Kindle Paperwhite (2012) Updated

Amazon has Kindle_Paperwhite_35438287_35437744_35438313_35438312_02_620x433[1]rolled out a minor update to last year’s Kindle Paperwhite yesterday.

According to the changelog the update adds general improvements, bug fixes, and a few minor features. This doesn’t include any of the features which the new Paperwhite had at launch, but they till sound useful:

  • Hide Reading Progress Option -While reading, tap the bottom left of the screen to switch between four reading progress options, including Location in book, Time left in chapter, Time left in book, and None, which hides your reading progress from the bottom of the screen. To learn more, go to View Your Reading Progress.
  • Optimised PDF Performance – Increased stability for complex PDF files and shorter time to open documents.
  • Improved Homonym Lookup in Chinese and Japanese -When you look up a word that has multiple meanings for the same spelling (homonym), you can view a full list of the available definitions from within the dictionary definition window.

The update will be pushed out to Kindles in the coming weeks,but if you want to manually download it you can click the following link.




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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Panich10 November, 2013

    Updated the firmware to 5.3.9 last night by accident. Desperately second the new feature to hide reading progress notification that has somewhat distracted the actual reading experience.

  2. kindleon26 November, 2013

    Goodreads is now part of the Kindle reading experience, PaperWhite owners can directly share favorite quotes with Goodreads friends without leaving the book, see what their friends are reading, read their reviews, discover new books to read, and rate a book after finishing it. Users can also keep track of their reading activity (update your Currently Reading


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