Kindle Paperwhite Updated With Improved Search, Dictionary, and Access to the Chinese Kindle Store

Kindle-Paperwhite-product-image-7[1]Amazon has pushed out another update for the Kindle Paperwhite recently, bringing a few useful improvements to this 6" ereader. The official update list is after the break, but it's rather short. Amazon improved the dictionary look up feature and the KPW also reportedly has an improved search function.

What's New:

  • View full definition when looking up a word
    When you look up a word in the dictionary, you can now view the full definition in the definition window.
  • Search enhancements
    You can easily search for a highlighted word or phrase in your book, your items, or in the Kindle Store. Highlight the word or phrase, select More, and then select Search.

According to one of my readers, this update also brought an unannounced new feature. Reports from the Chinese language Duokan forums indicate that this update enables the KPW to buy from the Chinese Kindle Store. I haven't confirmed whether the report is true but I did see that one user reported it.

In the past couple weeks I posted a couple rumors that the KPW would be launching in China. Neither came true, so I am loath to read anything into this new report. But I will note that Amazon launched the Kindle Store in China last Fall without also releasing the Kindle in the Chinese market. In the 4 months since the launch I have been expecting Amazon to announce the launch of the Kindle and they have not.

It's bound to happen eventually, though there are no hints as to exactly when Amazon will launch an ereader in China. The current hold up seems to be govt paperwork.


Thanks, thomass!

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