Kindle Firmware Update 5.12.2

Back in July Amazon released a firmware update that added a “read now” feature to the before you go section found in the back of Kindle ebooks. Now they are adding a couple  additional quick access features.

Earlier this week Amazon released the 5.12.2 Kindle update. It’s a three-number update, which tells us it is a relatively minor update, and in fact the changelog only mentions two new features.

  • Read Now from the Store: In the coming weeks you will be able to read items you own with a single click from the detail or thank you page on the Store.
  • Read Now for Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading: In the coming weeks you will be able to read Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading items with a single click from the recommendations listed at the end of your book.
  • Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

Neither feature is completely new; in fact, the first is essentially the same as a feature we’ve had in the web browser for years.

But one important different between this update and the last is that this update is only available for the Oasis, Voyage, the last three (of four) generations of the Paperwhite, and the basic Kindle.

You can download the update from the Kindle eReader Software Updates page on

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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. Stas7 October, 2019

    This update broke downloading in my Paperwhite (7th gen). It now freezes and hangs after download is finished. Then it wakes up and books are NOT downloaded.

    Fun fact: if you restart PW after such a weird download, the books are actually downloaded.

    Shall we applaud the developers?

  2. Mark17 October, 2019

    Does anyone do have same problem with reading time?
    Since Update the accu ist empty after 1-2 days on my PW 10th generation.

    RESET does not help.

  3. rik25 October, 2019

    Since this update the battery dies within a few hours on my PW 6th gen nothing (not even new battery) helps

    1. mehmet8 December, 2020

      this is for Kindle (7th Generation)

  4. Sandra Alencar3 November, 2019

    My PW does not receive emailed converted documents anymore. 🙁

  5. Jennifer23 November, 2019

    Kindle Oasis 9th Gen, horrible battery life after this update.

  6. Lila25 November, 2019

    I have the same problem as Stas on my Voyage. Is it a ploy to get us to buy a new kindle?


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