The Kindle Touch just got an automatic update. A manual update was released about a month ago, but it is usually worth it to just wait for the automatic one. Kindle Touch Update 5.1 includes several important fixes such as better wi-fi, landscape mode, KF8 publishing, and text to speech.
The Kindle Touch recently arrived in Europe. How fitting that this update also includes more language support and instant translations. Amazon is finally getting going with reaching out to the global market.
I have noticed that my Kindle Touch has a crisper display. I was disappointed to see that there were still shadows of the previous page text. Does anyone else with a Kindle Touch see this issue as well? This is one thing that I keep hoping will be resolved with each update.
I like the landscape option a lot, especially since I have to blow up the text size. It allows more room for the text, and also provides another option for holding the e-reader. It also adds more flexibility when holding the device for a long period of time.
To access landscape mode, you have to tap the menu and turn it on. Maybe one day the ability to just turn the Kindle sideways will trigger it.
If your Kindle is using wi-fi, then the update should automatically download. Otherwise, turn on wi-fi, go to menu, then settings. Once in the settings, tap menu again and select “Update Your Kindle.” This option will be greyed out if you already have the latest update.
If the success of the Nook GlowLight is any indication, the next big update to the Kindle Touch will be a built in light. I look forward to being able to read in all lighting conditions without the added hassle of extra accessories.