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Kindle Paperwhite Firmware Update - suggestions thread

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2013 10:45:48 PM PST

PLEASE bring back the progress bar!!!

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 7:23:43 PM PST
Eli says:
I really like the idea of Page #'s as an option for the bottom right corner while you read, and the ability to nest collections.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 9:58:52 PM PST
Change ability to justify would be really nice!

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 4:05:24 PM PST
Please please please add the ability to completely turn the front light off, it's driving me mad and ruining my enjoyment of an otherwise great product. I would not recommend this product to anybody used to non illuminated Kindles. Please fix it, it's an easy thing to fix.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 3:53:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 4:47:07 AM PDT
Peák says:
Update 20. 3. 2013: I read this forum a lot of people really wants the option for completely shuting off the light. Why are you ignoring them in FW 5.3.4?

Please, make the option for completely shutting down the light. I would like to have a "just e-ink" option, with no light at all. Just as it is in screensaving mode. Even the minimum light setting is sometimes is disruptive for me.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 10:02:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2013 10:11:59 AM PST
I also hate the feature that jumps you forward or back with an accidental up or down swipe. It is sometimes very difficult to find my way back to where I was if I hadn't been on a bookmarked page. That feature should have the option to turn it on and off just as the screen rotation features have on Ipads and other tablets.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 7:59:06 PM PST
Kires says:
I haven't, nor have I heard of anyone else having this issue. If I were you, I'd call and have a new one shipped out immediately. they're pretty great about replacing defective ones.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 7:53:43 PM PST
Just received my paperwhite today and have no color spots; just the dark smudge on the bottom of the screen. However, I have an LED light bleed on the bottom left side which gives me a bright line, which is a bit distracting. Has anyone had this issue?

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 10:02:53 AM PST
L. Baldwin says:
As others have said, I'd REALLY like to see an Airplane Mode shortcut in the menu bar, next to the Home icon perhaps so I don't accidentally hit it.

I love my Paperwhite though, it's really restored my appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Got it for my 21st and I'm hooked!

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 10:15:36 AM PST
Alessandro says:
Use this Firmware on my Kindle 3, The new Features for Margins, Text dont exist on the Kindle 3

Fragmentation, Menus, and the ridiculous name Experimental

Whay dont have Tiles for Ebook, Music, Audiobooks,

And Only List name

A Want Firmware Paperwhinte on the Kindle 3

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 8:46:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 8:47:58 PM PST
Three things:

1. Instant wireless on/off from the menu bar (please NOT from the home page only, as sometimes I want to do it directly from within a book. Just a small button on the menu would be perfect).

2. It's about time you give us the ability to password protect specific folders. My kids use my Kindle sometimes, and there are some books I don't want them reading (not "dirty" or anything...just subject matter, violence, language, etc, that they are too young for). But I don't want to just password protect the whole thing. This shouldn't be that hard!

3. PLEASE, Amazon, bring back the chapter markings (bar along the bottom that shows the distance between each of the chapters, with the little vertical markings) instead of this "time left in chapter". The chapter time thing is fine, but NOT instead of the chapter markings. Literally my favorite feature of the Kindle Keyboard, and for some reason it's gone on the Paperwhite (maybe the Touch too...never owned one). It can even be turned on/off, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give us the option to put it back!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 2:09:38 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I agree with all of that, ppcsue. And IMO Amazon's representation of the PaperWhite is further sullied by the unusually over-the-top hyperbole in their promotional language (the repeated claims of "perfection" in the evenness of the lighting and the appearance of the screen).

And it was all so unnecessary. While there were clearly some defects and variations in quality during (apparently) the manufacturing process (causing blotchiness on some samples) and some fundamental limitations in the design (the gray spots at the bottom of the screen), the PW is a fundamentally sound product. Many of us received units from the first batch that are more than satisfactory, and which we find to be our favorite Kindles ever. It was not necessary to oversell, let alone misrepresent, the product.

And worse, IMO, Amazon's failure to communicate forthrightly to present and future owners about these matters has cast a pall even on the good experiences many of us had, and raises questions that shouldn't need to be asked. If I'm unhappy with my PW's battery life, should I keep it anyway, knowing that if I exchange it I could get one with a blotchy screen? My confidence in Amazon is somewhat shaken, and that makes me sad.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 12:46:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 12:55:58 PM PST
cloudpunch says:
Add page # to the rotation of time remaining / location in the bottom left corner.

Add battery percentage option in addition to the icon at the top of the screen.

