Monday, April 20, 2009

Kindle 2 firmware update 2.03 coming in

Well, an update is coming in for sure, distributed in batches but no one seems to know how Amazon decides who gets updates first and why.

Three people on forums (Amazon's and Mobileread's) have already said that they think they are imagining a noticeable increase in screen contrast; of course they (and I) hope it's not their imaginations.  Wishing upon an Amazon user-rating star...

 Others think it may just be making it possible for Amazon to disable text-to-speech, when the publisher insists on that, and fixing minor bugs.

If a person doesn't want to wait, the update can be done manually.  For those eager enough to do this (it's not difficult) they must remember to UNinstall any changes they made, such as for personalized screensavers and for font-replacements they themselves may have installed.  These personalized customizations need to be UNinstalled, latest one first. Only then will a new Amazon update work correctly.  I'd do it now before Amazon tries to change your settings overnight -- or, keep your wireless off until you uninstall personalized installs.

A guide for a MANUAL install of the Amazon update file for those who can't wait is at MobileRead forums, thanks to Bruce Woodcock, but they (and I) don't take responsibility for what others decide to do.  I'm just reporting its availability in a Kindle world :-). Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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  1. Is possiple to register a kindle to may amazon account when my kindle is offline ? Do you know how to do that?

  2. Anonymous,
    When you go online at Amazon, to

    Do you see your Kindle identified? They normally register it for you, as far as the Amazon site's records, when they sell it to you and prepare it for shipping. There's some that you can fill in on the Kindle. It won't be sent back to the server in your case as there's no whispernet but it should just be more or less a copy of what is on your account at Amazon.

    I'd like to know how it goes. I haven't had to do it but others have written this is all that's needed.

    - Andrys


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