Monday, March 10, 2014

Kindle News: Kindle Paperwhite 2 software update v5.4.3 improves Cloud Collections, PDF pan and zoom. Adds reading-toolbar access to notes. Allows cancellation of KBook purchase during a download. Offers new Power-off options

NEW KINDLE PAPERWHITE 2 Software Update v5.4.3 with substantial feature improvements

Kindle Paperwhite 2 Software Upgrade to v5.4.3

  Devices involved: See Paperwhite 2 (US),   UK Paperwhite 2: here; Global Paperwhite 2: here.

Tne new, free software update available for Kindle Paperwhite 2 can be found [here] [U.S. and some international]

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

When we had the new software update for the original Kindle Paperwhite 1 the other day, I also linked to the software update pages for the Paperwhite 2).  This separate blog entry highlights the specific features and provides links for both U.S. and UK readers as well as for some International Kindle eReader owners.

The softwares page explain how to check the software version currently on your Paperwhite 2.  I'm usually one of the last to receive software updates, so sometimes I do follow the step-by-step instructions to do a manual download and install to my Kindle if the change is important to me.

This update automatically downloads and installs on the applicable Kindle Paperwhite 2 eventually;  however, as mentioned, you can also manually download the software and transfer the update to your device via USB cable.

Here are the feature enhancements they describe for update v5.4.3 [Emphases below are mine]
* Access Notes from the Reading Menu
While reading, you can view all of your notes by tapping the Menu icon and then selecting Notes. You can also continue to access the Notes tab from the Go To menu in the reading toolbar.  To learn more, go to Add, View, Edit or Remove Notes (US) or, for UK: here.

* Manage Cloud Collections
Use Cloud Collections to organize titles in custom categories and store your collections in the Cloud.  To learn more, go to Organize Your Content with Cloud Collections (US) or, for UK: here.

* PDF Improvements
Pan and zoom within PDF documents more quickly and easily, and adjust the margins for an optimized reading experience.

* Cancel Full Book Purchase from within a Sample
While reading a book sample, you can view the price of the full book and purchase with one tap.  You can also cancel the purchase before the download is complete by tapping cancel purchase.

In a forum discussion, customer and Kindle Forum Pro CBRetriever wrote the following about changes noticed for both Paperwhite 1 and 2 in the (1) Cloud Collections processing (which AVOIDS the Paperwhite 2's initial update problems from a default-automatic-importing of Collections from ALL other devices sharing the same account) and (2) Kindle Paperwhite Restart procedure.  (Bracketed info and emphases are mine):
' It didn't import any collections from my other kindles (YAY!!!!) not even in the Cloud

... my notes so far:

There's another new thing I've never seen before - when I hold the button in for 30 seconds, it doesn't restart, but I'm given 3 choices and I had to pick one (Shut Down, Cancel or Restart) I'm wondering if the new PW2 has the same choices [it DOES] ... I also had to reboot since it came up with a 2G and not a 3G connection. My collections have stars...

It did not bring in the Collections from other Devices.  I have now added 11 more dictionaries and user guides... I had to go download the user guide via manage Your Kindle - it didn't automatically download. ' [UK Paperwhite 2 user's guide here]

New Power-off Options display
  Oddly, my Paperwhite pop-up dialog box showed options different from what's described above for both Paperwhite versions.  The choices I saw during the attempts to either Power Off (holding the Power On/Off button for ~4 seconds) or force a clean "Restart" (holding the Power On/Off button for 20+ seconds) were:
"Cancel | Restart ! Screen Off" ...

  When an eInk screen is displaying a page but there is no change to that screen, the display is having no effect on the battery.
  When you change what's being displayed (changing or adding anything on the page, as in tapping it on the side to get a new page or when an action brings a pop-up window or dialog box), the display IS using the battery.  That's why just pressing the power button for only ~1 second puts the Kindle to 'sleep' during which it displays an image but the Paperwhite light turns off.

  Leaving it in this sleep state doesn't draw battery power as a result of the image display itself.  If, however, WiFi is On during Sleep state, any activity with subscription downloads or a Special Offers download -will- use battery power.

  There is always very slow battery drain in between charges even when a device is turned off.

  So, the "Screen Off" is an odd new choice on mine.  This just blanks the screen and puts it into sleep state.  SOME have requested a blank screen so they know it's "Off" but, in this case, it's only that there's no image seen - not even Amazon's default images during normal sleep-screens.

  "Restart" acts more like a soft-reboot on a computer and clears up memory states that may be causing problems.

  There is NO option on my Paperwhite to completely Power Off or Shut down the Kindle.

