Most of my regular readers know I got my hands on a kindle back when the new kindle was released, It was purchased for me as a gift, the order was actually placed on the first kindle but it was on backorder right at the same time the kindle 2 was announced, I was upgraded to a kindle 2 for free. Since that time I haven’t really seen all that many updates. And of the few updates I’ve seen, not to many new features were added. I do however have to point out one update I really liked since the purchase of my kindle was when they added the support to read PDF’s natively.
However Amazon will soon be rolling out version 2.5 of the kindle software, one feature I’m really looking forward to with this update is the ability to organize your books into Collections. I’m also stoked for the Password Protection, and hoping they will force you to only unlock a forgotten password through your amazon account, this will greatly increase the chances of getting a lost kindle back, since the finder will not be able to actually use the device.
Here’s the full list of the coming enhancements from amazon’s page:
- Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.
- PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
- Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.
- More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
- Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle.
- Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.
If your curious about how to get the latest update you do not need to actually do anything (assuming you have not installed the screen saver hack). As long as you are running Amazon’s official firmware your kindle 2 automatically check’s for updates and will automatically download and install the firmware when its available. So far theres no official release date, Amazon simply states they will be rolling out the 2.5 software update to users over the coming weeks.
During the update, you’ll see screens that show the update progress. The update should take less than 10 minutes and is complete when your Kindle displays the Home screen. Amazon advises you not to power off or reset your kindle during the process or the update will fail. You can check what version your kindle is currently running by going to the settings screen on the device. The software version will be displayed on the bottom of the screen.
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