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Initial post: Mar 28, 2012 2:42:38 PM PDT
We have a new, free over-the-air software update available for Kindle Fire that includes:

- Sharing: Customers will be able to easily share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book. Customers simply highlight a passage and select "Share" or choose the "Share" option from the toolbar within a book, write a note if they choose, and select which social network to share with. Passages or notes a customer chooses to share will be displayed to other Kindle readers viewing the same book, and customers can also choose to share via Facebook and Twitter. Amazon already has a vibrant community of readers who choose to share favorite passages and notes from their reading through This update brings these notes and highlights to Kindle Fire, so a reader can easily see what other readers are saying about their books.

- Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon's community of book lovers, Book Extras make it easy for customers to see supplemental material about the book they are reading, without even leaving the book. Customers can view descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more. To view Book Extras from within a book, customers simply tap the top of the screen to bring up the toolbar, tap the menu button and select "Book Extras."

- Archive of Personal Documents: Customers' personal documents will be stored in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download at any time from the Documents tab on Kindle Fire. Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync will automatically sync notes, highlights and last page read for personal documents.

- Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook. Print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting, color and layout of the print editions, with features including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, real page numbers and whispersync of notes, highlights and last page read.

- "Reading View" for Amazon Silk: There is a seemingly endless array of interesting and engaging content available on the Internet. Sometimes, unfortunately, that business article, blog post, or sports recap you clicked on is surrounded by a host of competing material. With Reading View on Silk, the content that you're interested in is elevated above the clutter. When invoked by the customer, Silk will load the body of the page in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing the reader to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.

- Movie Rentals: The rental period for movie rentals that are downloaded to Kindle Fire now starts when a customer starts watching the movie, rather than when a customer starts downloading the movie.

- Additional Enhancements: This update will also bring some of the features customers have requested, including even faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.

The update will be automatically delivered to your Kindle Fire.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 2:49:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 2:49:40 PM PDT
Erich says:
Still no support for Collections... ho hum.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 3:10:59 PM PDT
The rental change and the ability to share to Facebook are two of the most asked for changes. I'm happy about those at least.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 3:57:21 PM PDT
TerryB says:
I love the personal document feature!

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:08:35 PM PDT
TerryB says:
My Fire just started the update; it came automatically. Surprised me because I usually don't receive the updates until a day or two after they're announced.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:12:33 PM PDT
Eduardo says:
But still no support for other languages menus or dictionaries? This is something highly disappointing and am sure very easy to fix

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:18:37 PM PDT
TerryB says:
Here's the link to the Amazon page that gives the specs and also tells how to download it via USB:

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:36:26 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:39:54 PM PDT
What the hell happened to the keyboard layout? I kinda like being able to use commas once in a while!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 4:48:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 4:48:32 PM PDT
TerryB says:
The punctuation marks are all on the top row. Comma's 3rd from the left on my Fire.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:53:29 PM PDT
@Teadub- yes my keyboard has always had that layout too but that row disappears once you start typing and suggested spellings show up there. Amazon I want my old layout back this stinks!

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:57:50 PM PDT
DCSavvy says:
I like the Reading View.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:03:23 PM PDT
Zedd says:
Since the update, I'm now having graphics display issues. On the home screen some books and apps are displaying a blank Icon...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:14:22 PM PDT
Duodentes says:
This happens often when I add books from other sources to the Fire from my computer. It takes awhile for the Fire to refresh the cover images. Sometimes I can make it happen faster by unlocking the screen orientation and rotating the Fire thru each 90 degree turn. Sometimes I just have to play a game or read the dictionary (books are often inaccessible during the refresh). Sometimes I have to do a hard reset. Some of these options may be unnecessary, but I get impatient. Anyway, the cover images eventually reappear.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:14:52 PM PDT
The biggest and most glaring fix needed is the ability to delete web from carousel. Another thing I notice on my kindle fire is that even after deleting web history, silk continues to load historical pages I have not visited in months and which I deleted from my history. If it is not a terrible bug, it is terrible coding. Too late to return my fire but I will not purchase another without these obvious and one would think, simple fixes. This is my first Amazon device and likely my last!

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:19:25 PM PDT
missyp says:
Does Reading View work with all websites? I went to 5 or 6 websites and only was able to use reading view on one of them.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:39:14 PM PDT
Oh, I was really hoping for sharing! That's a pretty good addition I think :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:44:58 PM PDT
iDRMRSR says:
Me too. I cured this by deleting something from the favorites. Then they all jiggled, and the pictures came back. Funniest thing.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:47:05 PM PDT
iDRMRSR says:
The App Manager got an update, too. There is no longer a My Apps option. Instead, it's rigged up by default for Automatic Update. If you want notification that your apps got updates, you now have to select that option. Updates are set to automatic AND SILENT by this new firmware. Stumbled on that while looking for something else!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:49:26 PM PDT
iDRMRSR says:
I find distressingly few places that allow the "reading view", too. Oh well, for those places where it shows up, it's nice. The browser seems to be doing some kind of analysis of the web page before it offers you the option. Dunno what criteria it looks for.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 6:00:51 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 28, 2012 6:25:12 PM PDT
Natey says:
I know somebody says this every time there's an update (and I've disagreed every time previously), but it seems like they finally lowered the minimum level of brightness for the screen. I often read my kindle in complete darkness, so I'll have to wait 'till tonight to be sure. I noticed my Fire was looking considerably darker before I even knew there was an update.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:32:05 PM PDT
L. Hardin says:
Try the app ScreenDim. It allows you to REALLY lower the brightness.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:38:42 PM PDT
drea21 says:
How do you turn off the autonatic updates? I looked in settings - applications and didn't see it there. Any tips would be great, thanks :)

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:39:39 PM PDT
Karen Walker says:
Absolutely love the time-line change for movie rentals.
Thanks Amazon!
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