Amazon Kindle’s New Update Brings Big Changes to the Way You Read eBooks
Amazon released a new Kindle firmware update this week that brings a number of major changes. The first big change in version 5.13.7 will be immediately visible to Kindle owners after installing the patch. This is because the Kindle home screen has undergone a complete design overhaul.
While the new Kindle Home screen looks like its predecessor in some ways, there are a number of big changes. First, the toolbar that was previously visible at the top is now gone – a search bar now taking its place.
At the bottom there are also two new buttons, one for the library and another for the home. Tapping the Home button will help Kindle users discover new books and content while tapping Library will bring up content already owned.
Interlaced between the Home and Library buttons, there is also an icon that gives quick access to the last book you read on your Kindle.
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Elsewhere, Kindle’s quick settings are now easier to access – with an up arrow that you need to drag down or tap.
In the Quick Settings screen, Kindle users will be able to access Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Dark Mode, and Sync options, as well as the ability to access the full settings screen.
If you like the sounds of this update, you need to have at least a seventh-generation Paperwhite or an eighth-generation Kindle or Oasis to be able to download this latest Kindle update.
The release of this new patch was highlighted on the Kindle Reddit page, with e-reader owners discussing the pros and cons of the patch.
And the response has been mixed, with some enjoying the new look and UI tweaks while others have found themselves with a few trivial frustrations.
One of them wrote: “It’s good but I hate it because I can’t delete the reading list from my house anymore. I don’t like seeing anything other than my books.”
While another posted, “Love the new update, for some reason my Kindle didn’t get it automatically, so I’m updating manually. It’s so fresh and modern.”
One of them added, “No. I hate it. Look for ways to prevent any update or roll back an update. I don’t want to see the home screen like that. If I wanted me to activate it on my current software. I like my books, in a list. No covers, no recommendations, just books. “
And another said: “Well I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the new look, actually I hate it !!”
And one of them speculated, “I like it. I really like it. It’s clean. It’s unlikely, but I’m wondering if a new device is in the pipeline. Street corner.”