Sunday, June 28, 2015

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 1 Receives Massive Firmware Update


There are hundreds of e-readers on the market and the vast majority of them receive no firmware updates. Even the big companies like Barnes and Noble hardly ever update their older models with new functionality, opting instead on marketing new devices. Amazon continues to buck this trend by continuing to support older models and today the Kindle Paperwhite 1 has received a major firmware update.

  • Support for Family LibraryWith Family Library, you can link two Amazon accounts and share books on your Kindle Paperwhite and other compatible Amazon devices and apps. To learn more, visit Family Library.
  • Support for Kindle FreeTime UnlimitedKindle FreeTime Unlimited is an optional monthly subscription for Kindle FreeTime that offers thousands of books for children ages three- to eight-years-old.
  • Word Wise – See Hints for Difficult WordsWith Word Wise, you can see simple definitions and synonyms displayed inline above more difficult words while you read. Word Wise makes it easier to understand challenging books more quickly.
  • X-Ray ImprovementsExplore the “bones of a book" with an improved timeline and the ability to browse images and filter by Notable Clips.
  • Deeper Goodreads IntegrationGoodreads on Kindle makes it quicker to access and update your reading status and adds the ability to preview and purchase books without leaving Goodreads.
  • Periodical ImprovementsYou can access up to 40 magazine back issues from the cloud on your device. Multiple issues of the same periodical are now collected together.

Amazon’s List of the Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

This past week Amazon issued a press release with a list of the best books of the year so far. The titles on the list were hand-picked by the Editoral Team. To see the complete list of titles selected, check out this Best Books of the Year page at Amazon. The list includes an […]

Kindle Payment Plans with No Interest or Fees

For quite some time now Amazon has been offering Kindle ereaders and Fire tablets through a monthly payments plan where you only have to pay 20% up front to get a new device. It’s actually a pretty good offer because there are no interest charges or extra fees, so the price is the exact same […]