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Subject: First gen. Paperwhite firmware update
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2009
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Amazon has released a firmware update to give the first gen Paperwhites a lot of the new software features of the new second generation models.

Goodreads integration, new icons for collections (which you can apparently now manage in the cloud?), Kindle Free Time, a vocabulary quiz function...  It looks like there's a new feature that lets you skim through chapters easily without loosing your place (would be great for non-fiction), and it also looks like they've separated your bookmarks/highlights from the popular bookmarks/highlights.

I haven't played with it yet, but they say they've changed the way the footnotes work so you can read it in a pop-up rather than flipping back and forth and possibly loosing your place.

They included the translation function in the last update, so I think between the two updates, that's all the software features the new Kindle added.

I just installed the update, and it does seem a bit laggy at the moment...  Not sure if it's something with the firmware itself or just with the fact that it just installed an hour or two ago, but those of you who like others to be guinea pigs might want to turn off your wireless until a few more users report in.  

Date Posted: 3/11/2014 7:48 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2010
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I've updated. It has new cloud collections, and you can decide which collections to star to always appear on  your Kindle.  It takes quite a while for that info to all get downloaded.  The new collections also sometimes show books that were in a collection which you removed from the device without first removing them from the collection.

I like it.  I can see the books that are in collections on my Kindle Touch, and access them on the Paperwhite  without the need to copy the info over.

After first updating, many users report losing special offers, but if you reboot your Kindle they begin to reappear.

Just keep your kindle plugged in with wireless on if you've done the update as a lot of info will need to download and process.  Give it plenty of time to get done, or your paperwhite will be slow for a while.

Date Posted: 3/12/2014 11:30 AM ET
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Overall, I'm liking this update a lot.  Nothing ground shaking has been added, but there's a ton of little tweaks.  

The slowness cleared up by itself after a couple of hours so it was obviously doing something in the background still.  I did loose the Special Offers like Neil mentioned, but I kind of like the default "read" screen, so I'll wait to reboot until I get bored with it. 

A couple more things I've noticed... 

When you are highlighting something, it now gives the typical Android slider bars so you can adjust your selection if you need to before saving the highlight. 

It now shows your list of bookmarks as a little drop down menu, and you can tap to preview the bookmarked page in a little popup and then if you click on the pop up, it'll take you to that page.  Very useful when you're not sure exactly what bookmark you need.  The "Go To" menu now gives the table of contents in one tab and any notes/highlights in a second.  

Dictionary look-ups - if none of your dictionaries have a word, it switches over to Wikipedia by default, which is neat though I"m not often in range of a wireless network, so that tab is blank anyway.

The one thing I'm not really liking is the fact that "Kindle Free Time" gets such a prominent place in the main menu, even when it's disabled.  I don't have kids, so it's a big waste of space for me.  And if you accidentally click it, it turns it on, which is a pain.