New Kindle Paperwhite Firmware

Amazon released new firmware for the 2nd Generation Kindle Paperwhite (5.4.2).  This firmware brings some promised features to the Paperwhite.

  • Kindle FreeTimeFreeTime lets you create personalized profiles for kids, and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Kids can keep track of their personal reading progress and earn achievement badges. To learn more, go to Kindle FreeTime.
  •  Goodreads on KindleConnect with the world’s largest community for readers from your Kindle Paperwhite. See what your friends are reading, share notes, and rate the books you read. To learn more, go to Find and Share Books with Goodreads on Kindle.
  •  Cloud CollectionsUse Cloud Collections to organize titles in custom categories and store your collections in the Cloud. To learn more, go to Organize Your Content with Cloud Collections.

If you are patient, the update will be pushed out to your paperwhite via wifi.  But that can take a couple weeks.  If you want to download and install yourself you can download the firmware here.  The official announcement is here. blog is reporting a bug in their initial tests, but they seem very minor and potentially the intended design, not a real bug.

This matches the previous firmware upgrades for the Kindle Fires earlier this week.

This update is not for the first generation paperwhite, but I would guess the firmware for first generation paperwhites will be released soon.

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