Kindle Software Update Released

Posted: Nov 14 2014, 8:38am CST | by , Updated: Nov 14 2014, 8:41am CST, in News | Technology News


Kindle Software Update Released

New Kindle features are here including Word Wise.

Amazon today announced a Kindle software update that includes new features such as Word Wise and Family Library. This free Kindle software update works with the $79 Kindle and Kindle Voyage, as well as the most recent version of Kindle Paperwhite.

“We can’t wait to hear what customers think about these new software features,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “Word Wise makes it easier for kids learning to read and readers learning English to understand more challenging books more quickly, with short and simple definitions that automatically appear above difficult words. Additionally, Family Library lets family members share books with a spouse or partner, without sharing an Amazon account.”

New Kindle features include:

Kindle Word Wise
For readers learning English and children learning to read, Word Wise makes it easier to understand more challenging books more quickly. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading without having to stop and look up a word. To see the various meanings the same word can have in different contexts, just tap on the word to quickly bring up a card with definitions, synonyms, and more. You can adjust the number of definitions you see with a slider, dialing them up or down as you learn and grow your vocabulary. Word Wise is already available on thousands of titles, including The Hunger Games, The Giver, and Wonder. See a screenshot:

Family Library
For the first time, you can access not only your own Kindle books, but also books from the Amazon account of a spouse or partner. See a screenshot:

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
For as little as $2.99 per month, kids get unlimited access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents don’t have to spend time and money guessing what their kids will enjoy. Includes favorites such as the Harry Potter series, The Borrowers by Mary Norton, Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce, and Newberry Medal and Honor winning books such as The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

Expanded X-Ray for Books
X-Ray now makes it easier to explore as you read—quickly flip through all the images in a book, and use the new timeline view to easily browse the most notable passages. 

Deeper Goodreads Integration
Goodreads on Kindle now allows you to easily share your reading progress updates, add books from your Kindle library to your Goodreads shelves, and see your friends’ updates, ratings and reviews when looking at a book on Goodreads. 

Enhanced Search
Makes it even easier to find what you are looking for by combining and previewing results from your Library, Goodreads and the Kindle Store on the same page. 

About This Book
See information about the book as you start to read, including its place in a series and author information, plus mark it as “Currently Reading” on Goodreads. 

These new Kindle features will be delivered automatically as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks, or you can visit to download the software update starting today.

The Kindle just got better with this new software update. We expect Amazon to soon launch some Kindle Black Friday deals. I especially expect discounts on the expensive $199 Kindle Voyage. Visit our Black Friday News section for the latest.

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