New software update v4.1.0 for the Kindle Basic - No-Touch/No Keyboard today.
The Software v4.1.0 update for the $79/$109 No Touch Kindle (US) is ready for download online as an option. This is also the update for the UK model of the Kindle Basic, £89.
While the update is ready for manual download and install, it will be delivered automatically to your Kindle over WiFi if you prefer to wait for that.
If you'd rather get it sooner (it can take a couple of weeks sometimes), then follow the steps outlined at the download page to get it on your Kindle sooner.
Amazon's new features in this update (emphases mine):
- Improved reading font that is higher contrast and crisper so that you can enjoy a paper-like reading experience.
- Parental Controls that allow you to restrict access to the Experimental Web Browser, Archived Items, and the Kindle Store. *
- Support for books with complex layouts and formats with Kindle Format 8.
- Support for children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View (which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel). Books that support these features will be available in the Kindle store over the next few weeks.
- Dictionaries grouped into a collection in Home and Archived Items called "Dictionaries" for better organization.
- Improved table and image viewing (panning and zooming) on supported titles.
* Parental Control caution:
When additional parental controls were added to the Kindle Fire in early May, I quoted a caution by "Old Rocker" at the Kindle Forums:
' Old Rocker Adds an interesting precautionIn fact it happened to many, so I took this advice and recommend that others do also.
"I'm thinking that anyone who shares their [Kindle] may want to set up a parental control password [right away], but just allow everything in order to avoid a child or other user to accidentally turn on parental controls and set up a password, locking the owner out. That happened to someone recently who posted about it on the forums." '
For those who have been trying to decide on this basic model or another one:
Remember that for this model, any searches for words, or any instructions needing typing such as location number or typing the first alpha character for a title look-up, will require use of an on-screen alphabetically-arranged keyboard-diagram pop-up, which is accessed via the front bottom controller button to "select" each character one by one. It also has no audio and therefore no speakers :-), which further means no text-to-speech (TTS) but not many seem to use that feature.
However, it's only 6 oz's, is therefore very light and very small and may be fine for those who never plan to do regular searches or much keyboard input. For some, size is very important, in snug purses, pockets, etc. Truly portable even if not my own preference, as I use keyboards a lot for searches and the web. The price is right too.
But, for those of you who already have the Kindle Basic No Touch, this update is fairly substantial. :-)
Kindle Fire 7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
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|Most Popular Free K-Books|
U.S. & Int'l (NOT UK):
Top 100 free
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