Amazon’s Kindle 3 Gets Software Update

Amazon has announced that a new software update is available for owners of the latest generation 6″ Kindle (both the Wi-Fi only and 3G versions). Firmware version 3.0.1 contains performance improvements and the ability to create a new account directly from the Kindle. Previously, you needed a computer to set up an account.

Right now, the only way to get the update is to download it to your computer and transfer it to the Kindle via USB (kind of ironic given that the whole point of the update is to eliminate the need for a computer). But Amazon says that they “will also deliver this software update wirelessly in the coming weeks for customers who choose not to manually update via USB now.” Go to their website for a step-by-step guide on how to update the Kindle’s software.

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  • denbo

    Updated my Kindle 3 and so far cannot see ANY benfit!
    Imporved performance? Not noticeably.
    NONE of the books I have on my Kindle show the page number so guessing this may only be when you purchase newer books as there is no option to turn the page numbers on/off as far as I can see.
    I rated a book, but this seems to be just for giving info to others as after its rated you cannot see your rating in the info anywhere a la iTunes which would have been slightly useful.
    No new screensavers which is very dissapointing.
    Errr, what else didn’t I notice…. the reader comment thing – I don’t really care what other people think and would find a professional critic website if I really wanted a review of any value.
    So. What was the point!
    So many things that they could have done such as a change of screensavers, use your own screensavers, improve the mp3 controls so you could navigate music easier, create collections WITHIN collections (nested), maybe an option to have the clock showing all the time, sort by rating (if your rating where visible), prioritise which books you want to read next, and probably lots more things that would have actually have been useful!
    Oh well.
    Off to look if anyone has found any easter eggs in the new update that may make me feel it was 10 minutes well spent! Thats about the only plus point – the update process was pretty easy and painless by USB transfer.
    Maybe Amazon will listen to its customers next time?