Kindle Paperwhite Software Update 5.3.0

Amazon has just released their first software update (5.3.0) for their new Kindle Paperwhite .  New features in the update include:

  • Improved Fonts:  We have made changes to Palatino, Baskerville, and Futura fonts to make them look even better on Kindle Paperwhite. You will notice this when reading books, as well as in menus. We’ve also improved the Japanese and Chinese fonts on your Kindle and tuned spacing to provide a better reading experience.
  • Turn off Recommended Content in Home:  You can now turn on or off recommended content from the Kindle Store on the Home screen.
  • Smoother sample-to-book experience: When you buy the book after reading the sample, we will now automatically start the book at your last reading location in the sample and remove the sample from your Kindle.
  • Easier access to Settings:  When reading a book, you can now access Settings directly from the menu.
  • Simplified Chinese Support: You can now use your Kindle Paperwhite in Simplified Chinese.
  • Improved Manga:  We’ve added a new Fit-to-Screen Mode that improves the readability of Manga and maximizes the use of your Kindle screen.
  • Page Refresh in Comics and Manga:  You can now specify a page refresh setting for comic books and manga independent of the refresh setting for books. 

If your WiFi or 3G is on then the update should automatically download. If you haven’t got the update yet  and you’re impatient it can be downloaded  for manual installation from Amazon’s support page.

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  • Ian Lim November 8, 2012, 2:22 am

    The update is really easy to do (if you can’t wait). Can’t give a comparison of the old and new fonts as I use Caecilia (size 4) as my standard font, it’s bolder and “stands out” more to me.

    Turning off the Recommended Content is nice however if you read the review you’ll see it’s already been handy to me pointing out a couple of my favourite authors’ new books. I’m going leave that on.

    The sample-to-book is a really neat feature and something that’s been needed for a long time.

    The killer feature for me is the quicker settings access. My Paperwhite lives in Airplane Mode and it was a pain to have to get out of my book to turn Wi-Fi on when waiting for something to sync or if I wanted to go to the Kindle Store later.

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