Amazon Releases New Kindle Firmware Update – But Only For the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Releases New Kindle Firmware Update - But Only For the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite e-Reading Software Kindle

When Amazon launched the new entry-level Kindle (2019) a couple weeks ago, the press release mentioned that the new device would let you sort your library by read and unread ebooks (this is a feature that Kobo already had years ago).

I think that feature has started to arrive on older Kindle models.

I just read over on MobileRead that Amazon has released a new firmware update for the Kindle Paperwhite (2018). The firmware version number is 5.11.1, and the firmware has only been released for the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. A quick check has not turned up firmware updates for any other model (at least, not by the time I published this post).

Since I don't have the waterproof Paperwhite, I can't tell you what features were added. But here's what Amazon said in the press release:

The all-new Kindle helps you go beyond a book with Amazon’s newest reading features. Now, when you finish a book, it will automatically be marked as read in your library and synced across your reading devices including Kindle, Fire tablet, and the free Kindle apps for iOS and Android. With just a few taps, you can filter to see which books you’ve read and which you haven’t, so organizing your library has never been easier.

Additionally, last year, we introduced a new home experience making it easier to find your next great read. We’re continuing to add to the experience and now you will find more recommendations based on your reading history, including new and trending titles in Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Store.

These features will be delivered as a free, over-the-air update to the all-new Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite Gen 6 (released in 2013), and newer devices in the coming months.

If you install the update, please do let me know what changed. Thanks!

Amazon

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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.

5 Comments

  1. Aesthetic Voyager27 March, 2019

    Version 5.11.1
    New translation languages,
    New keyboard languages,
    Performance improvements, bugfixes and other general enhancements.

    My paperwhite 2018 now runs like a super computer.

    Reply
  2. mia29 March, 2019

    Of course, one of the best features to date would only roll out to the newest paperwhite. Thank you Amazon!

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder29 March, 2019

      Amazon just released updates for other Kindle models.

      Reply
  3. Ingo Lembcke30 March, 2019

    Installed it, but cannot see a way to sort my books into “read/unread”.
    Could have been on the front page or deep in the settings, looked both places, I did not find it. If it is there, please tell me, but my guess is it ain’t there – my former work before retirement was as a Helpdesk Slave for IT, so while I make mistakes or overlook some things, I know what I am doing most of the time.

    The “What’s new” in the settings – info for the firmware does not mention it either.
    This is March 30th, 2019 on a Voyage – update_kindle_voyage_5.11.1.1.bin .

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2019

      I didn’t see it, either.

      Reply

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