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Kindle 4 update 4.1.1 available

Posted By Juli Monroe On January 25, 2013 @ 9:31 am In kindle | 6 Comments

[1]If you have a Kindle 4 (that’s the one with the hardware controller and no keyboard), Amazon just released an software update [2].

I don’t have a Kindle 4, so I haven’t been able to test it out. There are no release notes, and the folks on Kindleboards [3] are saying it downloads very quickly, leading them to believe that it’s just a patch.

Have any of you downloaded and tried it out? Notice anything different?

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I just tried the update myself, and didn’t run into any trouble. Couple of things I should probably point out, though, especially for anyone who’s not really familiar with this sort of process:

[4] [5]1. The file you’re going to download from the Amazon site is a zipped CPGZ file. That’s not actually the file you want to drag-and-drop into the Kindle drive icon on your desktop. (Don’t worry—you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about once you read the software update instructions, here [2].) Instead, double-click on the CPGZ file; the resulting BIN file is the one you’ll need to drop into your Kindle drive icon. 

2. Also, if you’ve never before updated your Kindle, don’t freak out if it appears that the vast majority of your library has disappeared once the update completes. (Like, ahem, I just did.) Just give it a minute or so, and your library will rebuild.  

—Dan Eldridge  

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#1 Comment By Olly On January 25, 2013 @ 10:04 am

The update page on Amazon UK ( [6]) says: “With the new software update, Kindle customers can avail of Read for Free in Waterstones stores in the UK”. Never used the service so I don’t know if that’s new to 4.1.1 but I hadn’t seen it on there before.

#2 Comment By Juli Monroe On January 25, 2013 @ 11:11 am

Olly, that’s interesting. Any UK readers out there tried it out? I wasn’t aware Waterstones was offering a read for free option. B&N offers it in the States, and when I still had a Nook Color I used it occasionally. Nice feature, and I’m envious of you UK folks for having it on your Kindles. Is it available for all Kindles or just selected models?

#3 Comment By Olly On January 25, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

I must admit I’d never heard of the feature until I saw that. Potentially interesting but it kind of undermines the convenience of ebooks if you’re going all the way to a physical store to try out a sample of the book.

#4 Comment By Xendula On January 25, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

^ It’s what B&N is offering in the US, AFAIK.

#5 Comment By Juli Monroe On January 26, 2013 @ 10:57 am

Olly, I have a B&N just a few minutes from my house, and I frequently use it as a meeting place with clients. So it wasn’t out of my way. I used the feature to check out ebook formatting before I bought. It was nice to see if there were major issues before I plunked down $10 or more.

#6 Comment By Olly On January 27, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

Fair enough. I’ll give it a look next time I’m in town and see what the UK service is like.

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