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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 5:20:20 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
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This one really startled me. I was just about to read the NY Times Latest News when my Kindle went bonkers. I do know enough to let it do its thing in case it is updating, but they so seldom come automatically for me, so it was a shock. All it says in the download section is "includes optimizations for your Kindle's performance, including fixes for Wi-Fi connectivity."

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 6:53:59 PM PST
A similar thing happened to me this afteroon. I just started to read one of my books and my Kindle Paperwhite went bonkers. Turned on and off repeatedly, updated again and again. Now several hours later, the Kindle automatically wakes itself when I am not even touching it. I hope this gets fixed.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:44:51 PM PST
Yes, mine automatically updated when I turned off Airplane Mode this evening. That was unusual as I've always had to manually download updates in the past.

So far, though, I can't see what the update has done that needed doing. The fonts are all still way too small (small is microscopic on the Paperwhite, and I have to keep mine on the 3rd largest size regardless of font used). And we still have to go into settings to turn Airplane mode off and on.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 11:05:43 PM PST
As far as "airplane mode" goes, don't get your hopes up about them fixing it.
"it's a feature, not a bug!"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:00:13 AM PST
R. Nelson says:
Font size is in the eye of the beholder. They offer 8 sizes, mine is on the second to smallest.

Mine updated when I was reading it as well. I turned away for few minutes to answer a question and a flicker caught my eye, it was the screen change to tell me it was downloading update.

I am not sure what minor tweaks it made either. It still leaves a faded text if I open a menu on the current page. Like if I check a word definition or translate a phrase, the book that was outside of the box area becomes fainter for some reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:23:12 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
does it now support Japanese? We're getting closer to the shipping date of the paperwhite on (January 5)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:40:51 AM PST
R. Nelson says:
CB - Well I just went into my settings to look under default language. It appears to have Japanese as the last selection. Under keyboards you can select Japanese.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:45:22 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
that may have been part of the update - the unannounced one on the newer Kindle Fires added it as well

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 12:11:15 PM PST
Nick Cupo says:
Still hoping Amazon will add Airplane Mode (wifi on/off toggle) to main menu instead of buried in the settings menu

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 7:36:44 PM PST
Oh, I LIKE Airplane mode. But not the fact that they now make us go into settings to turn it on. It's ridiculous to make us take extra steps now when they never have before.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 9:35:48 AM PST
JES says:
Three taps of the screen to turn airplane made off/on is not a problem for most people.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 2:19:56 AM PST
in my Kindle Touch when i swiped my finger up or down, i could surf in chapters, but Paperwhite lacks this feature.
i wish there was an update to restore that ability. Does anyone know where to post our suggestions for upcoming updates?

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 3:33:04 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I think that was disabled because of too many complaints about skipping forward or backward too far accidentally

The Go To menu will allow you to go backwards and forwards by chapter

anyway, you can email them here:

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 4:51:01 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
I was also surprised by the update in the last week. Apparently it improves Wi-Fi connections and prevents jail breaking. Since I had no problem with the Wi-Fi and don't jail break, it didn't do anything for me. :)

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 4:32:40 PM PST
Linda K says:
I have no idea when my paperwhite did the update but in the device info it says 5.3.1. The last number was a zero last time I looked.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 9:48:22 AM PST
My paperwhite is nice, and I like it But once in a while it reboots itself after the 5.3.1 update.
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