You’ll enjoy an improved home screen, for example, and speedier access to certain settings, including the one turning off your WiFi to save power. Sharing book quotes with friends is also easier.
But, stubbornly, mysteriously, Amazon refuses to offer all-text bolding capability despite the millions of Kindle users who could benefit from more perceived-contrast between the screen and the text. Look, I’ve been writing about Kindle contrast issues all the way back to 2009 or before. I encourage fellow sufferers to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
More positively, the update also include a number of other features such as a “Personalized Home Screen.” Benefiting from the update will be the bottom-of-the-line Kindle, the two newest Paperwhites and the deluxe Voyage.
If you don’t want to wait for the changes to reach you later this month via WiFi, you can update manually by first going to the Kindle and Fire update page. Then identify the exact model you own, go to its upgrade page (newest Paperwhite here), then follow instructions for the actual update procedure (newest Paperwhite here).
Among the features added:
Personalized Home Screen
Your most recent books are featured in the upper left of your Home screen. Tap on My Library to view all your Kindle e-books.
View the books downloaded on your device by tapping “Downloaded”, or see all your e-books (including the ones in the Cloud) by tapping on “All”.
A new section called “My Reading Lists”–found in the upper right hand on your Home screen–shows the books on your Amazon Wish List and any samples you’ve downloaded. If you’re a Goodreads member, it will also include books on your Goodreads Want to Read shelf.
The bottom of your Home screen rotates to show you personalized book recommendations, books your Goodreads friends are reading, best-selling titles, and more. The list of recommendations changes every time you resume your Kindle from sleep mode, so you’ll always have new books right at your fingertips.
Easily Access Popular Settings
Our readers’ most-used settings–like airplane mode and device sync–can now be found together with just one tap of your toolbar.
Get Book Recommendations
With your input, we’ll provide a list of recommended titles to help you discover more books you’ll love.
First, tell us your favorite genres. Then rate a few books in the genres you selected. After hitting “next” at the bottom of that screen, you’ll receive a list of personalized recommendations. See a book you might like? Start reading the free sample, or add it to your Goodreads Want to Read shelf.
Sharing Made Easy
Share your favorite book or quote with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter. With one tap, they’ll be able to instantly read a free preview of the book–right from the web browser on their phone, tablet, or PC–even if they’ve never used Kindle before. No download, sign up, or sign in required.
Detail: No, the upgrade doesn’t give E Ink Kindles a color screen. The orange in the screen shot from Amazon simply highlights the “My Reading Lists” feature.