  It could be that my dialog box for powering off is different because I chose not to get Special Offers sent to my Paperwhite (I accept Special Offers on my Kindle Fire tablets) and, therefore, blanking the screen with a "Screen Off" does not interfere with the marketing offers on the lockscreen.

  CBRetriever, quoted above, may choose to get the offers on the Paperwhite and, as a result, doesn't get the 'Screen Off' option.  That's just conjecture on my part.

  But she does get the option to 'shut down' her Kindle.  Odd.

  Also, in my case, holding in the power button for over 20 seconds did cause a Restart, as in the past.

IF you experience unusual battery drain
Note that keeping your Kindle always connected to a Wi-Fi network can drain the battery faster under certain circumstances.  If you're experiencing that, then once you've got the update "over the air," put the Paperwhite back to "Airplane Mode ON" via the 'Settings' option on the Menu -- the option lets you toggle Wireless OFF, using the "Airplane On" choice.

  Amazon's Paperwhite development team won't return the Wireless Off/On choice to the front menu as they did last year for the Kindle Touch, removing the 'airplane mode' icon which confuses many.  It's very inconvenient to have the WiFi On/Off setting on a secondary menu and many, as a result, don't even know that they can turn WiFi Off if needed.

  Amazon probably prefers that we keep Wireless 'On' due to delivery of Special Offers but the battery-drain problem can occur when circumstances involve (1) subscriptions that are downloaded regularly (my New York Times Latest News subscription updates the Kindle edition about five times a day - $1.99/month)) or (2) due to a weaker connection that results from the distance from the WiFi router, in which case the device keeps trying to connect when a download is due (and that can be for the special offers that Amazon regularly needs to send for those who choose to opt for the less-expensive model with the special-offers feature) and is then constanty active.

  BUT WiFi needs to be 'On' after you've read a book and made annotations for a session AND when you then want to be able to continue reading later, on another device (like a smartphone), starting at where you'd stopped.
  If WiFi isn't turned on, the Amazon servers won't have any way of knowing the last-page-read location nor any notes or highlighting you've made, which you'd want to be able to access on the other device.  So, a recommendation:
1. When you're finished reading, tap the top-toolbar and press the HOME icon.
  That will 'close' the book session and record the last page read and log the annotations.
2. Tap the top of the Paperwhite to bring up the toolbar and menu icon.
3. If you see an airplane icon at the top, your WiFi is Off (and you're in "airplane" take-off mode).
4. Tap 'Settings'
5. Turn Airplane Mode OFF, and that'll turn WiFi ON.
6. At that point, the Kindle will try to sync your changes to the Server and will download anything that is pending (a subscription to a newspaper, magazine, or blog, usually).
7. After that's done, you can go ahead and leave WiFi ON if you have no problems with faster battery drain
      OR you can turn OFF the WiFi if you need to save battery power.

Only if you'd rather not wait -- DOWNLOADING and transferring the Update via USB
US:  Go to the Kindle Paperwhite Software Update v5.4.3 download section to get the instructions for the download and transfer to your Kindle via USB:
UK:  UK Paperwhite eReader owners can do the same for the UK-only page

Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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  1. My PW1 is like yours: no shutdown options. I have SO's, so that is not a factor. If I hold the button for 30 seconds (ignoring the Cancel/Restart/Screen Off dialog), it just restarts when I lift off.

    I'm a little skeptical about the details in CBRetriever's report in general, and in particular that it did not import collections. I thought that at first, but had not read the user guide, and didn't notice the new Collections view right away. The Collection sort order was greyed out so it seemed there were none. But they were waiting for me in Collections view. I think if you have registered the Android or iOS app or Fire and without creating any cloud collections, perhaps then you get a blank slate. So maybe that's what happened.

    1. Probably so, Tom. I did accept Collections and organized them for my Samsung and HDX. So what I got on my Paperwhite 1 matched those.

      What I don't like is they now show up under Books when I'd rather not see them. Wish we had an option to NOT show Collections while viewing book lists, since we are able to see them under the My Items list anyway. They do belong under Books, of course but I just want the option not to have my 32 collections showing up all over, and the Recent sortt offered doesn't help there (except 'by author' which is something I never choose), since they're the newest things on my KPW 1.

    2. So...are all your Collections set to 'Show in All Views' (starred)? You can set any or all to 'Show Only in Collections View). Then they will not show in book lists. I only have one of my collections 'starred'.

    3. Thanks, Tom ! I've not looked at that setting and will, after I get back. Going out again. Will let you know.


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