Kindle Keyboard Software Update Version 3.3 Adds New Features

Kindle 3

Amazon has started rolling out a new software update, version 3.3, for the Kindle Keyboard, formally known as the Kindle 3.

The update gives the Kindle Keyboard the ability to sync and archive personal documents and non-Kindle ebooks (here’s the post from yesterday explaining this new Kindle feature in case you missed it: Uploading Non-Kindle eBooks and Personal Documents for Archiving and Syncing on Kindles).

The update is being delivered via Wi-Fi, so make sure your wireless is turned on. From the Kindle’s homescreen you can press Menu and select “Sync and Check for Items” to check for the update. It will download automatically and install the next time the Kindle goes to sleep.

For those that don’t have Wi-Fi, you can download the update from Amazon’s update help page and sideload it onto the Kindle with the USB cable.

Here’s some of the new features included in the update:

Download your archived Personal Documents on Kindle Keyboard: You can now view and download your archived personal documents to your Kindle Keyboard conveniently anywhere at any time. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library until you delete them from Manage Your Kindle.

Whispersync for Personal Documents on Kindle Keyboard: Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations for personal documents (with the exception of PDFs) across the Kindle devices.

AmazonLocal deals on Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers: Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers users in many regions can now view,purchase, and redeem AmazonLocal deals directly from Kindle Keyboard — no computer, no printer, no hassle. AmazonLocal offers savings up to 75% off products and services from businesses in your city, national chains and online merchants.

Voice Guide Shortcut: Kindle Keyboard users can now quickly turn the Voice Guide feature on and off by holding the Shift key and pressing Spacebar. Voice Guide reads aloud menu options, content listings and item descriptions.

6 Responses to “Kindle Keyboard Software Update Version 3.3 Adds New Features”

  1. Big News. Now if they will include the foreign dictionarie with the Kindle app as well.

  2. Everyone get’s an update but what about the Kindle DXG ?
    What a pity that Amazon forgot about their premier product !

  3. Is Amazon.actually sending the upgrade out now? Have connected to Amazon a number of times over the last two days over Wifi and no luck.

    • Mine hasn’t updated yet either. I guess Amazon is taking their sweet time. You can sideload the update by visiting the software page referenced above if you want the new features now.

  4. I have Calibre loaded on my mac mini and I also have a iPad but wanting to get some kind of Kindle for my wife who is a tech illiterate and I’m not very savvy myself. I am really wanting to get one other than the Fire due to ease of reading plus I do get some eye strain on my iPad. Thinking of the Touch. At this time I have no device. But back to my question, I have tried to put some of the free books into my Calibre library from Amazon with no joy. When I go to my downloads on my mac I see the 3 books I downloaded but when I go to my downloads in Calibre they are grayed out so I can’t load them into Calibre. Again I’m not very good on this puter so I need simple answers.

    • Calibre does work for managing Kindle books but I’m not familiar with Mac computers. I’d suggest hitting the Calibre help forum. Kindle books all get tied to Kindle devices via Amazon’s cloud storage so Calibre isn’t as necessary as with other ebook readers, but it’s a good resource nonetheless.