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Kindle Software Update Version 4.1.0

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Initial post: Jun 4, 2012 11:04:42 AM PDT
We have a new, free software update available for the $79 Kindle. The software update will be delivered automatically via Wi-Fi to your Kindle in the coming weeks.

New features in this update include:
* Improved reading font that is higher contrast and crisper so that you can enjoy a paper-like reading experience.
* Parental Controls now allow you to restrict access to the Experimental Web Browser, Archived Items and the Kindle Store.
* Support for books with complex layouts and formats with Kindle Format 8
* Support for children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View (which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel). Books that support these features will be available from the Kindle store over the next few weeks.
* Dictionaries grouped into a system collection in Home and Archived Items called "Dictionaries" for better organization.
* On supported titles you will notice an improved table and image viewer that allows both panning and zooming.

We will be delivering this update over Wi-Fi in the coming weeks. Customers who prefer to receive the update immediately can manually download and install the software update from: http://www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 11:15:46 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 11:51:04 AM PDT
Kevin, your team is amazing! Thank you so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 11:58:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012 11:58:46 AM PDT
t says:
Will this improved font be made available for the previous Kindle generation, i.e. the Kindle Keyboard?

Also, thank you for the updates!

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 12:52:48 PM PDT
Thank you!
Something I noticed immediately is that instead of turning wifi off/on, now it is airplane mode. There's a cute little airplane next to the battery telling you that wifi is off and airplane mode is on.
They have removed the turn wireless off/on from the menu and now you have to go to home/menu/settings to adjust the wifi (through airplane mode, which is listed first)

The text does appear to be darker so I'm totally thrilled with this update. I honestly didn't think the contrast could get any better! Thanks Amazon!

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 1:29:23 PM PDT
Momof5 says:
More details on the Parental Controls please!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 1:33:46 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 4, 2012 2:46:59 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
I'm not crazy about the change to get to the wireless settings. 9 clicks to get there doesn't seem like an improvement. That change should be mentioned somewhere, I came here when I couldn't find it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 2:53:26 PM PDT
I haven't seen it yet myself, but it does sound a little clunky for such a common action!

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 3:02:36 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have to agree that they've made turning off Wifi more difficult It was a silly thing to do. Here's hoping they'll change that next update.

Another thing I don't like is the Dictionaries collection on the home screen. I had a _Misc collection that I put dictionaries and user guides and clippings into. The problem now is that I can't put those other files into the Dictionaries collection so I now have a more cluttered home screen. It would have been fine if they'd made it a real collection that I could use for the users guide, etc., but they didn't. Grrrrr!

Amazon, fix that, too. That was a really bad move.

It's a dark and rainy day here so I can't really be sure but offhand I think the font does seem bolder now. That wasn't really a problem before but it will be nice if they fixed it anyway. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 3:07:40 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Yep, I don't care for the System Collection either. I had my dictionaries in a collection, along with other reference books. Now I have a new collection I have no control over.

As the kids would say, Dislike. That makes 2 things they changed that I really don't care for.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 3:53:18 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Quit fixing what isn't broke, Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 4:55:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012 4:56:14 PM PDT
I just turned wifi off. I think I'll pass on this one. Wonder why they thought we wanted wireless harder to get to? Seems a step back to me. Don't want the Dictionaries collection, and there wasn't anything wrong with the font contrast to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 5:55:49 PM PDT
JES says:
You only need WIFI on when you are buying ebooks. I don't see that a few extra steps to turn WIFI off as a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:41:26 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
I think Amazon should be aware when they make changes that make the user experience more difficult. To change something so basic is not right. Giving us a collection that we can not change or add anything to is wrong as well.

All the newbies will be confused again too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:47:12 PM PDT
JES says:
I see your point. But people who don't take the time to read the users manual will always be confused by even the most basic tasks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:54:42 PM PDT
This has nothing to do with "being confused by basic tasks".
First, you also need wireless when you are downloading a book from archives, or even just checking your archives, or synching between two devices, or using the browser, or just browsing the store.
Right now, it just takes two clicks to turn wireless on or off. Making it take twice as many (or more) is NOT trivial!

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 7:02:04 PM PDT
Dittie says:
The irony here is that many of us chose this Kindle because it's the Kindle we wanted. Now it's being updated whether we like it or not just to satisfy the few who didn't buy it because of its connectivity or did buy it hoping it would magically change to become what they wanted, and the rest of us no longer have the firmware we signed on for. It would be different if we could choose not to do the update but the only way to accomplish that is never to connect to wi-fi, yet we're the ones who wanted connectivity.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:08:34 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Were there really outcries for the simple 3 click to turn on WiFi to be changed to 9? Were there complaints about the dictionaries? I know there weren't.

Why give us a Collection we can't change? We could make our own, the way wanted them. This is the first time I've been really annoyed by a change forced on us

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:21:29 PM PDT
Dittie says:
I'm no programmer but my guess is the airplane mode thing could be tied in to the parental controls. Again, fine, but let current users decide if they don't want to do this update. There's absolutely nothing there that *I* feel needed to be changed but the only way I can keep my Kindle firmware the way it was is to never connect. I just find that incredibly ridiculous. If mine were still in the thirty day return window, I'm be sending it back tomorrow.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 7:27:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:30:52 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
jualene, I'm not sure why you posted this here, in a thread about the upgrade that was just released for the basic Kindle.

But, there is no added cost for Silk. It is preloaded on your Fire. What extra cost are you talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:31:45 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Silk is a browser and is therefore no more relevant to this thread's topic than anything else in your comment.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:21:33 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Thanks, Amazon!

There are some really good things in this update.

It has an excellent implementation of parental controls. I tested this, and one of the things you can do is block the archives and the Kindle store from the device...and still send something from either via the computer. That's nicely done! It will make things easier for parents/legal guardians.

One thing the Dictionaries Collection will do is cut down on the number of questions we see where people say that they didn't buy all those non-English books. I've seen that at least a few times...they didn't realize they were dictionaries.

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