The Kindle Update has made the Kindle much better value for money. Wanted to walk through all the new features and mini-features added.
This covers Kindle Update 2.3 that adds PDF support, screen rotation and more.
Here’s a video discussing features added (it misses the Words Per Line feature) –
Details on the Kindle Update
The big Features –
- Kindle PDF Support.
- 85% longer battery life when wireless is on – supposedly only for Kindle Global.
- Screen Rotation, including on the Home Page.
The cool features –
- PDFs in other languages work.
- Status Indicator pages that let you know a file is being opened up and also prevent ghosting.
- New, improved Search – Found terms are shown in the book itself. You can circle through results.
- Everything’s Faster. Definitely loading of books and perhaps even screen refreshes.
- 5 way cursor seems to move faster.
Also showing –
- Words Per Line. Find it in the Fonts Menu (Aa key). It lets you change the number of words per line – both in portrait and landscape mode.
- Status Messages in certain situations.
Did this make it in? Rumored Features
- Better screen contrast and darker fonts. Some people think so.
- Better Power Management with wireless on for Kindle US. I feel my Kindle 2 US now does better with its battery, as do other people. Wishful thinking?
Lots of these updates were discovered and shared at the official kindle forum – thanks to the people who did.
How to get the Kindle Update – Manual and Automatic Updates
You can find details at this Kindle Update Page at Amazon.
- You should normally get the update for your kindle wirelessly – automatically.
- It should all happen automatically – you get a progress bar saying the update is happening, then your Kindle will restart, and you have a new updated Kindle.
In case you need to do a manual update –
- Go to the Kindle Update page - it always has the newest update file. It also has instructions.
- Figure out what Kindle you have – Kindle 1 is the one with an SD card slot. Kindle DX is the one with a large screen (8.9″).
- To figure out Kindle US Vs Kindle Global – Go to your Settings Page (Home Page > Menu > Settings) and check on the bottom right.
Kindle (U.S. Wireless) devices begin with: 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, and 2.0.4.
Kindle (Global Wireless) devices begin with: 2.2, 2.2.1, and 2.2.2.
Kindle DX devices begin with: 2.1 and 2.1.1.
- Then at the Kindle Update page select the update appropriate for your Kindle.
- Download it to your PC and transfer the file via USB to your Kindle.
- It’s important to transfer it to the main Kindle folder – the one in which the Documents Folder and other folders are.
- Wait for the file to transfer completely – give it 2-3 minutes.
- Unplug the Kindle and go to the Settings Page again.
- Click Menu and select the option to ‘Update Your Kindle’.
- Choose ‘OK’ to continue and then let the update happen – Please do NOT restart or fiddle with the power button during an update.
- Congrats – You have updated your Kindle to the latest version.
It’s fair to say that with this update – via big features like PDF support, screen rotation, speed improvements, and better battery life – the Kindle is much better.
Amazon Kindle has jumped from Kindle 1.5 to Kindle 2.3.
It does make the Kindle the best option for Christmas – edging out the Nook.