kindle: Device Name and Personal Info (I put my e-mail address there, in case the device is lost); Device Time; Advanced Options (Home Screen View…this is where you can turn off recommendations; Next in Series; Whispersync for Books; Special Offers…two choices here. One is o turn on or off Special Offer Filtering, which will allow you to hide offers which “may not be suitable for all audiences”, and the other one is to choose whether or not Special Offer Recommendations include personalized offers based on items browsed or purchased); Send-to-Kindle Email)
- Language and Dictionaries (Language; Keyboard; Dictionaries
When I’m in Settings, and tap the menu, I get
- Kindle Store
- Update Your Kindle
- Restart (you can do this any time)
- Reset Device (this wipes your device, except for system updates…use with caution)
- Device Info
Let’s take a look inside a book…
Tapping towards the top center of the book brings up a special toolbar. That includes
- GO TO (Beginning; Page or Location; Cover; and the Table of Contents. There was a separate tab for Notes…that defaulted to Popular, but I could choose “Yours” or “Public” as well)
- X-RAY (NOTABLE CLIPS, PEOPLE, TERMS, IMAGES)
- Aa (Display Settings…FONT, PAGE, READING PROGRESS. There are nine fonts, which defaulted to Bookerly. An Open Dyslexic was also available. There were eight font sizes. Three page option sections had o do with SPACING, MARGINS, and ORIENTATION (no justification choice). READING PROGRESS gave a choice of Location in book, Page in book (if available), Time left in chapter, Time left in book, and None…you can also change that tapping on the display at the bottom of the screen
- Share (Goodreads, Facebook, or Twitter)
- Notes and bookmarks
The menu in the book gave me
- Shop Kindle Store
- Vocabulary Builder
- About This Book
- About the Authors
- Sync to Furthest Page Read
- Word Wises
At the bottom of the screen had the page flip feature, which lets you flip ahead or back without losing your place. I also liked that it showed me the title of the story in this case (chapter title, I would guess), author, location, time left in chapter, and percentage).
Long-pressing a word in the book (holding my finger on it for about a second) brought up
- Wikipedia (I was wirelessly connected) on a card, which I could swipe to move o
- I also had choices for Highlight | Note | Share | Search | Open Dictionary | and Report Content Error
Let’s go back to the recommendation strip at the bottom of the homescreen. I toggled the device on and off, and saw:
- More by Isaac Asimov (one of the authors on the book showing as the last book read)
- BOOKS FROM YOUR GOODREADS FRIENDS
- RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
My overall impression?
It looks nicer. Access to some choices is easier. There is a lot of emphasis on discovery of books to read…people may see that as ads for things for you to buy, and much of it is…but I appreciate having Kindle Unlimited recommendations, which cost me nothing more.
What do you think? Do you have other questions? Have you found other things? Feel free to share with me and my readers by commenting on this post.
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