Software Update for Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle

I came across this on amazon and thought I would pass this on to you. It is from Jeff H from amazon and he makes the following announcement:

“We have a free software update available for Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation), the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle (7th Generation).
In addition to performance improvements for your Kindle, new features include:

Smart Cards
A redesigned Smart Lookup makes it easier to get to the actions you want to take while reading – highlight, create a note, share a quote, and more, while keeping your favorite Smart Lookup features like Dictionary, Wikipedia, and X-Ray easily accessible. Just tap and hold on a word, phrase, or sentence to bring up Smart Lookup and swipe right to see the next card.

Reading Improvements
These reading improvements are:
~Bookerly, a new font specifically designed for digital screens and tailored for Kindle books, is now available on Kindle Voyage, the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle (7th Generation), in addition to Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation). It introduces a lighter, more graceful look that’s akin to the best traditional fonts found in print books.

~Improved word spacing, which results in faster, easier reading across all fonts. When words are unevenly spaced on a line of text, or the spacing between words varies from line to line, it’s harder for the eye to scan a passage of text while reading. So Amazon’s new technology uses advanced rules for breaking words across lines with hyphenation while adjusting the space between words, to create paragraphs that are more even and consistent line to line.

~Improved character placement, which increases word-recognition speed. Digital fonts in browsers lack the subtle variable adjustments between characters that make high-quality print materials look great. Amazon’s reading technology now applies kerning, which looks at neighboring pairs of letters in context and adjusts the character spacing to suit the word.

~Large font optimizations, which reduce visual distractions when customers choose larger font. The text is automatically left aligned to reduce gaps, and margins, indents, nested lists, borders and drop caps all get special treatment to keep the page easy to read with less effort.

~Enhanced page layout with typographically correct drop caps, and images and graphics that fit the page as the author meant them to be displayed, scaling correctly to reflect the page size and the customer’s preferred font size.

~Footnotes, endnotes and chapter notes are displayed in a pop up panel, either at the bottom of the page when the note will fit in the bottom-third of the page, or full screen if the note will not fit in the bottom-third of the page.

Personalized Recommendations on Goodreads on Kindle

Now you can access book recommendations personalized just for you inside the Goodreads app on your Kindle. The Goodreads algorithms analyze more than 20 billion data points and deliver surprising suggestions-all to help you find the book you’ll want to read next. If you haven’t used recommendations on Goodreads before, simply tell us your favorite genres and rate some books, and we’ll provide you with personalized recommendations. To learn more about a recommended title, just tap on the book cover to see more details. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be!”

These features will be delivered automatically as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks, or you can visit http://www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates to download the software update starting today”

How to Transfer Files from Your Computer to Your Kindle Paperwhite

Sometimes you may have files on your computer and would like to transfer them to your Kindle Paperwhite. You can do this very easily. Here’s how to: Although e-mailing or sending a document to your Kindle Paperwhite is fast and easy, connecting your Kindle via USB cable and transferring books via drag-and-drop is simple too.

If you are Mac or Window users you can download and transfer Kindle content and personal documents from your computer to your Kindle through the USB connection. When the Kindle is plugged into a computer, it appears as a removable mass-storage device.

Please note the systems requirements for transferring files via USB cable:

PC: Windows 2000 or later

Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.2 or later

USB port: An available port or an attached USB hub with an available port

To connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer:

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer, and connect the other end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on the bottom of the Kindle Paperwhite.

When connected to the PC, the Kindle Paperwhite goes into USB drive mode and its battery is recharged by the computer. Wireless service is temporarily shut off. The Kindle is not usable as a reading device while in USB drive mode but returns to your reading location when you eject the device from your computer.

  1. When your Kindle Paperwhite is connected, simply drag and drop (or copy and paste) the file from your computer’s hard drive to the Kindle Paperwhite.

For e-books, make sure to place the file in the Documents folder on the Kindle Paperwhite. If you put the file in the root drive, it won’t appear on the Home screen of your Kindle Paperwhite.

If your file is in a Kindle-compatible formats, you can transfer it directly from your computer to your Kindle Paperwhite via USB. To transfer the files, follow these easy steps:

  1. Connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer using the USB cable.

Your computer recognizes your Kindle Paperwhite when it’s plugged in and displays the Kindle Paperwhite as a removable drive. If you go to my Computer (PC) or Finder (Mac), your Kindle Paperwhite appears as a drive.

  1. Double-click the drive to open it and view the folders on your Kindle Paperwhite.
  2. Open another window and navigate to the file(s) you want to transfer to your Kindle Paperwhite.
  3. Drag the file(s) to the appropriate folder on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Place your text and documents files in the Documents folder on your Kindle Paperwhite.

You can also use the Copy and Paste commands to move documents to the documents folder.

  1. Eject your Kindle Paperwhite from your computer:
    • On a Windows 8 PC: Right-click the Kindle drive icon and choose Eject. A notification that it is safe to remove the device from the computer appears.
    • On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC,choose Start then Computer, and then right-click the Kindle drive icon and choose Eject. You can also left- or right-click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the lower-right corner of the taskbar.
    • On a Mac, Control-click the Kindle device icon and choose Eject.

The files you transferred are displayed on your Home screen and are available for you to view on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Your Kindle Paperwhite cannot read files that are protected with DRM. If this is the case, you see an error message when you try to open the e-book. Before buying books from sources other than Amazon, make sure that the file is compatible with your Kindle Paperwhite. All the best.