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Kindle Paperwhite Firmware Update - suggestions thread

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Initial post: Oct 7, 2012 9:37:01 AM PDT
Abe says:
This is a thread where you can add suggestions for Amazon to use when they update the Kindle Paperwhite wifi and 3G firmware.

I for one, would like them to make it possible to disable the light completely.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:49:25 AM PDT
JOEKC says:
Put an icon on the home page that allows you to turn off the wireless, instead of having to dig into menus. Also, the turning the airplane mode on to turn the radio off seems a bit counterintuitive. Why not just wireless: on/off?

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:54:25 AM PDT
M. Kramer says:
Have a button to reactivate the antenna when needed. Other than that I like it as it is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 10:04:26 AM PDT
Jason Snell says:
Would really like a touchscreen gesture to go to the _previous_ article in a periodical. In general I've found that the touch interface works well for books, but for periodicals it is kind of a mess.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 10:37:33 AM PDT
 Ann says:
@Jason - Try swiping up or down to go to the next or previous article.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 10:46:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 2:33:58 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Ann they removed the up/down swiping to change chapters/articles that the touch had.

People where complaining about the Touch jumping chapters, most likely people accidently swiping up/down.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 2:40:54 PM PDT
P. Burks says:
Totally agree about putting an icon on the homepage to turn the wireless off and on. Don't like the extra step of having to go to menu, then settings and then airplane mode off or on. On the Kindle Touch, all you have to do is go to menu and then turn wireless off or on. Having it on the menu bar at the top of the Paperwhite would be so much easier!

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 2:53:07 PM PDT
Cyndie says:
I would have to agree with the Wireless on-off thing. If you are in the middle of a book, there is no way to turn the wireless on or off without going to the homepage. I was use to being able to do that from anywhere on my K2.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 3:05:07 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
While I agree that the separate "wireless off' command was more convenient, the mobile device industry seems to be standardizing on "airplane mode," apparently at the behest of the FAA/FCC and the airline industry. Such devices can have as many as four separate radio receivers/transmitters -- wifi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth, and GPS -- and airplane mode turns them all off. The airplane icon is the standard way for cabin crew to confirm the device is in compliance with requirements.

I doubt Amazon will backtrack on this.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 3:13:34 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I also want to cast my vote for a simple way to turn wireless on and off. Kindles don't have many hassles but that's probably the biggest one. When I'm reading in bed and just about to fall asleep I'd like to just touch a button and turn wireless off but I have to navigate the menus and by the time I do that I'm awake again.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 7:18:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2012 7:19:49 PM PDT
B. Berard says:
Make it so Everything works in landscape or portrat mode.

Allow to post actual small text excerpts from books to Facebook or Twiter, not just a link to Amazon. Can always say from a Kindle.

Fix the text on register page of facebook link so one can actually read it and allow them to display in landscape mode also!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 7:20:10 PM PDT
 Ann says:
Yes, but Jason asked about navigating between articles in a periodical. Swiping up/down does work there.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 8:10:36 PM PDT
patty1955 says:
I'd like the page back area to be smaller. I have trouble reaching over it with the thumb and it would be great if the page back area only extended half way down the left side.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:53:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2012 3:19:46 AM PDT
Warren Tan says:
I would like an update to disable the sleep mode when the cover is closed, as it uses power for the page refresh to standby and back again.

I was able to continue my reading where I left off on my Kindle Touch when I was interrupted by just closing and opening the cover, the eink wastes no power from staying where it is.

Or maybe we can have an option for the cover to switch off the light when closed, instead of going to the standby mode.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 9:59:15 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Warren, it sounds like you should be using a Touch cover, which doesn't have the magnets that activate sleep on the PW.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 10:29:26 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
Fine. Call it Airplane Mode, but put it back at the top of both the Home and Book Menu.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 11:02:48 PM PDT
T. Madsen says:
Agree - Airplane Mode or Wireless Off should be easier to access.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 11:21:25 PM PDT
D. Knobel says:
Here's my suggestion: Three finger swipe up/down (or something similar) to instantly change brightness.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 11:39:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2012 11:39:52 PM PDT
Put a a battery icon with the percentage of battery life. Progress bar is not enough.

Bring back swipe to next/previous chapter but disable it by default.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 12:00:54 AM PDT
JES says:
Do you seriously find it hard to tap the light bulb icon?

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 1:28:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2012 1:29:29 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
Make the font size distribution more linear. The smaller fonts increase the size by only a few percent for each step, and consequently only decrease the number of lines per page by 2 or three lines.

The number of larger fonts has beeb reduced from 4 to 3. Now only fonts 6 and 7 are appropriate for people with average loss of close-up vision for ages 55-75. 6 is too small, and 7 is too big, and the difference between them is a whopping 30%. It goes from 20 lines per page to 14 lines per page, and the spacing is increased even if you set it to small. I don't wnat to waste what hand mobility I have left paging every few seconds.

Since the font icons shown don't match the size as it will appear on the screen, get rid of them and put in plus and minus signs. They can then have a greater number of fonts and have room to display a representive size icon and the number of the font, ex. 6 of 12. The eight font limit is arbitrary, and kind of leaves seniors with the short end of the stick, even though we read more.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 2:34:26 AM PDT
Cyberpunk says:
Bring back the jump to and previous next chapter - in settings allow this to toggle on or off.

Bring back the progress bar at the bottom of the screen - again in settings allow this to be on or off.

Add page numbers to the cycle in the bottom left of the options that can be displayed - location, time left in chapter, time left in book or page number.

Bring back screen rotation in all four directions.

When viewing notes, highlights, bookmarks have a Go To page to jump to that page instead of having to go through one page at a time.

And, as others have said, make it easier to turn wifi on and off.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 2:39:42 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Instead of WiFi on/off then Airplane Mode on/off...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 2:52:18 AM PDT
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