Add the ability to create nested collections.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 10:49:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 10:53:35 PM PST
Robert.Y says:
Kindle Paperwhite Update Version 5.3.0

Although the Chinese Fonts are better than in Version 5.2.0, but still not so ideal. Especially the Song Ti (宋体)is too light in color still. I strongly recommend to use another Font like Hua Wen Zhong Song(华文中宋)instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:49:56 PM PST
AC Sue says:
Silly maybe, but not ridiculous I think. Much of it is undeniably true.

The original documentation and user guide DID say that the light could be turned off. Some people have posted that they read this documentation and bought the PW based partly on believing that if the light bothered them they could turn it off.

Jeff, in his presentation, strongly implied that it could be turned off when he said that "we think most people will WANT to leave the light on all the time". I don't think any normal person would interpret that statement to mean that the light WOULD BE on all the time whether they wanted it on or not.

After people began questioning whether their Paperwhites were defective because the behavior of the devices did not match what the documentation said, Amazon did not update the firmware to match what had been advertised (if this was even possible), but instead changed the documentation, after the fact, to match the actual behavior of the devices.

As far as I know, Amazon didn't issue any statements, or send out any emails to people that had purchased the PW prior to the documentation change, pointing them to the corrected version of the user guide that could be downloaded. They also apparently didn't brief customer service reps on the change; they continued to tell people that the light could be turned off well after that was known to be untrue.

I was lucky enough to get a PW with quite a good screen (despite some random gray blotches in addition to the "normal" smudges at the bottom) and I love it, but I don't think Amazon's handling of the various screen issues has been stellar.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 9:31:12 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 24, 2012 12:34:32 AM PST
AC Sue says:
Original documentation and user guide - "Here's how to turn the light off completely."

Jeff, presenting the PW -- "Here's our best device yet, with totally customizable lighting, from very bright down to completel"

Tech staff person, tugging on Jeff's sleeve - "Psst, the light is on all the time"

Jeff, still presenting "This light is so fabulous, you'll want to leave it on all the time." Aside, to tech person - "What the h-ll are you talking about?"

Tech person - "We can't seem to turn it off."

Jeff to tech person - "Well, I think I finessed that one, hurry up and change the d-mned documentation before anyone notices anything. They'll think always-on is a feature."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 12:20:11 AM PST
AC Sue says:
I think that's just rationalizing after the fact ;)

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 11:17:53 PM PST
Jo MW says:
I'm baffled by the fixation with turning the light off on the PW.

I get better battery life with the PW--with the light always on--than I got with my KTouch. And it's easier to read with the light on whether I'm in a dark room or have lamps on.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 9:55:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 11:57:29 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
If you push the power button in the dark, enough light needs to come on so you can see the controls so that you can proceed. As designed, however, the light comes on to its previous level which, if zero, means that if you turn it on in the dark you won't be able to operate it.

This logic, if you think about it, informs the design of any self-illuminated touch-screen device you can name.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 8:57:40 PM PST
Kires says:
I would like to have the option to turn the light 'off'. Granted, at it's lowest setting it is practically invisible, but there are times when I would like the option of turning it off completely. When I'm reading it with sufficient ambient lighting, the device's light is singularly pointless, as is the expending of of any battery capacity for it. I do see the advantage of having it on when shadows happen to fall across the screen, even when the light is set too low to notice. However, I would very much like the option of turning it off completely, and I can't think of any downside to having that be an option.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:09:46 AM PST
Flubaluba says:
I have solved your problem for you, actually it was very easy and only takes a few minor steps , what you do is go to Amazon and buy a kindle touch not a paperwhite, problem solved, Bust seriously the lite when set at it's lowes level actually does not seem to put any light onto the display, so if you have it set to the lowest level it looks like it is off. There must be a reason for having the light on all the time, probably something to do with the hardware as most features asked for in this forum have been resolved, like the wireless setting made available while reading.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 3:49:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2012 3:51:12 AM PST
Disposalist says:
- More fonts (downloadable?)
- More font sizes (the jump between sizes is sometimes not fine enough)
- More orientations (portrait, landscape *and* inverted portrait and landscape like on my previous Kindle)
- Automatic light level (not sure it's posible if there isn't already a hardware sensor, though)
- More options (new features are fine, but allow users to toggle/add/remove old ones)
And just a big THANKS :) for allowing us to force the full page refresh! Good move. I have a Kindle because of the awesome readability - of course I want to maximise that, not make the page 'turns' slightly 'nicer' at the expense of read quality ;)

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 11:12:43 AM PST
/dev/null says:
I would like to see the page skip bug addressed if it is indeed software related and not a result of faulty hardware. From my experience, I would think this is a software bug - details here:

A workaround for this would be "go back to previous page" which I'm surprised isn't an option.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 5:36:31 PM PST
AC Sue says:
There was a workaround for getting rid of the suggestions and the new update actually adds a setting for turning them off.
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