Amazon has just rolled out an update for the Kindle Paperwhite (get it here). While it doesn’t offer all the features promised on the new model’s product listing this update does offer some useful improvements to search.
The v5.3.8 update will enable readers to look up a word in a dictation and then search for the same word in however many dictionaries they have on the device. The update also brings better support for switching between the each of the available definitions for a given word. This should be useful with homonyms which can have multiple meanings depending on how they’re used.
And dictionary search isn’t the only place where the search functions have been tweaked. After this update has been installed you’ll see a different search results page when you search for a word or phrase in an ebook. The search term will be highlighted within the results, and if you navigate to a page with the search term it will be highlighted on that page.
Amazon is going to push out this update to all Kindle Paperwhites over the next few weeks. If you don’t wish to wait then you can download the app from the Amazon website.
- Search terms highlighted in search results
When you search for a word or phrase within a book, the search terms will appear highlighted within the search results. When you tap a result to go to that location in the book, the search terms will appear highlighted on the page.
- Select other dictionaries when looking up a word
When you look up a word in the dictionary, you can choose to look up the word in other dictionaries on your device from within the dictionary definition window.
- View other definitions of a word
When you look up a word that has multiple meanings for the same spelling (homonym), you can navigate through each of the available definitions from within the dictionary definition window.