Kindle Software Updated to Version 2.5

Posted by at 11:23 pm on June 15, 2010

Owners of Amazon’s Kindle reader devices are being automatically updated to the latest version of software which includes the following features:

  • Collections: Organize books and documents into one or more collections.
  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.
  • More Font Sizes & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
  • Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share meaningful book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle.
  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

According to Amazon, Kindle sofware is sent out wirelessly in batches and users need to do nothing, only wait for the update over the air.   Howerver if you are in a hurry you can use the instructions below to manually update your Kindle. If you have a software version prior to 2.5, you can download the latest Kindle software update to your computer and transfer it to your Kindle via USB.
Transfer Software to Your Kindle: Turn your Kindle on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Then use your computer’s file browser to copy the update file from your computer to the Kindle root directory. (The root directory contains a number of folders – such as “audible,” “documents,” and “music” – and is typically denoted by a “device” icon).

Monitor File Transfer and Disconnect: Check your file browser’s file transfer progress bar to ensure that file transfer to your Kindle is complete. When you’re confident the file has transferred successfully, you can use your computer’s unmount or eject function to safely disconnect Kindle from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from Kindle and your computer.

Start the Software Update: Go to the Home screen, press the Menu key, and select “Settings.” Press the Menu key again, and then select

“Update Your Kindle.” (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed.) Select “Ok” when prompted if you want to perform an update.

For more info check out the Kindle Help Page.

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