Friday, March 15, 2013

Kindle News: Paperwhite Software Update v5.3.4 is ready

Kindle Paperwhite Software Upgrade to v5.3.4

The Amazon Kindle Forum has a notice about yesterday's software update for the Kindle Paperwhite (US)   (UK Paperwhite: here; Global Paperwhite: here.)

Amazon Kindle Forum Notice and thread
"Initial post: Mar 14, 2013 9:53:18 AM PDT
Kevin G. - Community Manager says:
' We have a new, free software update available for Kindle Paperwhite which can be found here: [U.S.]

    [Here's the UK-only software update page]

The software update will be delivered wirelessly and includes general improvements for your Kindle Paperwhite. This update automatically downloads and installs for Kindle Paperwhite customers; however, you can also manually download the software and update your device via USB cable.

If you have any questions or need help with this update, please visit the Kindle Help Forum: '

As ever, note that keeping your Kindle connected to a Wi-Fi network will drain your battery faster.  So, once you've got the update "over the air," put the Paperwhite back to "Airplane Mode ON" - which turns Wireless Off (unless they have finally put the "Wireless Off" and "On" back on the front menu as they recently did for the Kindle Touch recently and removed the 'airplane' icon).

Only if you'd rather not wait - DOWNLOADING and transferring the Update via USB
US:  Go to the Kindle Paperwhite Software Update v5.3.4 download section to get the instructions for the download and transfer to your Kindle via USB:
UK:  Go to the same for the UK-only page

The reason given was merely "includes general improvements" which normally means "bug fixes" but Amazon doesn't seem to like to detail them.  It can be like an Easter Egg hunt, and sometimes the eggs can't be found but perhaps the lawn is greener.

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  1. Do you think there will ever be another firmware update for the Keyboard model?

    1. Anonymous, at 5:55pm March 22, 2013,
      I doubt there'll be anything soon, since the model was released in Fall of 2010, and it received a big update on Sept. 11, 2012.

      It's rare that companies do large software updates like that one for a device that's two years ago. They gave it greatly expanded capability at that.

      But, since it is a model that's used worldwide, you never know...but I haven't heard anything. I do still like it for its slow but free web-lookup capability, but it's the Paperwhite that I always use for e-Ink reading now. That built-in light is just too convenient (and pleasant to look at even in daylight as it makes the screen less green-greengray)


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