First Generation Kindle Paperwhite Gets Second Generation Software Update

Skye Hudson 12-03-2014

Amazon’s first generation Kindle Paperwhite, originally launched back in October of 2012, is finally receiving a software update to bring it up to date with the second generation Paperwhite. The update should be rolling out automatically to all devices over the coming days and weeks, but your device must be connected to WiFi for this happen. If you want to update sooner, it can be downloaded from Amazon’s website.


The biggest new features include: Kindle FreeTime, which allows the user to set up personalized profiles for young children that tracks their progress and awards badges for reading; Goodreads, Amazon’s reading-centered social network, is now tightly integrated; and Vocabulary Builder, which helps to improve your reading comprehension or can even help you learn a second language How To Learn A Language Using The Kindle Paperwhite With the built-in dictionary and Vocabulary Builder on your Paperwhite, reading in another language is as convenient as it will ever be. Read More  by tracking the words that you look up.


To check if you’ve received the update yet, look for the Goodreads “g” in the top right of your Kindle, as shown above.

Other smaller updates include Cloud Collections, a method for better organizing your books; Page Flip, which allows you to scan through the book without losing your original page; improvements to the bookmarks, highlights, and notes features; Smart Lookup, which will give you the dictionary definition, Wikipedia entry, plus X-Ray information of any word in a book by simply tapping and holding it; and the ability to read footnotes inline without losing your page.

How happy are you that this update is finally here? Have you got any complaints or issues with it? Let us know in the comments.


Source: Amazon, Goodreads

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  1. Hassan Javaran
    March 13, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I'm pretty excited to know a new upgrade is out for my kindle, I use it extensively and am really looking forward to finding out how this upgrade would make my reading experience improve.
    Thanks for the heads up

    • Justin D
      March 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      no problem! glad you like it.