Amazon offers Kindle e-readers a uncommon consumer interface overhaul

Amazon’s Kindle e-readers get new software program updates frequently, they usually’re principally of the nondescript, invisible “efficiency enhancements and bug fixes” selection. However the newest working system replace (model 5.13.7) is rolling out now, and it refreshes the system’s consumer interface for the primary time since 2016 or so. Amazon says that redesigns for the Dwelling and Library screens, that are principally untouched within the present Kindle replace, will likely be coming “later this yr.”

The software program replace that allows the brand new interface started rolling out in August, however as a result of Kindles solely set up updates robotically after they’re charging and linked to Wi-Fi, it will likely be a number of weeks or months earlier than all supported Kindles could have an opportunity to seize the replace (mine solely put in it over this previous weekend). That will help you navigate the modifications, the gallery above offers a quick tour of all the things that has modified.

The brand new replace is on the market on most Kindles launched in or after 2015, together with the Seventh- and Tenth-generation Kindle Paperwhite, the Eighth-, Ninth-, and Tenth-generation Kindle Oasis, and the Eighth- and Tenth-generation customary Kindle. Older “Seventh-generation” Kindle units like 2014’s Kindle Voyage do not seem like supported. In case your Kindle hasn’t put in the replace, the hyperlink above offers you directions for putting in it manually.

The brand new replace would not repair Amazon’s complicated Kindle naming scheme, which teams totally different units into “generations” which are numbered primarily based roughly on after they had been launched, not on what technology of product they really are; the “Tenth-generation” Paperwhite is definitely solely the fourth Paperwhite Amazon has launched. However you now can head into the Machine Data display and see which Kindle you are utilizing as a substitute of getting to guess.

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