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Kindle Keyboard Software Update Version 3.4


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Initial post: Sep 11, 2012 11:09:30 AM PDT
We have a new, free software update available for Kindle Keyboard. The software update will be delivered automatically via wireless to your Kindle in the coming weeks.

New features in this update include:
* Improved Font: We've improved the reading font to have more contrast and be more crisp.

* Parental Controls: With the latest software update for Kindle Keyboard, parents can restrict access to the Experimental Web Browser, the Kindle Store, and Archived Items. While the Kindle Store and Archived Items are locked with Parental Controls, you can continue to buy books from a computer and send them to the Kindle wirelessly for a child to read.

* Kindle Format 8: KF8 makes books look even better with support for author specified fonts and more book styling options.

* Comic Books: Kindle Keyboard now supports comic books with Kindle Panel View. Supported titles can be purchased from the Kindle Store and will open in Kindle Panel View by default (a view that allows you to read a comic book panel by panel).

* Children's Picture Books: Kindle Keyboard supports children's picture books with Kindle Text Pop-Up. Supported titles can be purchased from the Kindle Store.

* Whispersync for Voice: Now you can switch back and forth between reading and listening without losing your place. Whispersync for Voice will synchronize what you read on any Kindle platform device with Audible playback on Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Fire, or on Audible apps for iPhone and Android.

We will be delivering this update over wireless connections 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

If you have any questions related to this release, please visit the Kindle Help Forum - http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/kindleqna/ref=kindle_help_forum_gd

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 11:21:41 AM PDT
Tim W. says:
Thank you VERY much! It works very well. :)

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 11:37:13 AM PDT
Nipun Jain says:
Thanks Kevin, it's amazing to see continued support for a Kindle that is now 2 generations old.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 11:48:47 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
I don't listen to audiobooks, but I know people who do. With whispersync for Voice, you have to purchase 2 copies of the books(the audible book and kindle book)?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 11:52:31 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
When you purchase a book you will have the option to pay a discounted fee for the audio book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 11:54:03 AM PDT
Tim W. says:
Yes. If you get on Audible's "x credits per month plan," the cost is reasonable.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 11:55:59 AM PDT
ceemee says:
I think it's great to be able to buy the audiobooks at such a discounted price. It's worth the extra bucks to be able to do away with the electronic voice. Wait, I just ordered the paperwhite. :0 Nevermind...

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 12:09:54 PM PDT
@ceemee, I share your lament over the lack of audio support in the Paperwhite model. Contact Kindle Feedback to share your opinion on this!

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 12:18:27 PM PDT
Helena Pine says:
I've been an Audible subscriber for many years now and own a couple a hundred audio books already. So......I'm wonding if the titles where I already own both the kindle and audible version together will auto voice synch or do I have to pay an extra fee to link them together. I hope it's the former.

I used the speakers on my kindle just once, and never the headphones. It's too bulky to carry around for books, so I'm not missing the speakers one bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:37:00 PM PDT
Kevin: Thank you very much! This was a pleasant surprise. I thought updates for my KK were over. Love the new features and improvements. Thanks again! Glenn

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:44:21 PM PDT
Tim W. says:
"So......I'm wonding if the titles where I already own both the kindle and audible version together will auto voice synch or do I have to pay an extra fee to link them together." I chatted with someone from Audible, they indicated that you did not need to repurchase. I've heard that people are getting emails from Audible telling them that they must link their Amazon/Audible accounts. I don't know if there is a deadline.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:46:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 12:58:04 PM PDT
I wonder if the linking is going to be automatic? Or will we have to download some kind of kk app for audible to make it work?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:50:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 12:50:53 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The linking of accounts is automatic just one thing to watch out for. When you switch over you will be using your Amazon login and password. If your password it longer than I believe 16 characters it will not work on Audible. You will just get error messages when you try and log in. It was a real pain until I found that out since I like to use long passwords.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:01:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 1:08:08 PM PDT
Thanks Jeff for the help. My accounts were linked when I signed up. What I meant was if the link between the kindle book version and the audible book version so you could go back and forth would be automatic or would require another step...I couldn't use Whispersync for Voice before because I don't have an Ipad or an Android device. Play I could do, but not sync to go back and forth. I'm hoping this means it will now sync & play using the kk.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 1:04:38 PM PDT
I'm impressed. I've been worried that the KK would be phased out soon, along with the free 3G browsing.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:06:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 1:07:37 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Looks like they are going to be around for a while. But then again it is a solid performer. I have never had any problems mine and it is now 2 years old.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:08:59 PM PDT
Tim W. says:
I tried 3G browsing after updating. It still connects to non-Wiki sites just fine.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 1:10:54 PM PDT
K. Thorne says:
I have the Kindle Touch-will a new font be made available for this? Is whispersync for voice for the Kindle Touch too? Seems like it might not-in which case I am very upset that the updates does not include these features

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:12:12 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
They update the devices separately. Just have patience. My goodness people. Amazon JUST came out with the new features.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:20:34 PM PDT
~nospin says:
Yes although I am wondering how soon an update will be out for the Touch. The letter that came up on the kindle says:

"Whispersync for Voice: Now you can switch back and forth ...Whispersync for Voice will synchronize what you read on any Kindle platform device with Audible playback on Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Fire, or on Audible apps for iPhone and Android."

So it won't work with the Touch or it won't work yet with the Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:21:45 PM PDT
Helena Pine says:
@Tim W
Thanks for the info. I really didn't think I'd have to repurchase, I was more concerned, however, that there might be a service charge to link them. It sounds like it's just an automatic thing after all which is good. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:24:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 1:28:14 PM PDT
Helena Pine says:
@Nospin: "So it won't work with the Touch or it won't work yet with the Touch."

The Iphone Audible app works on the Touch Gen 2 or better (if there is a better). I'm not sure which IOS level is required, but if you are current and at least Gen 2, you should be fine.
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edit: I just looked again. IOS v 4.2.1 or better, Iphone 3g or better, Ipod touch 2nd Gen or better.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 1:27:38 PM PDT
~nospin says:
I was talking about Whispersync for Voice and the Kindle Touch. I use the KK, Fire, and basic but my husband uses the Touch. I don't want to tell him it will work on his if it is not there yet.

While he could use it on the Transformer he has that set for his own Audible account and I am not sure you can have two audible apps on a device.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 1:29:54 PM PDT
Helena Pine says:
Oh, Kindle touch, sorry, my misunderstanding. I thought you were talking about a separate audio device to use the voice synch. well, I tried to be helpful. :)

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 2:21:04 PM PDT
Jodi1360 says:
Thanks so much Amazon.
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