Yes, yes, you do not need to charge a Real Book or update the book’s software. But now, our trusted Kindles remind us that they are indeed Wi-Fi connected, capable of transforming electronic devices as Amazon unveils a rare, significant design upgrade for the first time in years.
To make navigation easier, the new look adds a two-tab bar at the bottom of the home screen, allowing users to easily toggle between the “Home” and “Library” screens. To gain access to frequently used features, Kindle released an arrow at the top of the screen. When tapped, it displays buttons for accessing Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Dark Mode, Sync or the rest of the Settings menu. There is also a brightness slider.
Amazon notified customers of the update on Friday and said it would be out in the coming weeks, but many users with qualified devices – Kindle (8th Gen and above), Kindle Paperwhite (7th Gen and above) and Kindle Oasis – have already downloaded Is. Update. If you’re not sure what kind of Kindle you have, you can check here, but if your Kindle is 2015 or later, you probably deserve it. If your Kindle is connected to Wi-Fi, the update will be installed automatically, but you can download it manually here.
The company says it will continue to improve home and library screens later this year – allowing users to swipe left on the home page to view recently read books from their library. Then, the Library screen will introduce a new filter and sort menu, a new collection view, and an interactive scroll bar.
This is the biggest design update Kindle has released since 2016 – but if you noticed that the user interface felt old when you finished your summer reading, now you know that Amazon has noticed too.